Two-Time Canadian Fiddle Champ to perform Prescott Park!


PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -Prescott Park Arts Festival continues its River House Restaurant Concert Series in Prescott Park on August 19 at 7pm with two-time Canadian fiddle champion, April Verch. April Verch has won both the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle and Canadian Open Fiddle Championships, the first and only woman to win both.

Held each Wednesday evening in Prescott Park, the River House Restaurant Concert Series is part of the festival's summer offerings and has featured such acts as Richie Havens and Tom Rush this season.

April Verch is a young master fiddler who is currently at the height of the traditional music scene. A driving fiddle player and dynamic stage performer, April has deep roots in the fiddling of her native Canadian Ottawa Valley but steps out and weds her music to the world of other fiddle traditions. Her repertoire features traditional and contemporary tunes ranging from Quebec to the Appalachians, from Eastern Europe to Brazil. EnRoute magazine says "April's stings hurn with energy, whether she's playing waltzes, airs, reels, or polkas. This is the hottest old time music of the year."

"When you see April Verch perform," exclaims series organizer Ben Anderson, "the first thing that strikes you is the pure energy that infuses her fiddle playing and step-dancing."

As a headliner and special guest, April Verch has toured across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. This master fiddler has 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 Old Opry stars. This young musician is not only highly sought after for her master fiddling, but also for her dynamic, high-energy Ottawa Valley step dancing.

Around the age many artists are thinking of trying to put an album together, April Verch has eight. Her recordings have earned her airplay on radio stations all over the world, as well as nominations for various Indie Awards and Juno Awards (Canada's Grammy Award). Verch is hailed by the Boston Globe as one of "the most promising new fiddlers in roots music today."

Like all of Prescott Park Arts Festival's events, the concert is offered at no-fixed admission and no tickets are required. A donation of $8 is suggested. Audience members are permitted to bring chairs, or rent those offered by the festival.

Held each Wednesday night in Prescott Park, the concert series experienced record attendance last summer, and once again features a wide array of International and Grammy Award winning artists. Other acts to be featured this summer include the Grammy Award-nominated Cajun band Lost Bayou Ramblers, The Nouveaux Honkies and more.

The River House Restaurant Concert Series is part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival's 35th season that also features the musical Grease Thursday to Sunday closing on August 23, 2009.

All events offered at the Prescott Park Arts Festival are presented free of charge with a suggested donation of $5 - $8 dollars.

Since 1996, the Arts Festival has consistently been named by Yankee magazine as a "must see" tourist attraction. Prescott Park Arts Festival is an independent non-profit organization with a mission of serving the community with a diverse array of quality arts events accessible to all.

For more information on the festival, or to see a full schedule of events, visit or call 603-436-2848.