The April Verch Band will stop by WTJU Friday afternoon, February 3, at 4 (est) to put a 30 minute session out in the lounge (to which you are invited). Later that evening they will put on a concert at C’Ville Coffee presented by the Prism Coffeehouse. (Details)
The following morning April will put a dance workshop at Blue Ridge Irish Music School. (Details) Later that the band will be at Shady Grove Coffeehouse in Glen Allen. (Details)
While April 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.