BREMERTON — Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony often described as angelic. 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.
Dala — Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year — bring their fresh brand of acoustic pop music to the Admiral Theatre’s The Source Oct. 26.
Drawing upon influences like The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Dala write songs that are both catchy and insightful. Walther’s ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Carabine’s velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark.
“There’s nothing pretentious about Dala’s music; it’s stripped down and laid bare,” Andrew Craig said on CBC “Canada Live.”
“That’s not to say it is without polish — far from it. Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther have worked hard to exploit every facet of their extraordinary musical blend, which would be just as at home in a 1960s coffeehouse as it is now on the contemporary concert stage.”
Carabine and Walther are equally entertaining between songs, telling funny and down-to-earth stories that make every show unique.
The duo has opened for Tom Cochrane, Stuart McLean of the CBC’s Vinyl Café, Richie Havens and Arlo Guthrie. No strangers to the festival scene, they have 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 to play at the 50th anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival.
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. And The Irish Times wrote, “Dala seem bound for a loftier place where substance stands equal to style.”
Dala’s song “Horses” was nominated by National Public Radio in the U.S. as one of the “Top 10 Folk Songs of 2009.”
The Peterborough Examiner in Ontario, Canada, reported that Dala’s flights of melody and harmony are “reminiscent of the Everly Brothers, the Louvin Brothers, Emmylou Harris and associates.”
In summer 2010, Dala’s PBS special “Girls From The North Country” was broadcast across North America. This concert featured Dala’s own songs weaved around classics by Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot. The live CD and DVD for “Girls From The North Country” earned Dala Vocal Group of the Year honors and a Juno nomination for “Roots and Traditional Album of the Year.”
Tickets are general admission $25. Call (360) 373-6743 or go to www.admiraltheatre.org.