Dala, the two-piece award winning duo of Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine, are releasing their fifth studio record, Best Day, on May 29th. With lush intertwining harmonies, the duo underscores the folk-pop album’s “life is short” message with accompaniment from piano, guitar, ukulele and minimal drums. The title track of the album is currently available as a single exclusively on iTunes via the artist web link below.
Throughout their career the duo have toured tirelessly, building their following the old-fashioned way, turning first time listeners into instant, die-hard fans, winning 5 Canadian Folk Music Awards and a Juno nomination. Dala has played all over North America and for the highest profile music festivals, among them New Orleans Jazz Fest, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Denver’s Swallow Hill, the Lowell Summer Concert Series, Strawberry Music Fest, Sisters Folk Festival the and 50th Anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival in 2009 – where Dala were the only Canadian act invited to play. Last summer Dala hosted a PBS special primetime concert entitled “Girls From The North Country” which aired all over North America with multiple plays in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston Portland, Austin, Cleveland, Charlotte and more.
Artist Web link: http://www.dalagirls.com/
Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala have come a long way in a short time. The two best friends, who met in their high school music class and wrote their first song together in 2002, have since performed at Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall a total of seven times. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala are now poised to bring their fresh brand of neo-folk music to the world. Dala have toured across Canada six times, opening for artists such as Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane, Matthew Good, Stuart McLean of the CBC’s Vinyl Café and most recently, Chantal Kreviazuk. They have also performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival, Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival, The Strawberry Festival in California and the Rhythm Festival in England. In 2009, they were the only Canadian act invited to play the 50th Anniversary of the famed Newport Folk Festival. Dala’s album “Everyone Is Someone” was released in June of 2009 to critical acclaim. It earned them their fifth and sixth Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Folk Group, and it was touted by The Irish Post as the Album of the Year. The song “Horses” was nominated by National Public Radio in the US as one of the Top Ten Folk Songs of 2009. In the summer of 2010, Dala’s live CD/DVD/PBS special “Girls From The North Country” was broadcast on over 400 stations across North America. Weaving their original songs around classics by Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, The Band and Gordon Lightfoot, Dala captures the beauty and the harmony of the Canadian landscape. Dala continue to tour, and will have played over 150 shows in the US alone this past year, as well as a full Canadian tour and a flying visit to the UK.
Artist links: http://www.dalagirls.com/
I heard Dala by chance on the radio one evening and sought out this CD at the earliest opportunity. The Canadian based duo (Amanda Walther & Sheila Carabine) certainly didn’t disappoint and if “Horses” were the only track on the album then I’d still buy it! Getting into the mind of someone else is never an easy job (just check-out The Mentalist) but can be ultimately rewarding especially when it generates a song as beautiful as this. Like some finely chiselled work of art you can see the painstaking thought that has gone into the construction of the lyrics whilst allowing yourself to become enveloped in the piano’s rich, velvet texture rather like Gary Jules take on “Mad World”. Still, that’s only one track on what turns out to be a truly rewarding album that I suppose I could see being utilised as the soundtrack to ‘Roswell’, ‘Smallville’ or another series of a similar genre. Relying on tight, seamless harmonies the girls provide a ‘folk’ style quality that will appeal to those who like acoustic singer-songwriters and even when bass and drums are employed, they’re used to embellish rather than interfere with the arrangements. If you’re looking for songs that are decidedly cool without being cheesy then I suggest you obtain this CD to impress your friends.
Artist website: www.dalagirls.com