BIO


Celia Woodsmith is a GRAMMY Nominated performer, vocalist, and songwriter. Influenced by artists such as John Prine, Janis Joplin, Patsy Cline, and Mahalia Jackson she has molded her own vocal style that can be described as "one of a kind: gritty, muscular, folksy and intimate sometimes all at once" (Bluegrass Situation). A fixture of the New England roots scene, she has been hailed by the Boston Globe as "Unvarnished and intimate (...) but then sounds like she's about to part the Dead Sea".

 

In the last 10 years, Celia has released six albums with Nashville based string band Della Mae. In 2014 Della Mae was nominated for a Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY for their record "This World Oft Can Be". Their most recent album "Headlight" has been described as "...powerful writing, soaring vocals, and moving musical unity — challenge us, energize us, and touch us as they light the way. This is an album on which you can feel the emotions of the group in each song as they evoke anger, sadness, hopelessness, and joy". (No Depression)

 

The all-female Della Mae has performed in 19 countries with the US Department of State's cultural diplomacy program "American Music Abroad". Woodsmith spoke about her experiences with travel and music at TEDx Piscataqua River in Portsmouth, NH in a talk called "A Soft Drink and a Song in the Hills of Pakistan".

 

In 2016 Woodsmith took a hiatus from touring to write, listen, and reflect about her years on the road. With her husband she road-biked 1.700 miles from Geneva, Switzerland to Vlorë, Albania. In that time off she was able to write and record for her debut solo record "Cast Iron Shoes". The all original album combines raw, roots-rock with heart-searing songs like "Sicily" which paint a solemn picture of the global refugee crisis.

 

In March, 2020, Woodsmith found herself quarantined at her home in Kittery,ME. Off the road for the first time in 15 years, she has been focusing on writing, learning, teaching and rejuvenating her relationship with the outdoors.

SAY Darling, Amanda Kowalski
SAY Darling, Amanda Kowalski
Della Mae
Della Mae
Della Mae
Della Mae
Della Mae 2015
Della Mae 2015
Della Mae, 56th GRAMMY awards
Della Mae, 56th GRAMMY awards
Hey Mama, 2010
Hey Mama, 2010
Amanda Kowalski
Amanda Kowalski
Avi & Celia 2007
Avi & Celia 2007
Della-February 20, 2016-2
Della-February 20, 2016-2