BRUNSWICK – Award-winning Canadian fiddler, step dancer and composer April Verch will perform at Bowdoin College at 8 p.m., Friday, April 2, in Kresge Auditorium of the Visual Arts Center.

Though she knows the fiddling of her native Ottawa Valley in Canada well, Verch’s broad repertoire also features original compositions as well as traditional and contemporary tunes ranging in source and inspiration from Quebec to the Appalachians, from Eastern Europe to Brazil.

Among her honors, Verch won the titles of Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion (1997) and Canadian Open Fiddle Champion (1998).

She performed for the Millennium Celebrations at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and was a guest at Chet Atkins’ tribute in Nashville, along with a host of “Grand Ole Opry” stars. She was also a featured performer at the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival and at Fiddles of the World.

Verch studied fiddling at Berklee College of Music in Boston under fiddle greats Matt Glaser and Darol Anger.

Verch has released five albums in release, including “Springtime Fiddle,” “Fiddle Talk,” “Fiddelicious” and “VERCHuosity.”

Her newest album, “From Where I Stand” released last year, was produced by acclaimed old-time fiddler Bruce Molsky. “From Where I Stand” is grounded in Verch’s native Ottawa Valley fiddling style and also explores French Canadian, Scottish, Irish, Latin and Appalachian influences. This collection of contemporary and traditional fiddle tunes (including six originals) also features her debut as a vocalist.

Tickets for the April 2 program are $5. People can call 725-3375.


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