Entire population attends gig

Daria Kulesh PNL-150814-161107001
Daria Kulesh PNL-150814-161107001

A Kings Langley-based singer-songwriter has just completed a ‘truly magical’ Hemel To Hebrides tour .

From July 17 to August 5, folk singer Daria Kulesh played gigs in venues including bookshops, bars, community centres and theatres in Kings Langley, Oxford, Kenilworth, Nottingham, Barnard Castle, North Shields, Inverness and the Hebrides.

It all started when Daria applied to be the support act for Norfolk singer-songwriter Paul Thompson on the Isle of Skye leg of his Foating To The Fringe Tour – an epic musical journey to the Edinburgh Fringe by milk float.

Daria said: “Then I wondered, instead of flying there – tricky with all my instruments – how about I drive and get some gigs along the way?

“So I took a map out and asked people for help and advice on Facebook and Twitter.”

Daria was overwhelmed by support from friends and fans offering venue recommendations, help with publicity and even accommodation.

On Skye, the venues were a ferry terminal, a house concert, an art gallery, and inn and a theatre.

And Daria thinks she may be the only Hemel area musician ever to have played a gig on the tiny Isle of Rum.

“The entire population of 20 people came to see me play,” she said.