Dana Wylie is a bright light from the great west...her singing is brimming with soul and songs and their great arrangements are unique and strong... Her ideas are elegant and classic—but also unbound by genre...I can’t wait to hear her again ”

— Colin Linden

Stardust Folk

Welcome to the online home of singer, songwriter, musician, writer, mother, lover and pal Dana Wylie. Here's a promise: Dana's crystal clear voice will cut straight through to your heart, and just to make it a fair deal, her songs will give you a direct route into hers. This is music that won't bullshit you, but it will move you.

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How Much Muscle: Double LP
  • How Much Muscle: Double LP

How Much Muscle: Double LP

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We recorded so much music, we have to put it on two LPs! Doing it this way is allowing us to keep it to 13 minutes of music per side, which means it will sound fantastic. I would have had to cut too many songs off of this thing to fit it comfortably on one record, and my heart is telling me to share it all. It all goes together. And it will be

We recorded so much music, we have to put it on two LPs! Doing it this way is allowing us to keep it to 13 minutes of music per side, which means it will sound fantastic. I would have had to cut too many songs off of this thing to fit it comfortably on one record, and my heart is telling me to share it all. It all goes together. And it will be delivered to you packaged in Kendel Vreeling's always-stunning artwork.

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Upcoming Shows

Previous events

May19

Foothills Acoustic Music Institute – May Instructional Camp

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1 hour north of Calgary

I'm excited to be teaching songwriting at this camp, a new experience for me. The camp also offers instruction in banjo, guitar, voice, mandolin, song arrangement, percussion, playing by ear, drum and strum, folk ensemble, and the music biz. All your folkie bases are covered! Details here: https://fami.ca/may-camp/

May17

The SOHO Wednesday night pro-jam has morphed into a residency for those of us who made up the house band for the jam – Harry Gregg on bass, Jamie Cooper on drums, Rooster Davis on the Yamaha mini-organ (aka The Little Bastard), myself on keys and vocals, and either Kyle Mosiuk or Chad Murphy on guitar and vocals, depending on the week. This residency is a new thing, for us and for SOHO, and we're rearing to build up a regular audience for it. We play what we love and what fires us up (most of it is in the blues/soul/rock/roots pocket), and we LOVE playing with each other. The music is all soulful and all danceable, and the vibe is all camaraderie and friendliness. SOHO is a lovely bar full of lovely people, and every Wednesday we deepen our sense of it as our clubhouse. We'd love for you to be part of that. No cover.

Mar29

They Folk: Songbirds by Starlight

The Aviary, 9314 111 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB.

From the organizers: We’ve called this event series “Songbirds by Starlight”, and will be bringing gold and silver disco-balls to provide a bit of a “starlight” effect for these events. You’re welcome to dress for the theme, or wear sparkling accessories or items — we encourage you to have fun and feel comfortable in whatever way is best for you.

The event details are as follows:

Artists: Dana Wylie, Alex Dawkins, Ariana Brophy (no order determined) Location: The Aviary Doors 7:30 Music 8:00 $10 in advance / $15 at the door PWYC by emailing director@futurefolk.ca

Mar25

A fundraiser for Chorealis, the house choir at the Unitarian Church of Edmonton. Chorealis will perform, followed by Caleb Nelson and then yours truly. There'll be a cash bar, and tickets are $20 at the door or you can get them in advance by calling 780-454-8073 or from a Chorealis member directly, if you happen to know one! You can also let me know if you'd like a ticket; I can hook you up.

Mar8

I'm taking my one-woman show Makings of a Voice on the road! Makings of a Voice is a theatrical song cycle about discovering our individual identity within generational narratives. A personal journey situated somewhere between the past and the present, between motherhood and daughterhood, between music and monologue, this intimate piece follows a messy trajectory into the heart of one woman’s story and provides a compelling argument for why our stories need to be told.

Pay-what-you-will

Mar8

A workshop I'm presenting in conjunction with Makings of a Voice. Here's what it's all about: As a songwriter, Dana Wylie has long known that specificity of story and experience is one of the keys to accessing a universality that connects us all. Storytelling is a deeply human impulse, and to engage searchingly with one’s own story can be a powerful process of sense-making and healing, as well as connection to others.

In this workshop, Dana will lead a discussion on the desire for one’s story and its relation to appearance and identity, share her particular process for writing her story in Makings of a Voice, and guide participants through a few simple exercises to get them started down the road of engaging with their own stories – an inevitably rich and rewarding journey for writers, non-writers, and would-be writers alike.

Pay-what-you-will

Feb4

In the spirit of Better Late Than Never, I am finally officially releasing How Much Muscle, the full 7-piece band, live off the floor recording I made back in summer 2020. And I'm thrilled to be having a celebration concert at SOHO, which has become a bit of a clubhouse for me, as a member of the Wednesday night Pro-jam's house band. Joining me for this show are Keith Rempel on bass, Daniel Stadnicki on drums, David Aide on keys, Audrey Ochoa on trombone, Dave Babcock on sax, and Bob Tildesley on trumpet. Ticket info is forthcoming very soon – stay tuned. Meanwhile, you can just get in touch with me if you're really keen to secure your ticket.

$20 in advance; $25 at the door