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    April Verch
    Fiddling & Step Dancing Sensation April Verch In CFS Concert November 21st
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    The Charlotte Folk Society is very pleased to present Canadian fiddle and stepdancing champion April Verch in her premier Charlotte concert. Join us on Friday, November 21, at 8 PM, in the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue for an unforgettable evening. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 15 and younger. Tickets purchased at the door will cost $17 for adults and $12 for those 15 and younger. CFS members are encouraged to buy tickets in advance at Folk Society events or online here

    In just a few years, April Verch has risen to a place of prominence on the North American acoustic music circuit. A student of stepdancing at age three and a novice fiddler at six, she released her first two CDs before graduating from high school. Not yet thirty, this virtuoso has won dozens of fiddle contests and is the only Canadian woman to have taken first place in both the Canadian Grand Masters (1997) and Canadian Open (1998) competitions.

    She has recently conquered the United States, as well, playing at most major folk, Celtic, and bluegrass festivals and at such celebrated venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She also shares her expertise as a fiddle instructor at prestigious workshops such as the Swannanoa Gathering and Mark O'Connor's Fiddle Camp.

    April Verch has released seven recordings to date, and her 2001 all-instrumental Rounder Records release entitled Verch-uosity earned a JUNO nomination the Canadian equivalent to a Grammy for Best Roots/Traditional Album. Steal the Blue is her 2008 release and it showcases her considerable vocal talents. Familiar names such as Tim Stafford, Sam Bush, Steve Gulley, Craig Market, Larry Cordle, Ron Block, Melonie Cannon, and Patty Mitchell are among the songwriters and harmony vocalists on this CD.

    Though her musical roots lie deep in the fiddling of her native Ottawa Valley, April Verch's repertoire also features traditional and contemporary tunes ranging in source and inspiration from Quebecois to the Appalachians, from bluegrass to Brazilian. Renowned, too, for her mastery of the high energy Ottawa Valley stepdancing style, the April Verch Band's blend of driving fiddle playing, dynamic step dancing, and sweet soprano vocals never fails to bring down the house. Band members include her husband, Marc Bru, on bodhran and backup vocals, as well as Cody Walters on bass and Lincoln Meyers on guitar.

    Visit www.aprilverch.com for links to video performances.

    This concert is made possible, in part, through a Cultural Project Grant from the Arts & Science Council and the Grassroots Program of the North Carolina Arts Council.