Just how does it happen that two young women from Scarborough have managed to share the stage with music giants such as Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens and Van Morrison?
Part of the answer can be found in this revealing comment from Canadian folk icon Valdy, who shared a bill with them a few years ago in Sudbury. When he took the stage for the second set, Valdy wryly commented, “Did you really think I was going to try to follow Dala in that first set? What was I supposed to do, set my head on fire?”
Dala will perform at Springfest 2012, taking place in Sudbury April 13. Dala will once again share the stage with Valdy, as well as multiple award-winning band, General Store.
Dala, the dynamic duo of Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine, won Canadian Vocal Group of the year in 2010. They have toured extensively in Canada and the United States earning award nominations and words of praise.
The Irish Post suggested their album, Everyone Is Someone, was Album Of The Year in Ireland. The song “Horses” from that album was ranked by National Public Radio in the United States as one of the Top 10 Folk Songs of 2009.
Dala has drawn inspiration from many sources including The Beatles, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, and, in the process, has emerged as a song-writing team of note. Their angelic harmonies are as sweet and melodious as those of the Everly Brothers. Carabine and Walther are equally entertaining between songs with banter that is joyful, spontaneous, and infectious. Their down to earth sensibility and sharp sense of humour are welcomed by audiences of all ages.
“There’s nothing pretentious about Dala’s music ... Sheila and Amanda have worked hard to exploit every facet of their extraordinary musical blend, and it would be just as home in a 1960’s coffee house as it now on the contemporary concert stage,” Andrew Craig, host Of CBC Canada Live, said.
Dala has opened shows for Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens and has done Canadian tours with Tom Cochrane, Mathew Good and Vinyl Café. They have performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on a billing with Van Morrison and Aretha Franklin. They were the only Canadian act to play at the 50th Anniversary of the prestigious Newport Festival. Since that appearance, demand for the act in the United States has been outstanding. Their success in that country has also followed closely on the heels of a television special “Girls Of The North Country,” which has aired widely on PBS Television throughout the USA.
Springfest 2012 is proudly hosted by Northern Life and Rocvent. The event takes place at the Glad Tidings Auditorium on Regent Street, beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $37.50 and can be purchased at the Sudbury Theatre Centre box office, online at sudburytheatre.on.ca or by phoning 705-674-8381.
Posted by Laurel Myers
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