Monday, July 29, 2013

Della Mae: Improper Bostonians

are the Dellas.  They are on the cover of magazine of said name! 

With a nice bit for AMA:
Although Woodsmith doesn’t like to emphasize Della Mae’s character as a female band, it was hard to escape the fact when they toured last year as cultural ambassadors under the U.S. State Department’s American Music Abroad program to Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. “They did pick us specifically to go into those areas because we were women,” Woodsmith says. “I don’t like to promote the fact that we’re women. But in this case, when we went to Central Asia, I was extremely proud to be a band of women.”
The tour included stops at orphanages. “We’d let the orphans play our instruments, and for a lot of them, it was the first time they’d ever really touched instruments, and to see their eyes light up was such a joy,” she says. “We did a musical collaboration in each city we went to, with local artists, and most of the time we couldn’t speak the language. We had interpreters, but that only goes so far. But we could sit and play for hours.”
As I have long stated, definitely the finest cultural diplomatesses that have ever graced Foggy Bottom.  I am proud to have helped arrange those orphanage visits for Della Mae.

Celia Woodsmith with a new friend

Courtney Hartman giving guitar lessons

From Bishkek Orphanage
Jenni Lyn shares her mandolin
From Della Mae at Astana Orphanage

I think the comment made on FB was, "that is the luckiest orphan on the planet"
From Bishkek Orphanage

Kimber and her new friend head out
From Bishkek Orphanage

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