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. Once A Day, via Slab Town Records.followup to her 2017 career-spanning release The April Verch Anthology, this new album is a
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.”
Americana/Roots | World Music/Traditional | Country
April Verch, Ottawa Valley’s preeminent roots artist, delves deeper with “The Anthology Tour”
One of the most esteemed fiddlers of her generation, April Verch has been immersed in a deeply explorative musical journey since the age of three. In early 2017, Verch released The April Verch Anthology (Slab Town Records), an 18-track collection of her life’s work, spanning 25 years as one of Canada’s leading musicians and songwriters. Now the April Verch Band will bring this celebration to the stage with The Anthology Tour.
With a blend of honest storytelling and both lively and contemplative music, The Anthology Tour delves deeper in sharing experiences of Verch’s lifelong musical journey, from child prodigy of the Ottawa Valley all the way to internationally acclaimed touring and recording artist. This performance is a true companion to The April Verch Anthology, and will center musically on career-spanning fan favorites – many of which have not been incorporated into her live performances in years.
Verch’s live show is notoriously virtuosic and exuberant, but forging a genuine connection with her audience remains her priority on stage. The Anthology Tour breathes new life not only into Verch’s most celebrated songs, but also into the intimate living-room atmosphere she so expertly crafts.
The experience of this program is immersive and will offer audiences a rare glimpse behind the curtain, including one-on-one moments with just Verch and her fiddle on stage, as well as a Q&A portion where audiences will have the unique opportunity of directly conversing with the artist. In the digital age, music fans are often left to try and connect with their favorite artists through the fine-tuned promotional filters of social media. The Anthology Tour seeks to break down that barrier and share the compelling experiences that have shaped Verch’s life and career conversationally, and with honesty.
Featuring stories of the producers, band members, and career challenges and highlights along the way, The Anthology Tour will delight existing fans both old and new, and indulge curiosities about the life of a world-renowned touring musician, North American traditional music, and beyond.