|Sunday 01 March 2020 @ 02:00pm : -
David Celia & Marla
For some years, David Celia & Marla (Marlene Winkler) have been going on long tours together, then settling down in Toronto to reflect and write songs. Filled with nostalgia and confidence, the two have explored many lands, playing over 200 shows all over Europe, Canada & Russia with their voices and guitars. The eleven songs on their first joint record are also eleven musical postcards for anyone who has ever dreamt of being on the move. Their vocal harmonies blend together with hints of 60’s folk, yet remain timeless and make you want to sing along. Daydreamers is more than just an album, it's the diary of two travellers.
Marla and David’s first meeting was at a festival in Germany. The chemistry was incandescent - and they soon discovered their musical harmonies glowed as brilliantly as their fresh romance. But with Marla hailing from Heidelberg and David calling Mississauga home, how could this musical partnership flourish? Their intercontinental relationship was solidified in Toronto when David produced Marla’s debut album 'Madawaska Valley' in the summer of 2016 - released on Melting Pot Music.
David Celia is a musical renegade, a troubadour, a musician’s musician. He’s been recording and playing music for over two decades and tours regularly across Canada, Germany, the UK and other parts of Europe. Songs from his four solo albums are played on radio and TV around Europe and North America. David is a true triple threat - a wizard on the guitar, a dynamic sideman, and a tasteful producer.
Marla, being both German and Spanish, combines an exuberant flare with youthful frankness. Her honest voice is both husky and lush, depending on what she is expressing. Cello was her first musical love. Later, she gained stage experience performing in musicals, theatre and opera.
Together, David and Marla are as likely to make you laugh with their absurd banter as bring you to tears with their tender harmonies. They recently did an extensive European tour - initially opening for each other - but later combining their sets and becoming one act. The duo finalized the songs on 'Daydreamers' while touring Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Returning to Toronto, David and Marla took their colourful collection of songs to Don Kerr’s studio The Rooster. As Ron Sexsmith’s drummer and a seasoned producer, Kerr not only played the drums but also set the ambience for the bed tracks. Later at Organica, David’s home studio, the magical intimacy that surrounds every song on this album, continued evolving. The warm and vulnerable songs act as both windows into their lives and mirrors into your own.
"Excellent musicianship..... elegant and melodic" ~ Neil Hannon, The Divine Comedy
"Celia's stage presence and charisma hold the crowd like a rabbit in car's headlights." ~ Flicky Harrison, The Evening Advertiser Swindon, England
"This is Superb" ~ Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 - (On Organica...)
"Really good music" ~ Hilly Krystal, CBGB's New York City
"This is something special" ~ Andy Lowe, 12 Bar Club London, England
"One of the best talents to hit Merseyside from North America" ~ Alex McKechnie, Cavern Club, Liverpool
"Pure musical escapism" ~ NOW magazine, Toronto
"Haunting melodies" ~ The Great Kreskin
"One of Toronto's best guitar players" ~ Tom Power, CBC Radio 2