The North Country has long been an inspiration to some of the world’s greatest singers and songwriters. In Girls From The North Country, roots folk-pop duo Dala, with special guests The Good Lovelies and Oh Susanna, evokes the musical beauty of this lush and rugged terrain, with their infectious harmonies and fresh sound. Weaving their own songs around classics by Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan, Girls from the North Country pays homage to the melody, lyricism and spirit of the great folk artists of our time. This 60 minute HD television special was shot live in Toronto at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, February 2010. A concert tour kicks off in the fall of 2010, with tickets available for stations in the tour markets. Girls from the North Country is a production of Lenz Entertainment and International Media.
Girls from the North Country is available in a 40 minute core version and 60 minute pledge event version, distributed through PBS, June 2010.
Stations will be able to pledge companion DVD and CD with bonus songs, as well as a 3 pack of CDs from Dala, The Good Lovelies, and Oh Susanna. Tour tickets for Fall-Winter 2010, and meet and greet opportunities available in select markets.
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As the music reviewer from the Peterborough Examiner writes, “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.” From their high school music class all the way to Massey Hall, Amanda and Sheila of Dala have come a long way in a short time. These two best friends have brought their signature style of acoustic pop music to audiences across Canada, touring with the likes of Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane, Matthew Good and most recently Stuart McLean of the CBC’s Vinyl Café. Dala’s last two albums , 2006’s “Angels and Thieves” and 2007’s “Who Do You Think You Are” earned them a total of four Folk Music Award nominations. Dala was the surprise hit with their premiere performance at the 50th anniversary of the famed Newport Folk Festival.
The Good Lovelies
The Good Lovelies are not your run-of-the-mill “all girl” band. Armed with a pile of instruments, a repertoire of sassy songs, and an effervescent sense of humor, they never fail to lift spirits. The aptly named Good Lovelies are Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore. Described as “flirtybluegrass” and “the mischievous Andrews Sisters” the Toronto-based trio rely on unerring three-part vocal harmonies, clever songs and, onstage, convulsively funny repartee.
Over the last 10 years, Oh Susanna has garnered critical acclaim and loyal audiences around the world with Oh Susanna (2003), Sleepy Little Sailor (2001), Johnstown (1999), and EP (1997). American born and Canadian bred, Oh Susanna has honed her unique style and voice in coffee houses, at folk festivals, and touring around the world. Along the way she’s found inspiration in the music of the likes of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, as well as peers Jim Bryson, Sarah Harmer, Neko Case, Ron Sexsmith, Fred Eaglesmith, Eliza Gilkyson, Patti Griffin, and Iris Dement.