Kris Delmhorst

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Kris Delmhorst
Kris Delmhorst by Shervin Lainez.jpg
photo by Shervin Lainez
Background information
BornBrooklyn, New York, United States
OriginUnited States
GenresFolk, Americana
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
Instrumentsvocals, guitar, fiddle, cello, viola, organ, piano, bass, mandolin, ukulele
Years active1996–present
LabelsBig Bean Music, Signature Sounds
Associated actsRedbird, Jeffrey Foucault, Peter Mulvey, The Vinal Avenue String Band

Kris Delmhorst is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, United States, she now lives in Western Massachusetts, is an active member of the Boston folk scene, and tours internationally. She has released six full-length solo albums and two EPs on Signature Sounds Recordings.[1]


Delmhorst is married to fellow singer/songwriter Jeffrey Foucault, with whom she had a daughter in 2008.[2] She occasionally performs as part of the collective Redbird with Foucault and Peter Mulvey.[3]

Delmhorst released Appetite, her first album, in 1998, the same year she was involved in producing the Respond compilation, a fundraiser for domestic violence groups. It included her song Weatherman. In 1999, she released a live album with The Vinal Avenue String Band, consisting of herself, Sean Staples, and Ry Cavanaugh. Her second solo album, Five Stories, was released in 2001 and was well received.[4][5] In 2003, Delmhorst, Foucault, and Mulvey released an album entitled Redbird the same year as her solo release Songs for a Hurricane. The trio released a live album in 2010.

In 2006, Delmhorst took the words of poems by writers such as Lord Byron, George Eliot and Edna St. Vincent Millay, and set them to original music.[6] Delmhorst released Shotgun Singer in 2008, a collection of original recordings noted for its artistic vibe, instrumentation and alternative aesthetic, compared to previous recordings that focused more heavily on vocals and lyrics.[7] In 2011, Delmhorst gathered instrumentalists and singers from across the Boston/Cambridge music scene, including The Cars’ keyboardist Greg Hawkes, to record a covers album dedicated to music by the new wave band The Cars.[8]

Delmhorst’s seventh album, Blood Test was released on Signature Sounds on May 13, 2014. It is her first of original music since her 2008 album Shotgun Singer.[9] Delmhorst has recorded vocals, fiddle and cello on over 50 albums from artists such as Peter Wolf, Mary Gauthier, Chris Smither and Lori McKenna.[10]


Solo albums[edit]


  • 2000 - Oddlot (Live EP)
  • 2008 - Horses Swimming (EP)


with Peter Mulvey and Jeffrey Foucault

Vinal Avenue String Band[edit]

with Sean Staples and Ry Cavanaugh

  • 1999 -Live at Tir na nÓg

Other contributions[edit]

  • WYEP Live and Direct: Volume 4 - On Air Performances (2002) - "Little Wings"

In the press[edit]

  • “moody, euphoric, and transcendent” - Los Angeles Times[1]
  • “bold and brilliant” - Boston Globe[11]
  • “Delmhorst has become a favorite among music fans who like to be challenged as well as entertained.” – Music Box Online[12]
  • “a work of lo-fi beauty… evidence of an artist taking flight” - Boston Herald[13]
  • “As seamless and brave as it is brilliantly creative” - Irish Times[14]
  • “warm and immediately accessible”[15] … “a voice that breathes through the speakers”[16] - AllMusic


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-20. Retrieved 2014-04-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Y/H Management. "Jeffrey Foucault Newsletter." Email. 11 Jul. 2006.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-25. Retrieved 2014-04-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ Minor 7th review
  6. ^ "Singer Creates Musical 'Conversation' with Poetry". Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  7. ^ "KRIS DELMHORST > Shotgun Singer « American Songwriter". 1 May 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Kris Delmhorst: Cars". Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  9. ^ "PRESS". KRIS DELMHORST. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
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  11. ^ "Calendar Event Picks -". Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  12. ^ Metzger, John. "Kris Delmhorst - Shotgun Singer (Album Review)". Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  13. ^ Dow, Nate. Boston Herald. April 18, 2008.
  14. ^ "Search". Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Five Stories - Kris Delmhorst - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  16. ^ "Songs for a Hurricane - Kris Delmhorst - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 September 2017.

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