Daria Kulesh - folk singer and songwriter
Daria Kulesh - folk singer and songwriter

About Daria Kulesh

With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, Daria Kulesh is making a name for herself as a unique and exciting singer/songwriter. Her “phenomenal” (Fatea Magazine) debut solo album Eternal Child was released on 31 January 2015 to much critical acclaim, awards and nominations.

"Haunting and enigmatic" (Clive Davis, The Sunday Times)

Winner, EP of the Year 2016, Laurel Canyon Music
FolkWords' Album of the Month, January 2017 and 2015
Runner Up, FolkWords' Best Album from a Female Artist (2015)
Runner Up, Favourite New Artist of 2015, Laurel Canyon Music
Nominee, FolkWords' Album of the Year (2015)
Finalist, Write a Song for Lincolnshire 2012
Finalist, Write a Folk Song for Herts, Bucks and Beds 2012
Finalist, St Albans Film Festival 2013 (Best Music Video)

Lead singer of KARA (Love Folk LIVE 2014 - Most Exciting Live Performance; one

of The Telegraph's best folk music albums of 2014)

"The creative adult is the child who has survived" (Ursula K. Le Guin)

Russian-born but now settled in Kings Langley, Daria Kulesh conjures a beguiling romanticism. Dynamic delivery and passion come to the fore in her debut solo album, Eternal Child', described as "phenomenal" by FATEA Magazine and named 'Album of the Month' and Runner Up in ‘Best Album of 2015 from a Female Artist’ by FolkWords, among numerous other accolades.

From performing in a resident band at an Irish pub near the Kremlin to singing at a charity gala at the former Moscow Governor's palace; from busking in Nova Scotia, Canada to playing at Cambridge Folk Festival and the Southbank Centre, Daria's musical and personal journey is turbulent and varied - and her songs reflect that.

Daria has recently completed her first solo UK tour, Hemel to Hebrides, and also performed a string of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. She has appeared live in session on BBC Shropshire, BBC Kent, BBC Lincolnshire, BBC Gloucestershire, BBC Russian, BBC Three Counties, Blues and Roots Radio, Pure FM, Dapper FM, Radio Teesdale, Radio Dacorum and many more, played headline shows and prestigious support slots at numerous folk clubs and acoustic venues and headlined Birch Hill Charity Festival.

Daria has been featured in The Times, The Telegraph and The Evening Standard.

She also fronts KARA, a fast rising "unique & innovative" band championed, in particular, by The Telegraph (Best Folk Albums 2014 list) and R2 Magazine (Best of the Year, 2014).

"Great vocalist" (Mike Harding, The Mike Harding Folk Show)

"Sweet singing" (Martin Chilton, The Telegraph)

"A fine singer-songwriter" (Johnny Coppin, BBC Radio Gloucestershire)

"A great voice and a great songwriter" (Doug Welch, BBC Radio Kent)

"Exceptional, crystal-clear vocals" (Andy McMillan, Bright Young Folk)

"With her enigmatic vocals and alluring accent, Daria Kulesh engages completely" (Tim Carroll, FolkWords)

"Haunting eastern European and Russian influence, full of folklore and magic... crimson rose of a voice" (Tamsin Rosewell, Radio Warwickshire)

"Daria's singing puts me in mind of Peggy Seeger" (Phil Widdows, FolkCast)

"A singer and songwriter of excellence" (Colin MacDonald, Folkal Point, Celtic Music Radio)

"Gorgeous voice" (Rick Stuart, Roots & Fusion)

"She is fast becoming one of our favourite artists. Fantastic vocalist, fantastic music" (Andy Barnes, Mike Ainscoe & Nigel Cartner, Sonic Bandwagon)

"Daria Kulesh must have the most refined voice in folk music" (Danny Farragher, Folk All blog - read full review)

"Delightful... soaring, evocative vocal takes the listener on a musical journey" (Mike Lindley, Ralph's Life music blog)

"A very spirited performance" (Dai Woosnam, The Living Tradition)

"A really unique voice" (Neil Povey & Chris Giles, Folk is Not a Rude Word)

"Daria's songs are clever, poignant and pretty ...a mix that is rare but beautiful" 
(Ange Hardy, multi-award-winning singer/songwriter)

"Beautiful, visual, wonderful!" (Tom Pow, poet)

"Daria Kulesh... a refreshing and vibrant explosion" (Alban Low, Art of Folk blog)

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Twitter: @DariaKulesh

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