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Fiddle music featured at MAC
The April Verch Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Monroe Arts Center. Verch is a fiddler, singer and stepdancer. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - While April Verch is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada, her music blends North American roots, country, folk, Irish-Canadian and bluegrass for a tour de force of North Americana sounds.

Touring with world-class musicians as a trio, Verch will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Monroe Arts Center at 1315 11th St.

On stage, Verch intertwines and overlaps different performative elements. She step dances while fiddling. She sings while step dancing. Sometimes she sings, steps, and fiddles all at once, with apparent ease and precision. Verch is a triple threat in performance, her live show a beautiful companion to her music: versatile, robust and masterfully executed.

Music and dancing have been a part of Verch's life forever. She started step dancing at the age of 3 and playing the fiddle when she was 6 years old.

On her milestone 10th album titled "The Newpart," Verch digs deep into songs and tunes from the era before the often-mined mid-century heyday of bluegrass and folk. Harkening back to vaudeville and beyond, Verch and her fellow trio members, Cody Walters on upright electric bass and banjo, and Alex Rubin on guitar and mandolin, pare down their arrangements, highlighting the simple pleasures of the instruments.

Reserved seat tickets for the April Verch Band concert are $25, $20 for adults, and $10 for students 18 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the box office at 1315 11th Street, by calling 608-325-5700 or online at

This concert is supported by corporate underwriter Colony Brands Inc. and media underwriters Monroe Publishing LLC and Big Radio. Additional support is provided by Monroe Clinic; The Bank of New Glarus and Sugar River Banks; David and Julie Buchanan; Greg and Penny Fedders; Chuck and Chris Wellington; Carter & Gruenewald Co. Inc.; Tom and Jodi Ganshert; Richard Luthin; Bob and Gaida Vickerman; and Wisconsin Bank & Trust.