12/13/12 - Time: 7:30pm
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MCLA Presents! Dala
MCLA Presents!, a performance series of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) brings Dala back to MCLA's Church Street Center on Thursday, Dec 13, at 7:30pm for a Holiday Show. Student Melody Rolph '14 opens up for the folk duo.
Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine blend their voices on guitar and piano as Dala to create a unique brand of acoustic pop. The Canadian duo captivated audiences during their last visit to North Adams in 2011, turning first-time listeners into instant fans. They are now back to celebrate the season with a Very Special Holiday Show.
Drawing upon influences like The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, the Dala girls write and sing in harmony. These two best friends met in their high school music class in 2002; they have since released five albums and toured extensively across North America. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala are now poised to bring back their fresh brand of acoustic pop music to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
In 2010, Dala was nominated for and received the Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year. No stranger to the festival scene, Dala has 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.
According to Peterborough Examiner, "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."
Dala's album "Everyone Is Someone" was released in 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."
Thursday, Dec 13
NEW LOCATION > MCLA Church Street Center
Tickets to Dala are $10 for general admission. Tickets for MCLA alumni are $8, $5 for staff and faculty, and members and students are free.
MCLA Presents! is a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), a collaborative project with Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and the City of North Adams. The BCRC provides professional development training, resources and support to the artists, art managers and creative workers of Berkshire County. Through its multiple programs and presentations, BCRC brings the best of performance and art to the Berkshires and showcases the best of the Berkshires to the world.