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April Verch Band
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When you see April Verch perform, the first thing that strikes you
is the pure energy that infuses her fiddle playing and stepdancing.
When you listen to her though, what draws you in are more subtle
things—her pure voice, the finely detailed elegance of her fiddle
phrasing and the depth of a repertoire that ranges through material
from bluegrass to Brazilian to Celtic, from a jaunty Canadian folksong
to a poignant contemporary ballad. April is world-class fiddler,
a champion Ottawa Valley stepdancer, an acclaimed composer, and
a vocalist whose voice has been hailed as “absolutely captivating”
by the Toronto Star. In addition to April’s talents, the April Verch
Band features world-class musicians Clay Ross on guitar and Cody
Walters on upright-electric bass and banjo. The April Verch Band
tours tirelessly across Canada, the United States, the U.K. and
Europe. They have established a reputation as consummate performers,
winning over audiences not only with sheer virtuosity on
their respective instruments, but also with charm, humor and
boundless energy on stage.
It was April’s time spent studying music at Berklee College of Music
in Boston (under Matt Glaser and Darol Anger) that first lead her to
blend together different forms of traditional music to form her own
distinct sound. She then launched her professional career by winning
the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and the Canadian
Open Fiddle Champion titles (the first and only woman to win both).
In addition to her vigorous touring schedule, she is in great demand
for her teaching skills at workshops, master classes and music
April has released seven recordings to date, her 2001 Rounder Records
release earned a JUNO nomination (the Canadian equivalent to
a Grammy) for “Best Roots/Traditional Album”. Her most recent
release, Steal The Blue (2008), was co-produced by Stephen Mougin
of the Sam Bush Band and Jon Weisberger. It is both a compelling
collection of vocal and instrumental selections and the best portrait
yet of April as a performing artist, while testifying to the esteem in
which she's held by Nashville's bluegrass and roots musicians. The
album features harmony vocals from Patty Mitchell, Melonie Cannon,
Stephen Mougin, Jana Mougin, and includes songs from some familiar
names: Tim Stafford, Steve Gulley, Craig Market, Sarah Siskind,
Sarah Pirkle, Larry Cordle and John Hartford, as well as Mark Simos
and Jon Weisberger.
April is an utterly unique performer, whose high energy brand of
musicianship inevitably brings audiences to their feet, whether at a
folk festival in Finland, a concert hall like the Ryman Auditorium, a
bluegrass festival in Oklahoma, or a Celtic festival in California.

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