Friday, November 5, 2010

DALA, darlings of Canadian acoustic pop, make their Iron Horse debut on Thursday, November 18th

Darlings of the Canadian music scene Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala (AmanDA, SheiLA) met in high school, wrote their first song together in 2002, and have since performed at Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall a total of seven times.  Dala write songs that are both catchy and insightful. Amanda’s ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Sheila’s velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark. They’ve  toured across Canada six times, opening for Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane, Matthew Good, and Chantal Kreviazuk.  They’ve also performed at The New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival, California’s Strawberry Festival, and Mariposa. In 2009, they were the only Canadian act invited play at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival. 
Dala’s new album “Everyone Is Someone” was released in June of 2009 to critical acclaim. It earned them their fifth 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 PBS special “Girls From The North Country” was broadcast across North America. This concert features Dala’s own songs weaved around classics by Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot.

“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  

Tickets are available at the Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413-586-8686 and online at

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