LONG-DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP: Whether it's Appalachian, Irish, Brazilian or Malawian traditional music, Swannanoa-born fiddler Finn Magill is a master. The world traveler plays a hometown show April 11 at The Grey Eagle.

Traditiona­l fiddler Finn Magill returns to his WNC roots for a concert

While Magill is open to many styles of music, something about choro immediately struck him. “When I was in West Africa, I’d be listening to polyrhythms and think, ‘What the hell is going on?’ Initially, I just couldn’t get it,” he says. “But with choro, I thought, ‘Yeah, I get this. Even if I can’t play it, I kind of know how it works.’”