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| Established. Jan 01, 2013

Established on Jan, 2013
Band World Singer/Songwriter




"Darling Darlene"

Darlene is a troubadour.
Spending 8 months at a time on the road, weaving tales with song, she is capable of evoking a myriad of characters through her voice and instrumentation. Her musical styles are as diverse as her characters. Using guitar, hand drum, accordion and vocals, she can move effortlessly between musical genres - bluegrass to blues, swing to all out folk - to world folk.

In concert she can amaze and entrance with both dexterous musicianship and stories that capture the imagination.

Darlene has a huge range of vocal & musical styles, reflecting wide travel & deep interest in the music of many cultures. The first time I heard her sing was not from a stage, but late at night at a bonfire party in the Dublin Mountains. - Hot Press Magazine, Dublin

"A Programmers' Dream"

The evening began with an enchanting performance by a woman who simply goes by the name Darlene. The audience became completely engaged as she played a variety of instruments including guitar, accordion, drums, rattles and a hula whoop. Okay, perhaps the hula whoop isn't an instrument, but it sure was fun. As Darlene went into the final songs of her performance, other musicians slowly started joining her on stage. By the last song, she had a compliment of seven other musicians 'backing her up' and had the audience up on their feet, yelling for more!

It turned out that this was a seamless transition of the next performers' coming on stage, Quebec's Les Batinses. Apparently Les Batinses and Darlene were in a workshop together earlier in the summer at the Vancouver Folk Festival. Upon learning that they would be sharing a stage in Peterborough, they worked on a few songs together and worked out the whole transition; a programmers' dream! - Paul Northcott, Artistic Director of Peterborough Folk Festival, (ON)

"All wrapped up into one"

Saturday the 27th will see the 2003 Jackie Washington Award recipient, Darlene perform her only solo concert of the year in Sudbury. Darlene has been seen this year in concert as part of The Road Dog Divas and more recently with the drum and singing group, Sweet Water Women. Darlene brings all of the elements of Folk, Blues, Country and the traditional singing of many cultures from around the world into her performance. She is Buffy St. Marie, Penny Lang, Cait O'Riordan, Michelle Shocked and Joni Mitchell all wrapped into one. - Paul Lowenburg, Artistic Director of Northern Lights Folk Festival, (Sudbury ON)


Truly one of the most entertaining & crowd - pleasing acts to ever grace the Main Stage of Home Country Folk Festival. - Ken Palmer, Artistic Director, HCFF (London, ON)

"Considerable Power"

She (Darlene) often drifts into jazz-inflected scat singing, sounding like Rickie Lee Jones or a female Van Morrison. Her voice has considerable power. - The Splatter Effect NYC, NY

"on Vocalization Workshop"

I met Darlene at the Sivananda Ashram in the Baha-mas, where she taught a vocalizing class. I have never been a singer…as a matter of fact, I have always been petrified of singing. But after less than an hour, she had me singing my heart out, not worrying about sounding like an idiot. When someone makes you believe you can do it, you can! I will never be embarrassed again! - Brienne Glytton, LA, Ca

"on Whooping Workshop"

After witnessing the number of happy ‘Whoopers’ that emerged from Darlene’s workshops at the Northern Light Festival last summer, I decided if ever I ended up at the same festival as Darlene again, I would take her workshop. So at Blue Skies, along with a field full of other novices, I picked up a whoop. Darlene taught us first the basic moves and then the more elegant and challenging moves. It’s one of the few workshops at a festival that is truly participatory. It’s fun and focused and it carries you away. It’s different than any other workshop I’ve done... Adults love it. Teenagers love it. Kids love it - little ones and big ones (like me) alike.

Throughout the weekend, I saw people asking Darlene how to do this or that move. She always took the time to show them. We all learned, not only from Darlene’s spirit of generosity. That generous spirit, combined with her immense talent, makes both her musical performances and her workshops a highlight at any festival. It’s that generosity that people take home with them for a very long time. - Katherine Wheatley, Singer/Songwriter, Canada


2013  'Curves Ahead' - world music with a little band swing

2007 'solo LIVE' - recorded at 2006 Earthwork Harvest Gathering

1999 'Motel Darlene' - eclectic acoustic (solo-4 piece)

1993 'Absence of Uniformity' - a bluesy, jazzy full band album


2005 'Sweet Water' (SWEETWATER WOMEN - Aboriginal)

2003 'Pony' (the ROAD DOG DIVAS - gypsy.cowgirl.cabaret)

2002 'Everythings in Boxes' (the ROAD DOG DIVAS)



Earthwork Music Artist: DARLENE

-Dublin Events Guide

Darlene has been traveling the continent and abroad since 1990, learning from the roots of the music she loves.

"Darlene has a huge range of vocal & musical styles, reflecting wide travel & deep interest in the music of many cultures."
-Hot Press Magazine, Dublin

Darlene has been an opening act for Taj Mahal, Ani DiFranco, Blues Traveller and on a full tour with Michelle Shocked. She plays guitar with an impassioned flair, combing bass & rhythm and adding in the percussion of her boots 'n bells on a wooden stage.

"Darlene: Amazing musician, incredible performer."
-Michael Erlewine, Founder of All-Music Guide.

"... a powerful set of pipes and theatrical gypsy style"
-The London Free Press

"Darlene gathers energy from the very ground she stands on, and sings with grace and power."
-David Francey, Award winning Singer/Songwriter

"Truly one of the most entertaining and crowd-pleasing acts to ever grace the Main Stage of Home County Folk Festival."
-Ken Palmer, AD, London, ON


Blissfest Music Festival - MI
Blue Skies Festival (3x) - ON
City Roots Festival - ON
Dumbo Arts Festival - NY
Earthwork Harvest Gathering (5x) - MI
Eaglewood Folk Festival - ON
Farmfest (2x) - MI
Harbourfront Summer Festival - ON
Homecounty Folk Festival (2x) - ON
Kerrville Folk Festival - TX
Mariposa Folk Festival - ON
Northern Lights Festival Boreal (5x) - ON
Ottawa Folk Festival – ON
Peterborough Folk Festival - ON
Shelter Valley Folk Festival (3x) - ON
Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival – MI
Springfest - AR
Stewart Park Festival (2x) - ON
Summerfolk Music Festival - ON
Thundering Women’s Festival - ON
Water Festival (2x) - MI


Acoustic Harvest - ON
Fiddles and Frets - ON
Jefferson Freedom Cafe - TX
Goodfolk (3x) – AR
Lupus General Store - MO
Mallorytown Barn Concert (2x) - ON
Railway Station - ON
Uncle Calvins - TX
Wildwood (2x) – TX


VOCAL PLAY: Helping to liberate our voices from our own limitations in a lighthearted nature and allowing the voice to express itself without the need for words or musical education.
"For the first time of my life, I felt free letting my voice be heard and it was great!" -Tali, Israel
SEE: http://www.moteldarlene.com/vocal.htm

Hula Whooping: Take a Hula Hoop, a body and your childlike intrigue and prepare to let your body learn new ways to loosen joints, massage the internal organs, tone muscles and dance.
"It is one of the few workshops at a festival that is truly participatory. It's fun and focused and it carries you away. It's different than any other workshop I've done ... a highlight at any festival." -Katherine Wheatley, Singer/Songwriter, Canada
SEE: http://www.moteldarlene.com/whoop.htm

Earthwork Music
Little Red Hens
NA Folk Alliance

2002 Beth Ferguson Award - presented to a spirited songwriter who pens songs of social relevance with an emphasis on social issues.
2003 Jackie Washington Award - presented annually by Northern Lights Festival Boreal to an artist, group or individual who makes an outstanding contribution and who embodies the spirit of the festival in artistic and other endeavours.

* http://www.moteldarlene.com *
* www.myspace.com/moteldarlene *
* www.earthworkmusic.com/DARLENE.htm *

Contact: darlene@moteldarlene.com