Dana Wylie is farm girl from Saskatchewan who has travelled the world in search of home. Her struggle to reconcile the wanderer with the bumpkin, mixed with her crystal clear voice and fluid finger-style guitar playing, has resulted in a unique musical language that effortlessly straddles country and city, folk and intellectual.
Wylie's search took her first to Edmonton in 1997, to study theatre. Her 2003 one-woman Fringe hit Tempo de Java seemed destined to lead her to a long and fruitful acting career, but she had decided two things by then – that what she really wanted to do was play music, and that she needed to get out and see a bit more of the world. Circumstance took her to Taiwan, where she was surprised to find a thriving expat music scene, and where for two years she played constantly – in jug bands, bluegrass bands, cover bands, jazz bands – before moving to England to form the Dana Wylie Band, which toured Britain and North America steadfastly for five years.
While overseas, Wylie developed a profound affinity for traditional folk music – sparked by her first hearing of the great Sandy Denny’s version of ‘Reynardine” – which catalyzed an evolution in her own music and a passion for the history and practice of music-making that drives her to this day – she is currently pursuing a Masters degree in music at the University of Alberta. In ten years of recording and performing, Wylie has achieved an artistic growth that most singer/songwriters don't experience in a lifetime, a growth that led Penguin Eggs magazine to state that she “stands out from the pack with the maturity of her musical vision.”