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Classic Album Review: April Verch | From Where I Stand

The Ontario fiddler covers plenty of stylistic & ethnic ground on her sophomore LP.


This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DOES SHE PLAY? Reels, waltzes, jigs, hornpipes, and just about anything else you can conjure out of a fiddle.

WHERE IS SHE FROM? The 25-year-old fiddler, singer, composer and stepdancer was born in the Ottawa River Valley — the same place as her fluid fidding style.

HOW DOES THIS SOUND? Like a musical travelogue. Verch covers plenty of stylistic and ethnic ground on her 54-minute sophomore album From Where I Stand — from the jaunty Fraser Valley Reel to the Latin Spanish for Crown to the Celtic Bonnie Lass O’ the Mornin’ to the bluegrass Dixie Hoedown, and finally back home for the Ottawa Valley Medley. Just in case that isn’t enough for you, she stepdances and, for the first time on record, sings a handful of tracks in an impressively angelic voice.


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