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Canadian fiddler, singer and stepdancer April Verch performs Thursday night at the concert hall, and live in-studio on KSUT at 2:30. Unfamiliar? Check out these amazing videos!

Dynamic Canadian fiddler, singer and stepdancer April Verch will take the stage at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College Thursday, at 7 p.m.

Verch, merging Celtic, bluegrass, folk and jazz influences, has established herself as a consummate performer. Raised with the rich, distinctive musical and stepdancing tradition shaped by the immigrants drawn to the lumber camps of the Ottawa Valley region of Ontario, she continues to win over audiences with her musical virtuosity, charm, humor and boundless energy on stage.

Offered a job with a leading fiddle ensemble after her high school graduation, she opted instead to attend the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston. There she was exposed to, and quickly mastered, an array of musical styles. At the same time, she capped her fiddle contest career with a pair of impressive wins, earning the titles of Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and Canadian Open Fiddle Champion.

She left Berklee early to pursue her professional career, which proved to be the correct decision. By the turn of the century, Verch had secured her position as a vibrant performer, and signed by Rounder Records, released “Verchuosity.” This first professional release earned rave reviews and a JUNO (the Canadian Grammy) nomination.

Verch’s latest recording, “Steal the Blue,” showcases her growth as an artist as she approaches 30 years of age. Her vocals have drawn continued comparisons to Alison Krauss. In reviewing the release, “Popmatters” called Verch “a master of subtlety and precision. She doesn’t over-sing, or over-play, although it’s plain she could easily do both.”

Verch is currently touring with world-class musicians Clay Ross (guitar) and Cody Walters (upright bass and banjo). The trio will perform live on KSUT Thursday afternoon at 2:30.

Tickets available at the box office and durangoconcerts.com.


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