Oh My Darling

Oh My Darling

Acoustic Alt. Country Bluegrass Country Folk Roots

About

Oh My Darling Bio

It all started with a jam session on a Winnipeg winter afternoon, just a few girls sitting around, playing tunes, singing songs, and thinking about their future. Five years later, the Winnipeg-based roots quartet Oh My Darling has released three critically acclaimed albums, and is touring ceaselessly, headlining three consecutive European tours, countless tours across Canada, and a recent debut in the US at New York City's Living Room. They have earned opening spots for Blue Rodeo, Tegan & Sara, performed at Trafalgar Square's Canada Day celebration in London England, The Winnipeg Folk Festival, Tøndor Festival (DK), and have shared the stage in collaborations with such artists as Tim O'Brien, Dirk Powell, Adam Cohen, Eliza Gilkyson, Le Vent du Nord, The Guthrie Family and many other musical friends. Oh My Darling has been topping the campus radio charts, can be heard regularly on CBC Radio and Radio Canada. They have received rave reviews for their recordings and performances, and have had three albums nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award. The gals are crowd favourites at Country and Folk Festivals, and are winning the hearts of all who come to experience their energetic live show!

Inspired by Classic Country, Appalachian Old Time, Bluegrass and Francophone Traditional music, the songs of Oh My Darling are strikingly original, while evoking the lexicon of these diverse musical influences. Dazzling solos, soaring vocals, and unique grooves enhance thoughtful songwriting, and arranging, where instrumental melodies and poetic lyricism are nestled together.

Venez Danser (2012), Oh My Darling's most recent release, is a six song EP done entirely in the French language. Inspired by the music and history of the Franco-Métis people in their home province of Manitoba, the gals also drew inspiration from other Franco-traditional musics such as Cajun, Acadien, and Quebecois, to create a beautiful blend of original songwriting, and uniquely arranged traditional tunes and songs. The album releases in September 2012, coinciding with a headlining tour of Québec, and as a supporting act for Lisa LeBlanc.

The title of Oh My Darling's latest full length release, Sweet Nostalgia (2011), was inspired by the way the ladies were reconciling their love for playing traditional repertoire and their love for writing original material. The result is a stellar follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut (In the Lonesome Hours, 2010) where the four have found a common ground between the past and the present. One of their finest efforts as a collective of musicians and songwriters, Sweet Nostalgia is currently nominated for a 2012 Western Canadian Music Award for Best Roots Album!

It's the love for performing, and the excitement of live music that Oh My Darling strove to capture while recording Sweet Nostalgia. In just seven days, in a straw bale house in Roseisle, Manitoba, all 10 tracks were recorded live, with the Juno Award winning producer Steve Dawson. The result is a raw and honest sound that has the exuberance of the stage show, and shines the spotlight on each of these girls' extraordinary talents as musicians and songwriters. Vanessa Kuzina (vocals, guitar, fiddlesticks), Rosalyn Dennett (vocals, fiddle), Allison de Groot (claw-hammer banjo, vocals), and Marie-Josée Dandeneau (acoustic bass, vocals), make up the members of Oh My Darling, and each is a musical prodigy in her own right.

Allison (banjo/vocals) is one of Canada’s best claw hammer banjo players, and is the first claw-hammer banjoist to be awarded a prestigious full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Allison brings a calm and steadiness to the band with her personality, as well as her rock solid banjo lines. She holds a Fine Arts degree

Music

Venez Danser

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"Ma Belle" from Venez Danser

In The Lonesome Hours

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"Won't Need My Shoes ( on Heaven's Floor)" from In The Lonesome Hours

Video

Love Me Love Me Not by Oh My Darling

Fly Around - NYC by Oh My Darling

Roustabout by Oh My Darling

Discography

Venez Danser

Venez Danser Oh My Darling

Released: September 11, 2012

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Sweet Nostalgia

Sweet Nostalgia Oh My Darling

Released: September 20, 2011

Producer: Oh My Darling, Steve Dawson

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In The Lonesome Hours

In The Lonesome Hours Oh My Darling

Released: April 1, 2010

Producer: Lloyd Peterson & Oh My Darling , Lloyd Peterson

Label: Independent

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Oh My Darling

Oh My Darling Oh My Darling

Released: February 27, 2009

Producer: Oh My Darling

Label: Independent

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