Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony best described as angelic. These two best friends met in their high school music class in Scarborough back in 2001, and they have since released six albums and toured extensively across North America.
Over the years, Dala have opened for such artists as Tom Cochrane, Chantal Kreviazuk, Jann Arden, Arlo Guthrie and Richie Havens, and in 2008 they completed three national tours with the late Stuart McLean of the CBC’s Vinyl Cafe. No strangers to the festival scene, they have also appeared numerous times at Mariposa, as well as The New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival and California’s Strawberry Festival. In 2009, Dala were the only Canadian act invited to perform at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival.
Dala’s live album and PBS special, “Girls From The North Country”, earned them the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for “Vocal Group of the Year”, as well as a 2011 Juno nomination for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year. Their song “Horses” was selected by NPR as one of the “Top Ten Folk Songs of 2009”.
Amanda’s ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Sheila’s velvety alto, creating the unparalleled, in-sync harmonies that have become their signature. Dala are equally renowned for their hilarious on-stage banter, and their unique ability to turn first-time listeners into lifelong fans.
This will be Dala’s 5th appearance at the Mariposa Folk Festival.