Fiddle and Guitar workshops with The April Verch Band

The April Verch Band


We are lucky enough to have the opportunity to avail of a workshop with the April Verch Band on Saturday 16th May (afternoon) in Blessington. April and her band are touring around the country that week so we are really delighted to be fortunate enough to grab this unique chance to play and learn alongside April and Hayes.

We have a small number of places left in the Fiddle Styles workshop with April and can now offer places on a workshop with guitarist Hayes Griffin. Workshops are for musicians under 18 years of age and are sponsored by both Music Network and Music Generation Wicklow jointly. There is no participation fee and only a €5 registration fee.

To book a place please email Evan Kenny West Wicklow Co-ordinator at ei.btewknull@ynneknave or phone 086 0450375 as soon as possible.


Guitar:  Duration 90 minutes: 

This class will cover all things guitar, from flatpicking fiddle tunes and improvising solos to accompaniment and chord solo arrangements on bluegrass, old time, jazz and swing music!  Together, participants will learn to create interesting arrangements that enhance their strengths on the instrument.  We’ll get into music theory, guitar mechanic and provide the tools and inspiration to help you overcome any plateau.

Canadian Fiddle Styles: Duration 90 minutes

There are several different regional styles of fiddling in Canada from coast to coast, including Ottawa Valley, Western Canadian, Metis, Maritime, Cape Breton and French Canadian.

This class will provide an overview of these different styles and explore what makes each of them unique.  Participants will learn to play at least one tune distinctive to each style and apply the bowing patterns and ornamentation techniques that correspond to regional Canadian fiddle styles.Tunes will be taught ‘by ear’ please feel free to bring your recording device and lots of questions, as the class will be tailored to suit your needs and requests. We will be mindful of keeping with the roots of this tradition – getting together to make music and have a great time in a relaxed, social environment.

The high-octane April Verch Band provides a foot-stomping concert in May with their infectious brand of North American roots music. The band’s fondness for a killer dance tune leads it on a joyful journey through North American roots music, from bluegrass and old-time to western swing, and honours its myriad of influences including French, Irish and Scottish traditional music. Their legendary performances are a lesson in how to win fans for life: April is a world-class fiddler, a champion Ottawa Valley step dancer, an acclaimed composer, and a singer whose voice has been hailed as “absolutely captivating” by the Toronto Star. The band is rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin is an energetic, skilful, tradition-celebrating outfit. They have established a reputation as consummate performers, winning over audiences not only with sheer virtuosity on their respective instruments, but also with charm, humour and boundless energy on stage.

“Playful and flirtatious, whimsical and wry… a transcendent level of musicianship where hard-earned technique can be safely abandoned.”  – Toronto Star

“Award-winning fiddler, step dancing expert, and vocalist April Verch brings new meaning to the word multi-tasking… she is a consummate musician whose mastery of fiddle  playing technique has left her free to fully explore the fiddle  as a vehicle for self-expression.”  – Fiddler Magazine

“Authentic and powerful”  – Roots Music Canada

“Absolutely captivating” – Toronto Star