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Taking fiddle to the next level

The Capitol Season Series presents world class fiddler and step dancer April Verch with the April Verch Band this Friday at 8 p.m.
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Step dancer and fiddler April Verch is at the Capitol Theatre with the April Verch Band this Friday at 8 p.m.

The Capitol Season Series presents world class fiddler and step dancer April Verch with the April Verch Band this Friday at 8 p.m.

April’s status as a Canadian fiddle and step dance icon was confirmed by her inclusion in the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Before an international audience April performed with the pure energy that infuses her fiddle playing and step dancing.

When listening to April what draws you in are more subtle things — her soulful voice, the finely detailed elegance of her fiddle phrasing and the depth of a repertoire that ranges from traditional roots tunes, bluegrass melodies, jazz-influenced compositions and country-tinged vocals.

April studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, has released seven recordings to date (one being nominated for a Juno) and is the first and only woman to win both the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and the Canadian Open Fiddle Champion titles.

The April Verch Band tours tirelessly around the world.  This trio has established a reputation as consummate performers winning over audiences not only with sheer virtuosity on their respective instruments, but also with charm, humor and boundless energy on stage, which inevitably, brings audiences to their feet everywhere they go.

April Verch is presented as part of the Capitol Theatre’s season series. Tickets are going fast, so call the box office to reserve yours today.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for full time students. They’re available at the Capitol Box office, by phone at 250-352-6363 or online at capitoltheatre.bc.ca.