Kris Delmhorst Biography

Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Roots singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kris Delmhorst is a classically trained cellist who is also an adept fiddle player. She learned the latter instrument during a spell hitchhiking in Ireland, an experience she fitted in around studying for a degree and working on farms, bakeries and ocean-going boats. Delmhorst moved to Boston, Massachusetts in the mid-90s where she began laying the foundations for a solo career. She debuted in the late 90s with the independently released Appetite, promoting the album with a busy touring schedule that took her all around the USA and over the seas to Europe. One of the album’s best tracks, ‘Weathermen’, appeared on the same year’s benefit compilation Respond. Delmhorst’s impressive work rate also saw her appearing as a supporting player for other artists and inaugurating a number of side projects, including the Vinal Avenue String Band. The Oddlot EP, which followed in 2000, featured seven songs recorded in a range of live settings. The excellent Five Stories featured co-production by ex-Morphine drummer Billy Conway, and like Delmhorst’s previous recordings, ranged freely and effortlessly over a variety of roots and folk-based styles. Before the release of her next album, Delmhorst collaborated with singer-songwriters Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey as Redbird (releasing a self-titled album in 2003 on the Signature Sounds label). Delmhorst teamed up with Conway again on the same year’s Songs For A Hurricane. The album’s astute exploration of the emotional vagaries and tenuous nature of relationships paid tribute to Delmhorst’s rapidly maturing songwriting.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.