Kris Delmhorst

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Kris Delmhorst
Kris Delmhorst by Shervin Lainez.jpg
photo by Shervin Lainez
Background information
Born Brooklyn, New York
Origin United States
Genres folk, Americana
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments vocals, guitar, fiddle, cello, viola, organ, piano, bass, mandolin, ukulele
Years active 1996–present
Labels Big Bean Music, Signature Sounds
Associated acts Redbird, Jeffrey Foucault, Peter Mulvey, The Vinal Avenue String Band
Notable instruments
Gibson guitars

Kris Delmhorst is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, 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 Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey.[3]

In the press[edit]

“moody, euphoric, and transcendent” -LA Times[4] “bold and brilliant” -Boston Globe[5] “Delmhorst has become a favorite among music fans who like to be challenged as well as entertained.” – Music Box Online[6] “a work of lo-fi beauty… evidence of an artist taking flight” -Boston Herald[7] “As seamless and brave as it is brilliantly creative” -Irish Times[8] “a gorgeous, tender, evocative voice and a textured and varied musical palette” -Amazon[9] “warm and immediately accessible”[10] … “a voice that breathes through the speakers”[11] -All Music


Blood Test[edit]

Delmhorst’s seventh album, Blood Test releases on Signature Sounds on May 13, 2014. It is her first of original music since 2008′s album Shotgun Singer.[12]


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 proto-punk new wave band The Cars.[13]

Shotgun Singer[edit]

In 2008, Delmhorst released 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.[14]

Strange Conversation[edit]

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.[15]


Delmhorst has recorded vocals, fiddle and cello on over 50 albums from artists such as Peter Wolf, Mary Gauthier, Chris Smither and Lori McKenna, and also records and performs with Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey as Redbird.[16]

2003 ‘’Redbird’’[edit]

In 2003, Delmhorst, Foucault, and Peter Mulvey released an album entitled Redbird.

1999 ‘’Vinal Avenue String Band’’[edit]

In 1999, she released a live album with The Vinal Avenue String Band, consisting of herself, Sean Staples, and Ry Cavanaugh.

1998 ‘’RESPOND’’[edit]

She was involved in producing 1998's Respond compilation, a fundraiser for domestic violence groups, and it included her song Weatherman.


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]


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