With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, "bold, exotic, impressive" Daria Kulesh is a rising star and a unique character on the UK folk scene. Her debut album Eternal
Child was described as "phenomenal" and named Runner-Up in "Best Album of 2015 from a Female Artist" by FolkWords, among numerous other accolades.
Her 2017 album Long Lost Home has won awards in the UK and in Russia, including Laurel Canyon Music's Album of the Year. It has enjoyed national radio play and incredible reviews calling it a
"triumph", a "masterpiece" and "a definite contender for the best album of 2017". Mike Harding praised the The Moon and the Pilot as "one of the most beautiful new songs of the last ten years".
Daria's latest release, Earthly Delights, is being acclaimed as "one of the year's finest albums" (Folk Radio UK).
A hardworking and in-demand live performer, Daria offers her audiences a thoroughly engaging, entertaining and enchanting experience – with 80+ concert appearances in the UK and abroad last year alone and a growing number of venue and festival bookings. "The songs aren't just sung, but lived" (FATEA Magazine).
Album of the Year 2017, Laurel Canyon Music
Runner Up, FolkWords' Best Album from a Female Artist (2015 and 2017)
Nominee, Best Duo, Folking Awards 2019
Nominee, Best Album and Soloist of the Year, Folking Awards 2018
Runner Up, The Mythmaker Award, Folk Phenomena Awards 2018
Ministry of Culture Award (Ingush Republic, Russia), March 2017
EP of the Year 2016, Laurel Canyon Music
FolkWords' Album of the Month, January 2017 and 2015
Runner Up, Favourite New Artist of 2015, Laurel Canyon Music
Nominee, FolkWords' Album of the Year (2015)
Finalist, St Albans Film Festival 2013 (Best Music Video)
Finalist, Write a Song for Lincolnshire 2012
Finalist, Write a Folk Song for Herts, Bucks and Beds 2012
Lead singer of KARA (Love Folk LIVE 2014 - Most Exciting Live Performance; one
of The Telegraph's best folk music albums of 2014)
"One of my favourite singer-songwriters" (Mike Harding, The Mike Harding Folk Show)
"A brilliant 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)
"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)
"Delightful... soaring, evocative vocal takes the listener on a musical journey" (Mike Lindley, Ralph's Life music blog)
"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)