While April Verch (pictured at right with band members) 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 beyond, for a well-rounded tour-de-force of North Americana sounds. Verch tours with world-class musicians as a trio, featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass and clawhammer banjo in addition to Verch’s vocals, fiddle and foot percussion.
One might suspect a performer with as many talents as Verch would pause to take a breath, or need to somewhat compartmentalize her skills during a live performance. But on stage, Verch is almost superhuman, flawlessly intertwining and overlapping different performative elements. She stepdances while fiddling. She sings while stepdancing. 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. She was one of six 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."
For over two decades has been recording and captivating audiences worldwide, exploring new and nuanced places each step of the way. Early this year, she released her latest album, "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.