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Lacemakers / Press

“Kim Blackwell along with band mates Miss Darla and Heloise Love, came together nearly two years ago to form The Lacemakers. “We came together with three different likes,” said Kim. “It’s such a wonderful blend.” The Lacemakers combine three-part harmonies with a number of instruments, including the dulcimer, guitar, banjo and fiddle, to perform a variety of folk styles, including traditional Irish and Appalachian, as well as original tunes they’ve combined with traditional stories, and even some modern folk music. (Read more at http://www.pomeradonews.com/2012/08/24/folk- music- at- templar’s- hall- on- aug- 31/ )”

“Common Threads: The Lacemakers Meet the Lacemakers, three women, all multi-instrumentalists with lovely voices, who also just happen to be a hair stylist, a teacher, and a natural dog treat company owner. The trio, based out of Escondido, specializes in Scottish, Irish, Appalachian, bluegrass, and original mountain music. (more at http://sandiegotroubadour.com/2013/06/common-threads-the-lacemakers/)”

“THE LACEMAKERS: Common Thread By Frank Kocher, June 2013 lacemakers San Diego’s Lacemakers’ eponymous 2012 debut CD was a delightful batch of acoustic folk with roots in the hills of Ireland, Scotland, and American coal country. Ten of the 13 tracks covered traditional songs, giving them a shot of energy and affection with the trio’s trademark spot-on wooden accompaniment and sweet-spot three-part harmonies. Heloise Love (vocals, guitar, Irish whistle), Kim Blackwell (vocals, fiddle, banjo), and Miss Darla (vocals, guitar, percussion, harmonica, autoharp) are back with Common Thread. The new one has the Lacemakers sound and 13 tracks, but it is all originals, eight of them by Donaldson. With few exceptions, the songs stay very much in the Celtic and bluegrass genres, with touches that often add a dated, rustic feel. (more) http://sandiegotroubadour.com/2013/06/the-lacemakers-common-thread/”

“THE LACEMAKERS By Frank Kocher, September 2012 The Lacemakers’ mission statement is “Interlacing Celtic, traditonal, and original music for all occasions.” They are Heloise Love, Miss Darla, and Kim Blackwell, and while the name is new, the performers are veterans. Love has been singing and playing traditional Celtic and American music for at least a decade with her own band and should be familiar to many local fans of the genre. Likewise, Darla, who writes the group’s originals, has been playing guitar, mandolin, and mountain dulcimer and singing with the traditional music duo Sheela-na-gig. Completing the package is Kim Blackwell, a good North County fiddler and banjo player whose vocal contributions fill out the trio’s harmonies perfectly. The Lacemakers, their debut, is a 13-song sampling of folk music, much of it originating an ocean and two centuries removed, but delivered in a way that shows respect for the timeless qualities of the songs, while bringing them ”

“The Lacemakers, (independent, 2012) "This self-titled selection of Scottish, Irish and Appalachian songs with new music in the vein is a wonderful introduction to the Lacemakers. Our perception of lacemakers can often be older ladies in secluded surrounding carrying on a centuries-old tradition. This trio certainly fit that latter category (the "tradition," not the "older" part) but their lace is definitely modern. They give a unique spin to traditional songs, making a new sound in the process. Not that they abandon the traditional, which is augmented in a terrific fashion by ladies who have a true love of the music........."”

"Heloise Love and her lovely ladies show up an hour early to get ready to play at Old Cal Coffee last Friday Night. They looked like a million bucks, so I took lots of photos and they sound even better, so I took some video too. I’d like to introduce you to this band as I feel they have a lot to offer as they play so many great instruments and sing and write their own music too! We had a few moments before their performance and shot this video… It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Heloise Love, Kim Donaldson and Virginia’s own, Miss Darla!"

“Chris Lamberton April 4 at 11:09am Report Hi Heloise! Thank you for coming back for San Diego Tartan Day on Saturday! I was again reminded of why I enjoy your singing so much! I am so glad you were able to be with us, and hope that you will come back again next year! Chris Lamberton Director-At-Large - San Diego Tartan Day”

“ Tim Day says, “Heloise is one of the most versatile, talented, and dedicated musicians I’ve ever worked with. She explores the music, listens, learns, and never stops trying to be a consummate performer and entertainer.””

"A young lady born in San Diego to a French mother and a father with Welsh and Scottish roots was raised in a household listening to Herb Alpert and the Irish Rovers, among many others. With her sisters she sang harmony and between them they played multiple instruments from guitar to trumpet, with autoharp in there, too. From those roots, Heloise Love has grown into an accomplished performer with an obvious love of great folk music...."