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KAREN DALTON: A FOLK MUSE REMEMBERED...

Neilanddylan She only recorded two albums, but the late Karen Dalton has been the muse for dozens of singer-songwriters from Bob Dylan and Fred Neil (pictured with her here), to Devendra Banhart and Nick Cave. Inspired by Karen’s incredible spirit, songs and story, singer Petra Jean Philipson (The Free Association), guitarist Simon Tong (The Verve / The Good, The Bad & The Queen) and drummer Tim Harries (Steeleye Span) are set to present a special Karen Dalton Tribute as part of the inaugural MOJO-sponsored Women’s Arts International Festival this weekend.

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A cult singer, twelve-string guitarist, and banjo player, Karen Dalton grew up in Oklahoma and moved to New York in 1960. A big fan of traditional folk and blues, she started playing gigs in Greenwich Village’s burgeoning coffee house scene where she shocked and surprised audiences with breathtaking covers of traditional folk, blues and soul songs. Befriended by Bob Dylan, who described her as having “a voice like Billie Holliday”, she recorded two albums - In My Own Time and It’s So Hard To Tell Who’s Going To Love You The Best - at Bearsville Studios with producer Harvey Brooks.

An associate of Fred Neil and The Band, Brooks selected most of the songs for her and coaxed her into giving him permission to record the sessions. Endearingly, most of the tracks on both albums were recorded in one take and reflect Dalton’s incredible abilityas an interpreter of material ranging from soul right through to country. Though she died in the early nineties, Dalton’s music has lived on, her albums being long-rare until they were reissued last year.

Click here to watch her mesmeric performance of It Hurts Me Too.

Karen Dalton Tribute takes place on Sunday 13 May at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria, while the full line-up for the remaining WAI festival shows reads as follows:

Saturday 12: PEGGY SEEGER
Sunday 13: KAREN DALTON TRIBUTE 
Wednesday 16: ALICE RUSSELL
Thursday 17: RACHELLE VAN ZANTEN & ANGIE PALMER
Friday 18: LURA
Saturday 19: THEA GILMORE & KATHRYN WILLIAMS
Tuesday 22: HANNE HUKKELBERG & SUSANNA & THE MAGICAL ORCHESTRA
Wednesday 23: MOJO PRESENTS IN CONVERSATION WITH SANDIE SHAW
Wednesday  23 : WINE, WOMEN& SONG: GRETCHEN PETERS, SUZY BOGUS & MATRACA BERG
Thursday 24: JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN

Tickets for all the above nights are available from the Brewery box office: 01539 725 133 or via www.womensartsinternational.co.uk




Posted by Ross_Bennett at 05:23PM