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Celia WOODSMITH

BIO


Celia Woodsmith is a GRAMMY Nominated performer, vocalist, and songwriter. The daughter of the Vermont based poet Sybil Smith she is influenced by artists such as John Prine, Janis Joplin and Mahalia Jackson. Over time, and without any formal training Celia molded her own vocal style and has been hailed by the Boston Globe as "Unvarnished and intimate (...) but then sounds like she's about to part the Dead Sea".

 

Woodsmith's performances can be described as "one of a kind: gritty, muscular, folksy and intimate sometimes all at once" (Bluegrass Situation) Not confined by genre she is as comfortable playing Bill Monroe as she is singing an old jazz standard, or a Led Zeppelin rocker. 

 

In the last 14 years Celia has released nine albums of original music most recently with Nashville based bluegrass band Della Mae and her Boston based vintage rock project SAY Darling. In 2014 Della Mae was nominated for a Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY for their record "This World Oft Can Be". 

The all female Della Mae has performed in 19 countries with the US Department of State's cultural diplomacy program "American Music Abroad". Woodsmith recently spoke about her experiences with travel and music at TEDx Piscataqua River in Portsmouth, NH.

 

In 2016 Woodsmith took a hiatus from Della Mae to write, listen and reflect about her years on the road. With her husband she biked 1.700 miles from Geneva, Switzerland to Vlorë, Albania, completing a physical task that she was unaware she could accomplish. In that time off she was able to write and record for her debut solo record "Cast Iron Shoes". Recorded with New York musical heavyweights in July of 2017 Woodsmith brings 11 fresh new tracks to the table. A bold artistic nod toward Bonnie Raitt's Nick Of Time combined with firey notes of Alanis Morisette's Jagged Little Pill, Cast Iron Shoes is sure to please bluegrass and rock fans alike. 

 

Avi & Celia 2007