A Canadian recording artist with Celtic roots, Heather Dale deftly transcends the limits of both Celtic balladeers and folk singer-songwriters. She finds contemporary themes within old material, and fuses folk traditions with blues, jazz, and world music influences. Often compared to Loreena McKennitt and Sarah McLachlan, Dale’s unique vocals are paired with more than a dozen folk instruments in live performances with multi-instrumentalist Ben Deschamps and the Amphis Chamber Strings.
Dale has released 15 studio albums, five live albums, three songbooks, and a full-length musical theatre work based on the King Arthur legend titled “Queens of Avalon.” An evocative and often surprising wordsmith, Dale’s poetry has been featured in seven novels written by New York Times bestselling authors S.M. Stirling and E.K. Johnston. Her hit song, “Mordred’s Lullaby” has been viewed more than 20 million times on YouTube.
Dale is equally comfortable as a businesswoman: she is the head of her own record label Amphis Music, an arts entrepreneur, an experienced audio engineer, and a popular public speaker about independent music in the 21st century. You can watch her TEDx Talk here. DETAILED BIO: “Half A Million Miles: The Long Read” LATEST RELEASE: Sphere (2019; 20th album release)
11 new songs that weave together folk, ambient electronica and world music. “I connect with folk heroines who speak their minds, stand up for themselves, and rebuild their lives after upheaval. Women’s stories are easily dismissed, but they shouldn’t be.”
GENRE: Contemporary Celtic
Original music in a Celtic folk style but with modern instrumentation (electric guitar, keyboards, etc.). Strong lyrical focus on legends, history, fantasy. Heather sings and plays piano, along with several Irish folk instruments: tin whistle, low whistle, bodhran (“boh-RAN”, Irish frame drum), and hammered dulcimer.