The five-woman Americana ensemble Della Mae will perform this Friday on the island.(Courtesy Photo)

The five-woman Americana ensemble Della Mae will perform this Friday on the island.(Courtesy Photo)

Award-winning band Della Mae to play concert at VCA

  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 12:28pm
  • Arts

Grammy nominated, Nashville-based string band Della Mae to play at Vashon Center for the Arts

World touring, award winning band to play first ever concert on Vashon


Della Mae, a Nashville-based all-female string band, will play at Vashon Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. April 27. The concert will feature favorites as well as new songs from the band’s recently released album.

Since forming in Boston in 2009, the band has established a reputation as an energetic and crowd-pleasing act with a fan base from around the world.

Versatile instrumentalists and vocalists, the five women of Della Mae draw from a variety of roots influences to create a unique and vibrant sound that combines timeless lyrics, strong storytelling, and an unmistakably contemporary sensibility.

Della Mae is comprised of Celia Woodsmith on vocals and guitar, Kimber Ludiker on fiddle and vocals, Jenni Lyn Gardner on mandolin and vocals, ​​​​​​​Courtney Hartman on guitar, banjo and vocals and Zoe Guigueno on bass and vocals.

“Della Mae is truly a genre-breaking act,” said Angela Gist, VCA’s artistic director. “The band is musical, charismatic, and incredibly talented. It’s bluegrass, meets folk, meets rock. Honestly, it’s hard to imagine the music lover that won’t love this band. They’re that good.”

The band members come from different musical backgrounds and places in the United States and Canada, and each brings elements that make Della Mae a unique act. The result is a completely original style – sensitive yet assertive, intense yet playful, steeped in tradition yet undeniably current.

Della Mae was an International Bluegrass Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year in 2013, Grammy nominee in 2014 for their debut album on Rounder Records, named among Rolling Stone’s “Ten bands to watch for in 2015,” and have traveled with the United States State Department to more than 18 countries as cultural ambassadors in the American Music Abroad program.

The members of Della Mae have undertaken a series of extended trips to Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, playing concerts for local audiences, collaborating with local musicians and participating in children’s music-education programs.


The show is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at or at the ticket desk in the Katherine L. White Hall on Vashon.

More in Arts

Duo brings poetry, power to upcoming performance

Concert-goers can expect to hear music that is stirring, contemplative and topical.

A new musical production wraps ‘O Brother’ songs in fresh gimmick

A fresh narrative, built around Vashonian lore, will adapt famous soundtrack to island story.

What’s Happening June 13 – 20

Tributes to music greats, a showcase of island gardens, beer and the Blues, and more.

Third-graders sound the alarm to save salmon and orcas

Artworks call on their viewers to step up to protect the fragile ecosystems of the Salish Sea.

Jon Langford comes to town

Founded punk band The Mekons and alt-country ensembles The Waco Brothers and Pine Valley Cosmonauts.

Vashon Dance Academy does ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Performance will incorporate ballet, hip hop and modern dance to tell familiar story.

Music talk delves into the life and times of Ravel

The lecture will include performances by acclaimed musicians.

What’s Happening June 6 – 13

Claudia Schmidt, a celebrated singer-songwriter, will perform at a house concert at 7 p.m. Monday.

Can’t-miss performances, blockbuster new shows to debut

Island’s first art walk of the summer will unfold from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 7.

Japanese Day of Exile remembered in art and poetry

Commemorates the day Japanese American residents of Vashon Island were forced to leave their homes.

What’s Happening May 16 – 23

A night of guitar, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” an exhibit of photos from the border, and more.

‘Mamma Mia’ leaves audiences singing

The production is, in the end, the ultimate crowd pleaser.