April Verch
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Pembroke, Ontario, Canada | SELF

Pembroke, Ontario, Canada | SELF
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Also, for live video footage of instrumental, vocal and stepdance selections visit:

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Vintage Guitar Magazine
“Her style, technique and sheer virtuosity rivals anyone who’s ever held a bow.”

Boston Globe
“Among the most promising new fiddlers in roots music today…Verch is never afraid to lace her playing with clever twists of bluegrass, blues, and pop.”

Dirty Linen
“Canadian fiddler (and step dancer) April Verch is one of those enviable people who can seemingly play anything with skill and ease.”

Sing Out!
“April Verch…is a marvel to behold. She's a true prodigy, who by the age of six was stepdancing and fiddling in her native Canada…truly a player worth watching in the coming years.”

Bluegrass Unlimited
“…a strong composer…she displays a thorough command of her instrument.”

Toronto Star
“Playful and flirtatious, whimsical and wry, Verch is in peak form, having reached a transcendent level of musicianship where hard-earned technique can be safely abandoned.”

Halifax Herald
“It's always a good thing for a performer to leave an audience howling for more. But she is such a startlingly brilliant player/performer you have to wonder whether even too much would be enough…pulling tone out of her fiddle leaf, stem, root and all, she yanked the final night crowd to their feet with her explosive style…”

No Depression
“…she takes a deep, refreshing look at old-time songs and sounds…and finds the right balance between parlor and stage, between contest improvisation and studio professionalism.”

All Music.com
“she jumps from one style to another, skirling out a vigorous set of jigs or crooked French reels one minute, then delivering a jazzy original tune or a straight-up country weeper the next. “

New Brunswick Read
“The Otttawa Valley's April Verch is perhaps everything you want in a fiddler-singerdancer. Her vocals cut through eras and genres to take you to that timeless place, somewhere in our collective memory but very close to your heart. Her raw fiddling is playful, tuneful but not showy, a welcoming tone…I'm now going to admit something that may get me kicked out of the region: I think Verch is the best singing fiddler I know,
including all the Maritimers.”

Nashville City Paper
“April Verch sings with such stark, direct intensity that it's almost surprising that her fiddle playing has touches of flash as well as fire.”

Buffalo News
“Her voice is lovably high and lilting, like that of Emmylou Harris or Dolly Parton. It's almost as musical and delectable in their way too.”

Patriot Ledger
“…her Ottawa Valley roots - melding music of French-Canadian, Scottish, Irish, German and Polish traditions – and her playing of various regional Canadian styles, make her music distinctly different.”

Ottawa Citizen
“Her voice…swings easily from contemporary country to traditional gospel…her fiddling – at once articulate, crisp and spunky – is an endless delight…”
- Various


Discography

Bright Like Gold -
Slab Town Records (2013)

That's How We Run -
Slab Town Records (2011)

Steal The Blue -
Slab Town Records (2008)

Take Me Back -
Rounder Records (2006)

From Where I Stand -
Rounder Records (2003)

Verchuosity -
Rounder Records (2001)

Fiddelicious -
April Verch Music (1998)

Fiddle Talk -
April Verch Music (1995)

Springtime Fiddle -
April Verch Music (1992)

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April Verch has never sounded more comfortable in her skin than she does now, in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter. Her ninth album, Bright Like Gold, captures a woman who’s fleshed out her identity and is in full command of her gifts, a woman who’s grown from a prodigy into an enduring artist—one of music’s most unforgiving public transitions—with grace and grit to spare.

The April Verch Band—rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin, who has a Masters in jazz improv from the New England Conservatory—is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating outfit, not to mention one that’s not soon forgotten when they depart the stage. It doesn’t hurt that the thrilling grand finale involves Verch fiddling and step dancing—and often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns—at once.

Something else that’s downright impressive is the range of material Verch, Walters and Griffin inhabit on the new album. She’s so fluent in folk traditions—the Canadian ones she was born into and the American ones she later found her way to—that old fiddle tunes like those featured in the Canadian medley “Dusty Miller,” “Fiddle Fingers” and “Grizzly Bear” and the Appalachian medley “Edward in the Treetop,” “Yellow Jacket” and “Quit That Tickling Me” sound positively reinvigorated. Originals like her instrumental waltz “Morris & Boris” and country courting number “The Only One” are clearly made to last.

What makes the latter song even more special is that Bluegrass Hall of Famer Mac Wiseman’s voice is on it, and he’s not the only guest of note. Premier old-time fiddler Bruce Molsky joins Verch for some handsome dual fiddling on “Evening Star Waltz,” and bluegrass banjo icon Sammy Shelor appears on “Davy Davy” and “Folding Down the Sheets.” Griffin’s “Foolish Heart” offers a playful take on western swing, Walters' “Raven In the Hemlock” unfurls melodic surprises and Verch’s “Broken” and “Sorry” have real emotional heft. The fact that she also chose to include “No Other Would Do”—the only song her dad’s ever written—perfectly completes the musical circle.

Verch, leader of this self-assured ensemble, is claiming her power as an artist and a woman, and taking charge of her recording process. Produced by Verch, Walters, Griffin, and their engineer Chris Rosser, Bright Like Gold is, quite literally, the album of Verch’s life. 

It’s a wonder to behold Verch pulling off those pristine double-time triplets with her feet, and the myriad other ways she’s made good on the promise she showed at a tender age by becoming an artist in touch with roots and in her element.  She won't be the one to mention her championship titles to you, or even the fact that she represented Canada's fiddling tradition by performing in the Opening Ceremonies at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.  “The accolades are important and noteworthy and special to me,” she says, “but what I think is most impressive to me is that I’ve been doing this full time since 2000. We make a living playing music that we love and it touches other people. I feel like we’re extremely lucky to do that, but also I work really hard, not just at the music, but at every aspect of our career, to make that happen. That we find a way to make it work, and have had that kind of longevity, that's impressive to me.”

And rightfully so. Verch has perfected the art of winning fans for life.