"Might answer the ... question 'where are all the young Emmylou Harrises?'"—Roughstock
Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala (the duo’s name was formed by combining the two last letters of each artist’s first name) have come a long way in a short time. The two best friends, who met in their high school music class and wrote their first song together in 2002, have been dubbed "the angels of folk music" by Canada's Exclaim! Dala draws on influences like the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan in songs that are both insightful and irresistibly catchy. Amanda’s ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Sheila’s velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark. Dala recently became the only Canadian act invited to perform at the 50th anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival, and lately they've been a fixture of clubs and festivals all over Canada and the U.S. Their latest album, "Best Day," has been nominated for three Canadian Folk Music Awards.