The mission of the Canadian Folk Music Awards is to celebrate and promote Canadian Folk Music in all its forms. Until their creation in 2005 no award existed to celebrate the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada.
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 can sing! What beautiful flights of melody and harmony, reminiscent of the Everly Brothers, the Louvin Brothers, Emmylou Harris and associates; though Dala can trade a melody line and leave one wondering who is taking the lead and simply leave one behind when the harmonies kick in.”?- Peterborough Examiner
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.
Listen to Sheila from Dala chatting to Peter Anstis of Expats Radio http://www.expatsradio.com/programmes/dala-girls-are-coming
Everyone Is Someone (2009) Includes ‘Horses’
Who Do You Think You Are (2007)
Angels & Thieves (2006)
This Moment Is A Flash (2005)