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Dala Duo: Girls From the North Country

Coffeehouse folk to concert pop at the MACC.

April 18, 2013
The Maui Weekly

Dala is the Toronto-based duo of Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther, who are renowned for their infectious harmonies and original acoustic folk-pop tunes. On Friday, April 19, you can catch the Dala girls in the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC).

Drawing from such musical influences as The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Dala writes songs with insightful lyrics and catchy tunes.

Amanda's ethereal soprano blends seamlessly with Sheila's velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Sheila and Amanda are poised to bring their fresh brand of folk-pop music to the U.S.

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Dala’s Sheila Carabine (left) and Amanda Walther will perform at the McCoy Studio Theater on Friday, April 19.

The sheer joy with which they perform is a tribute to their extraordinary talent, turning first-time listeners into instant fans. In concert, the Dala girls also entertain the audience between songs, telling quirky and down-to-earth stories that make every show unique.

Amanda and Sheila are best friends who met in their high school music class in 2002, and have since released five albums. In 2009, they released "Everyone Is Someone" to much 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 Album of the Year. Their song "Horses" was nominated by National Public Radio as one of the Top Ten Folk Songs of 2009 in the U.S.

In 2010, Dala's PBS TV special, "Girls From The North Country," was broadcast across North America. Both the DVD and CD for "Girls From The North Country" earned Dala the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year. Their latest record, "Best Day," was released in the summer of 2012 and has been receiving rave reviews.

Tickets to the Dala concert are $25 plus applicable fees. Enjoy preshow dining in the McCoy Courtyard catered by Fabiani's of Kihei. Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (9469) or go online to MauiArts.org.

 
 
 

 

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