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See the incredibly talented Canadian fiddler and step dancer April Verch with her band

Ards and North Down Borough Council is delighted to present the incredibly talented Canadian fiddler, singer and step dancer April Verch with her band to Portico, Portaferry as part of a Moving On Music tour, on 11th May.

A captivating performer, April has been touring extensively for over two decades and has recently released an 18-track album documenting her work, ‘The April Verch Anthology’.

While Verch is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada, her performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and beyond, for a well-rounded tour-de-force of North Americana sounds. Verch tours with world-class musicians as a trio, featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass and claw hammer banjo in addition to Verch’s vocals, fiddle and foot percussion. With an ‘almost superhuman’ presence on stage, April flawlessly intertwines her fiddle playing, step dancing and singing; sometimes she sings, steps and fiddles all at once, with apparent ease and precision.

Verch is - as they say - a triple threat in performance, her live show a beautiful companion to her music: versatile, robust, and masterfully executed. Built in 1839, the beautiful Greek-inspired Portico has recently undergone a £1.5m restoration which included a structural overhaul and its transformation into an atmospheric, event venue, oozing character and charm.



“It's hard to believe she's so talented at such a wide range of fiddling. I've seen her do it live though. Believe it or not, she's really that good.” The Huffington Post

“Her playing is equally expressive and her step-dancing adds a dash of rhythm and drama.” Irish Times

“Her playing is quite good as it gets” fRoots

“One of the 12 best things we saw at MerleFest in 2016” Rolling Stone



Fiddle Tunes @ Folk Alley Sessions

Song, ‘Bring your clothes back home’:

11 May 2017
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Opening Times

  • 7.30pm


  • Tickets £12

Contact Details

  • Address Portico 8 Steel Dickson Avenue Portaferry Co Down BT22 1LE
  • Telephone 028 4272 8808
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