Featured Performing Artist – Dara Hallett

Featured Performing Artist – Dara Hallett

Dara Hallett is a musician living in La Ronge, Saskatchewan. Dara is originally from southern Saskatchewan and raised on the prairies. She is a classically trained pianist and singer who spent time touring across Canada with Saskatchewan Express as well as a winner at both regional and provincial level music competitions in classical voice. Dara studied musical theatre at Randolph School of the Arts in Toronto and went on to complete her Associate with the Royal Conservatory of Toronto in Singing and Theory in 2000. From there she completed her Education degree at the University of Regina in 2002.

Dara has three albums of original folk songs recorded in 2005, 2007, and 2011. She has toured many churches and coffee shops in our province singing her songs and sharing her stories. Her music has been played on CBC, MBC, and CFMQ over the years and her song, The Badge, was featured by the Canadian Press in a tribute to fallen RCMP in 2012 across Canada.

Along with her husband Josh, she has raised three sons, all across the north, in communities such as Hudson Bay, Pelican Narrows, Buffalo Narrows, Big River and Southend. Together, they make music in a family band. Dara is also a singer in the Funky Bus based in La Ronge and area.

Dara’s music has a touch of the north and the pull of the prairies. If you would like to book Dara for a house concert or a night of songs and stories, send her an email at djhallett@netscape.net.

*  “Land of the Silver Birch” is a traditional Canadian folk song that dates from the 1920s.

*  “Danny Boy” is a ballad writen by English songwriter Frederic Weatherly set to an ancient Irish melody.