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Fiddler-singer-dancer April Verch comes to Prizery on Tuesday

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Canadian sensation April Verch comes to The Prizery on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The wildly versatile Verch plays the bluegrass fiddle, sings and stepdances along with her band. Her appearance is co-sponsored by Glerin Business Resources Inc. For tickets: (434) 572-8339 or http://www.prizery.com
SoVaNow.com / November 06, 2009
April Verch plays the fiddle like no one else, she sings like an angel and she dances up a storm.

Verch has been hailed as a “folk sensation” (The Charlotte Weekly); “a triple threat entertainer,” (The Bluegrass Special) and “absolutely captivating,” (Toronto Star).

“Verch uses her voice and fiddle to create a world,” writes Popmatters.com. April Verch and her band appear Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in The Prizery’s Chastain Theatre.

Nominated for a Juno (Canada’s Grammy), the first and only woman to win both the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and the Canadian Open Fiddle Champion titles, Verch is also a champion Ottawa Valley stepdancer.

Her music melds Celtic, jazz, folk and bluegrass.

But if “bluegrass” seems evocative of the Southern U.S., consider that Canada has its bluegrass, too.

According to her agent: “Ontario's Ottawa Valley is steeped in cultural history, including a musical style and stepdancing heritage influenced by the French, Irish, Scottish, Polish and German settlers of this region in Canada. April Verch … has built a repertoire rich in original tunes influenced deeply by the treasure chest of musical jewels passed down through the generations. Her fiddling and stepdancing styles were shaped by the diverse roots of the immigrants drawn to the region's lumber camps in the mid-1800s.”

And if the gal is impressively gifted, she is also impressively hard-working: Her stepdancing began when she was little more than a toddler; by the time she finished high school, she had recorded her first two self-released albums and was touring full time. She studied at Boston's Berklee College of Music. She took up singing at the behest of her manager.

Tickets for this dynamic artist are $26 for adults, $24 for senior citizens or college students and $15 for adults. To purchase: (434) 572-8339 or http://www.prizery.com

Her appearance is co-sponsored by Glerin Business Resources Inc. The Prizery receives support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

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