Three singers. Three songwriters. One voice . . .
%u201CFor the past seven years, a trio from Dunedin have practised a seductive sonic art. Augmenting honey-dipped harmonies with acoustic guitars, ukulele, trumpet and drums, they%u2019ve conjured many a mood-altering spell%u2026with a repertoire of original compositions that reflect a shared talent for finding the remarkable in the everyday, the trio appear to revel in the pleasure of performance.%u201D
Jeff Harford, Otago Daily Times 3/11/07
Ask Erin Morton and Lynn Vare to describe the Delgirl sound and they%u2019ll scratch around for the right words. Acoustic, jazz-tinged country-blues? Harmony-rich folk-reggae fusion? It is what it is, they say. Ask them to play, and their songs do the talking, revealing musical roots nourished by the warm waters of the Tropics, the cool mountain streams of North America and the fertile soils of their New Zealand homeland.
These multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriters from Dunedin play roots music, bedded in tradition but speaking of today%u2019s laughs, loves and losses in one clear voice. As performers they slip quietly into the living-room of the soul, warming it with their unaffected charm. Fluid, luminous voices meld with guitar, ukulele, banjo and stand-up bass in songs that swing with sweet-tempered ease.
In January 2009, Delgirl landed the Recording Industry Association (RIANZ) Award for Folk Album of the Year 2008, for their debut long player Two, Maybe Three, Days Ride. The %u2018Tui%u2019 award followed a breakthrough year for the band, where a 29-date national tour, appearances on TV One%u2019s Good Morning show and live-to-air spots on Radio NZ National confirmed for the rest of New Zealand what southern audiences had known all along %u2013 this trio is world-class.
After starting 2009 with a tour to the West Coast and performances at some of their favourite festivals, Delgirl headed into the recording studio in June/July to work on their sophomore album which is due out in October.
In the meantime, Delgirl continue to take their music to the people. As much at home in the cafes and bars of the city as the pubs and halls of small-town New Zealand, their disarming talent shines through and invites even the most jaded soul to stop, look and listen.