Friday, August 7, 2009

Dala At Folk Festival 50

Dala @ George Wein's Folk Festival 50: August 2 @ Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI

Dala, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine, held two distinctions this past weekend at George Wein's Folk Festival 50. The first, they were the only Canadian act on the bill. Two, while their set was on the small Waterside stage, they were the only act from another stage to be invited to do a song on the main stage. They played "Levi Blues" right before Arlo Guthrie took the stage and judging by the thunderous applause, the main stage audience enjoyed their performance.

The ladies displayed impeccable harmonies and unlike some of the artists performing over the weekend they engaged the audience with their banter. So many artists, not just at this festival but at shows in general just get up and play their songs and maybe say a word or two between songs. Dala gave a very down to Earth performance that made you feel as if they were playing in your living room and made you feel like they were talking directly to you. They also had an endless supply of infectious smiles. I'm sure anyone who saw them perform or met them ended up smiling too ... smiles are contagious, you know?

After their set, they manned the autograph table where I said a quick hello and took this photo.Some photos of their set ...