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Grammy-nominated band wins hearts of Ho Chi Minh City audiences

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 12:05 GMT+7

Hundreds of people in Ho Chi Minh City enjoyed a night full of cheerful and memorable country melodies on Wednesday from Grammy nominated all female band Della Mae.

The show opened with some of the American band’s hits, including “This World Oft Can Be” from the album of the same name which earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014.

After that, the five women of the Boston-born band continuously wowed the audience of both local residents and expats with thrilling tunes “Turtle Down,” “Empire,” Rude Awakening,” Shambles,” and “High Away.”


American bluegrass band Della Mae performs in Ho Chi Minh City on April 27, 2016. Photo: Dong Nguyen/ Tuoi Tre News

Numerous members of the audience waved their hands and later left their seats to approach the stage and dance along, turning the show into a party.

Some used their hands to form a heart shape, expressing their love for the band.


Audiences dance along. Photo: Dong Nguyen/ Tuoi Tre News

In response to the love of their fans, the band addressed their happiness at performing for the first time in Vietnam and promised to “tell people in the U.S. how beautiful the people here are.”

The band also surprised by joining guest singer, local pop star Van Mai Huong to sing a Vietnamese song named “Hoa Thom Buom Luon” which literally means “fragrant flowers with butterflies hovering” in English.


Local singer Van Mai Huong. Photo: Dong Nguyen/ Tuoi Tre News

After the 1-hour-and-a-half show concluded, many who attended remained at the Lan Anh Stage in District 3 to take photos of the singers they love.


Della Mae on stage. Photo: Dong Nguyen/ Tuoi Tre News

Besides Ho Chi Minh City, Della Mae will continue to their performances in the central city of Hue, offer musical master classes and do some charity activities, including a visit to a blind school and people with mental illness in both cities.

The band’s trip to Vietnam is part of a series of activities held by the U.S. Consulate General to promote cultural exchange and enhance mutual understanding between the people of both countries.

Formed in 2009, the band is composed of vocalist Celia Woodsmith, mandolin player Jenni Lyn Gardner, guitarist Courtnery Hartman, bass player Zoe Guigueno and fiddle player Kimber Ludiker.

In 2015, they released their self-titled third album, ‘Della Mae,’ which American music magazine Relix said was "one of the better string-band records of the year."

The album was also listed among Telegraph’s best country music albums of 2015, and the American Music Association’s top 100 albums of that year.

In the same year, the band was included in the list of Rolling Stones magazine's ‘10 New Artists You Need to Know,’ recommending their song ‘Empire’ for their readers to listen to.


Two members of Della Mae performs with applauses from audiences. Photo: Dong Nguyen/ Tuoi Tre News

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