EARLVILLE – On Friday, Sept. 2, the Earlville Opera House welcomes the April Verch Band traveling from Ontario in support of their newest CD, with the Band to play the historic stage at 8 p.m. International webzine of cultural criticism Pop Matters talks about April Verch renowned for both her championship fiddle and stepdancing: “April is often compared to Alison Krauss. She is ‘a master of subtlety and precision ...” This concert is generously sponsored by Dr. William Graber, Weight Loss Surgery and by media sponsor WAER FM.
April Verch is emerging as one of the top female artists in the roots music genre. A modern pioneer of Ontario’s Ottawa Valley tradition, she has built a repertoire rich in original tunes influenced by a treasure chest of musical jewels passed down through generations. Her fiddling and stepdancing styles were shaped by the region’s French, Irish, Scottish, Polish, and German immigrants drawn to the lumber camps of the mid-1800s.