April Verch

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Fiddler, singer, and stepdancer April Verch knows how relevant an old tune can be. She was raised surrounded by living, breathing roots music—her father’s country band rehearsing; the lively music at church and at community dances; the tunes she rocked out to win fiddle competitions. She thought every little girl learned to stepdance at the age of three and fiddle at the age of six. She knew nothing else and decided early on that she wanted to be a professional musician.

She took that leap, and for over two decades has been recording and captivating audiences worldwide, exploring new and nuanced places each step of the way. In 2017 she released The April Verch Anthology (Slab Town Records), an 18-track collection celebrating her life’s work. Hand-picked by Verch, the songs on this compilation offer an enchanting mix of regional Canadian, American old-time, bluegrass, country and Americana tracks.

April's upcoming 12th recording, coming in 2019, is a celebration of classic country music of the 50's and 60's.  Recorded in Nashville by Bil VornDick, and produced by Doug Cox, the album will present Verch with a full country band, featuring a cast of legendary musicians who helped shape this influential era of music (Redd Volkaert, Al Perkins, The Time Jumpers fiddlers, among others).  As Verch puts it, "this album is a love letter and a thank you letter in one, to the artists, songwriters, musicians, and industry professionals who created, perhaps in some cases without even realizing it, an era of music that speaks to me in a way that no other music does." However, it's more than merely a tribute to the era's golden country greats; Verch's signature vocals and well-rounded musical history place an undeniable twist of individuality on these beloved songs. 

While Verch is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada, her performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and far beyond, for a well-rounded tour-de-force of North Americana sounds. Verch and her fellow trio members pare down their arrangements, highlighting the simple pleasures of upright bass, guitar, clawhammer banjo, voices, fiddle, and stepping in intimate conversation. At the heart lie Verch’s delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning playing.  Sometimes she sings, steps and fiddles all at once, with apparent ease and precision. Verch is - as they say - a triple threat in performance, her live show a beautiful companion to her music: versatile, robust, and masterfully executed.

Verch began her full time touring career in 2000 and has performed around the world, including festival, theatre and performing arts centre appearances in Canada, USA, China, Australia, United Kingdom, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain, Czech Republic and the United Arab Emirates. She also presents workshops, master classes, and lectures as part of her tours and at selected music camps. 

Verch won’t be the one to tell you about her championship titles, nominations, and awards, or the fact that she was one of 6 fiddlers who represented the Canadian fiddle tradition to the world at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, as part of a segment called "Fiddle Nation”.  Instead, in speaking with her, you’ll hear about how passionate she is about sharing her music; in small gatherings in remote communities in Iqaluit, to large prestigious concert halls like Mozartsal in Vienna.

Even as she plays with the tradition she inherited, Verch keeps the community-fired celebratory side of her music at the forefront, honing a keen awareness of how to engage contemporary listeners. It’s why Rolling Stone cited her “One of the 12 best things we saw at MerleFest in 2016.”

“Just as contemporary bluegrass has Alison Krauss as an ambassador, the Ottawa Valley has April Verch,” said NPR’s Marco Werman on “The World.”  And Verch never forgets the roots of her music, that connection to the people out there in the audience, on the dance floor, to the community sparked by a good song.  “It’s about joining together to celebrate everyday life, through music.  We’re all in this together.”

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  • 02/08/2019
  • Charlottesville, VA

Fiddler, step dancer & singer April Verch brings her fresh and feisty approach on North American traditions to Prism Coffeehouse on Feb 8

Fiddler, singer, and stepdancer April Verch has never been content to stand still. One of the most esteemed fiddlers of her generation, Verch has been immersed in a deeply explorative musical journey since the age of three, with new chapters unfolding each step of the way. On February 17, 2017, Verch released The April Verch Anthology (Slab Town Records), an 18-track collection celebrating her life’s work.

The April Verch Anthology offers an enchanting mix of regional Canadian, American...

News

  • 03/15/2019, Delphi, IN, Delphi Opera House, 7:30 PM View
  • 03/14/2019, Oxford, OH, Big Song Music House, 8:00 PM View
  • 02/16/2019, Syracuse, NY, Oswego Music Hall, 8:00 PM View
  • 02/09/2019, Glen Allen, VA, Shady Grove Coffeehouse, 8:00 PM View
  • 02/08/2019, Charlottesville, VA, Prism Coffeehosue, 7:00 PM View
  • 11/11/2018, Houston, TX, Fulshear Concerts, 5:15 PM View
  • 10/24/2018, London, ON, The Aeolian Hall, 8:00 PM View
  • 10/23/2018, Toronto, ON, Hugh's Room Live, 8:30 PM View

Press

  • Broadway World, Event preview, 01/07/2019, The April Verch Anthology Comes To Festival Place
  • NPR - Ideastream, Feature story, 10/18/2018, Applaus Performances
  • Utica Observer Dispatch, Event preview, 06/12/2018, April Verch Band Dances To Its Own Tune
  • Cowichan Valley Citizen, Event preview, 05/11/2018, April Verch and Pharis & Jason Romero headline a double bill folk music performance
  • Comox Valley Record, Event preview, 05/10/2018, Fiddler on the move
  • Record-Courier, Event preview, 04/05/2018, Fiddler, singer, step dancer performs in Kent
  • Star Gazette, Event preview, 04/03/2018, April Verch Band brings rootsy fiddle tunes to Deane Center in Wellsboro
  • Cool Cleveland, Event preview, 02/28/2018, Verch fiddles-sings-step-dances way to Oberlin's Riverdog Gallery
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