April 26, 2008
Canadian fiddler, dancer and singer April Verch have a contagious energy and a side of comedic flare. Verch and her band get the audience on their feet, and at least have the room vibrating with toes tapping, and hands clapping.
Infused with both Canadian and Appalachian influences, Verch’s fiddle playing and vocals are a sweet mix of old and new.
She has said that her father always reminds her not to forget where she came from, and for her that means playing the music she knows and loves with pride and always acknowledging its heritage.
“We like to go to new places and to return where we’ve been well received”, said Verch.
“Ottawa, Canada’s cosmopolitan capital, doesn’t exactly evoke rural life in the average person’s mind, but April Verch hails from the upriver Ottawa Valley, a region of farms and timberlands, not retail and politics. When Verch sings sweet country-laced songs or fiddles serious hoedown tunes, it’s an authentic manifestation of tradition, not Gillian Welch-like affectation.” –Global Rhythm Review by Rob Weir, December 12, 2007
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