Dirk and Amelia Powell are a father/daughter duo from Southwest Louisiana. Dirk Powell is well-known to Celtic Connections audiences from his performances with Transatlantic Sessions. As well as his work with artists such as Joan Baez, Rhiannon Giddens, Eric Clapton, and more. He is regarded as a champion of rural Americana, with a focus on the music of his Appalachian roots and his Cajun home. Yet he has longstanding ties with the Celtic music world, as evidenced by his latest album, When I Wait For You, produced by Donald Shaw.
Dirk’s daughter Amelia Powell grew up in the bayous of Louisiana, immersed in the musical culture of her grandfather, Cajun fiddle hero Dewey Balfa. Her driving guitar and soulful vocals, as both a lead and harmony singer, are in demand throughout Cajun country and beyond. She has toured internationally since her teenage years. Together, they play music of their Appalachian and Cajun heritage, write and craft original songs. They bring audiences the kind of soulful connection that comes from family playing together with humour, trust, and love.