Hometown: Pembroke, ON, CA
Label: Slab Town Records
April Verch blends the traditions of roots music and step-dancing with her own artistic voice and vision in a high-energy show that puts her award-winning fiddling and songwriting talents out front.
“Verch is a master of subtlety and precision. She doesn’t over-sing, or over-play, although it’s plain she could easily do both. Add to this the ace production by Stephen Mougin and Jon Weisberger, and Steal the Blue should easily qualify as one of the best country music releases of 2009.
“...when you can get deep enough into a lyric to make it seem as personally revealing as this artist does, you are blessed with a singular gift.
“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.”
Nashville City Paper
“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.”
“Canadian fiddler (and step dancer) April Verch is one of those enviable people who can seemingly play anything with skill and ease.”
“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.”