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Canadian fiddler April Verch performs Friday night at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro.

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    • From 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, the SoDu Blues and Heritage Festival will be held at Greenwood Commons, 5402 Highway 55 in Durham. The festival is a benefit for Durham blues musician John Dee Holeman. Info: triangleblues.com

Canadian fiddler April Verch recorded her first album in 1992 at age 13. Since then, she has been crowned Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and performed at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. A brilliant interpreter of Ottowa Valley fiddle tunes, Verch has earned fans with her versatile bow arm and with her feet: she often dances within tunes, a la the late John Hartford. Her latest CD, “Bright Like Gold,” has garnered rave reviews. It includes such traditional favorites, such as “Dusty Miller,” along with more modern fare: Loretta Lynn’s “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin.’” The April Verch Band performs Friday night at 8 at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. More information: artscenterlive.org.

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