The award-winning Canadian folk group, Dala, will be performing at BYU-Idaho. The duo will give performances on Nov. 1 and 2 in the Kirkham auditorium.
According to Dala’s official website, the Canadian folk duo met in a high school music class in 2002 and began writing music together soon after.
Amanda Walther, one of the members of the duo, said, “It was all very organic. It started when we began writing songs together 11 years ago. It honestly just began with our friendship. We first played in a rented room in a bar called Holy Joe’s. … Our first shows were for other artists in our little community.”
Since 2002, Dala has won several nominations and awards, including the Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year in 2010 as well as a nomination for a Juno Award in 2011.
Their music has taken them across Canada and the United States to record and perform. Walther said that it’s not the awards but the fans and love of the music that keeps them going.
She said it was the fans encouraging them and asking for more music that kept them writing, and it was their fans and personal experiences that inspire their music.
“Everything inspires us. Our songs really come from emotional, intimate places because we write what we know,” Walther said. “We’ve grown a lot along the way but now our songs come from a very honest place. Hearing our songs is like reading our diaries.”
Walther said that the fact that Dala has achieved success doesn’t mean it was easy for them. She said the best advice she can give to aspiring young musicians is to be prepared to put forth significant effort.
“Every musical path is different, but no one else is going to do it for you,” Walther said. “You better be prepared to work your butt off for it. However, if you really do want it, go for it. The world could totally need what you have to say.”
Dala will perform both nights at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be $8 for BYU-I students and $16 for the general public, and can be purchased at the campus ticket office or online at www.byui.universitytickets.com.