Hometown: Pembroke, ON, CA
Label: Slab Town Records
While Verch 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.
“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.”