While April Verch is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, the Ontario native’s performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and beyond, for a well-rounded tour-de-force of North Americana sounds. April tours with world-class musicians Cody Walters and Alex Rubin as a trio, featuring acoustic guitar, bass and claw-hammer 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, she is almost superhuman, flawlessly intertwining and overlapping different performative elements. She step dances while fiddling. She sings while step dancing. Sometimes she sings, steps and fiddles all at once, with apparent ease and precision. April Verch is, as they say, a triple threat in performance, her live show a beautiful companion to her music: versatile, robust, and masterfully executed.
|venue||Knox Presbyterian Church|
|host||CBC Cape Breton|
Join us for a live-to-tape recording of CBC Radio One program "Mainstreet," where host Wendy Bergfeldt interviews Festival artists and welcomes performances.
|venue||West Mabou Hall|
|host||West Mabou Hall|
A unique and informative exploration of different percussive dance dialects hosted by Mabou based dancer / fiddler Melody Cameron. The event will feature discussion and performances by featured dancers of different styles and will allow for some audience participation.
|venue||Strathspey Performing Arts Centre|
|host||Chestico Museum & Historical Society|