Folk Duo Dala Returns to MCLA For Special Holiday Show


NORTH ADAMS, MA - MCLA Presents!, a performance series of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will bring Dala back for "A Very Special Holiday Show" at MCLA's Church Street Center on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Melody Rolph '14 will open the show for Dala.

As Dala, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine blend their voices on guitar and piano to create their 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, according to Jonathan Secor, director of special programs at MCLA.

Drawing upon influences such as 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.

They recently were nominated for three 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards for their new album "Best Day." Dala also has 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."

Hello Magazine! Canada wrote, "Visually and vocally they're a perfect blend"

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."

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.

Tickets may be reserved by calling MCLA Presents! at (413) 662-5204. For more information, (413) 664-8718, or go to presents .

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.