Center Stage

Get a front row seat to local musical performances on Center Stage. This WITF original production brings local live music to you! Enjoy full-length regional concerts, Sundays at 8pm on WITF 89.5 and 93.3

We’re unable to post audio on-demand due to certain restrictions, but typically most concerts are repeated after a few months. Please check our program calendar for your favorite artists in the coming weeks and months.

April Verch Band on Center Stage

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | May 16, 2013 5:16 PM

Saturday, May 18, on witf's Center Stage





April Verch is from Ottawa Valley, Canada where she grew up immersed in the traditional folk music and dance of the area. She started step-dancing at age 3 and picked up the fiddle at age 6. In her teens she was a student at Mark O’Connor’s fiddle camp. By the time she graduated high school she had won the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and released a pair of albums. In 2010, she represented Canada's fiddling tradition by performing in the Opening Ceremonies at the Olympic Winter Games.

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Now she tours full time with the April Verch Band, which includes bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin. Along the way, April Verch has added songwriting to her list of accomplishments. Her newest album, Bright Like Gold, include both original compositions and traditional pieces.

She performed at a Susquehanna Folk Music Society concert at the Abbey Bar in Harrisburg in January of 2013, which is where our Center Stage live performance was recorded.




We'll also shine our Center Stage Spotlight on the all-female Celtic music group, Cherish the Ladies. When they visited the witf studios in 2011 they brought along 2-time All-Irish National Irish Dancing Champion Michael Holland, who performed with them in the studio.






Check out the video below for some of their in-studio performance with Michael dancing.


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