Beauty from a Muslim Daughters Oppression? Witness Phildel at Vancouver Folk Festival and in the US This July

By on June 27, 2013


Photo: Shervin Lainez

On the surface singer/songwriter Phildel may not appear to be a traditional folk artist. After all she creates beautiful soundscapes with piano and keyboards instead of an acoustic guitar. But one listen to her haunting otherworldly voice and intimate storytelling abilities (that recalls everyone from Loreena McKennitt, to Joan Baez and Enya) and you will discover the true essence of a folk artist. Phildel is a unique voice struggling to tell her story against oppression and seemingly insurmountable odds.

Phildel will be playing songs from her debut Decca Records release The Disappearance of the Girl alongside a varied group of musical innovators including The Waterboys, Natalie Maines, Louden Wainwright, Steve Earle & The Dukes,Kaki King and many others at Vancouver Folk Festival taking place in Jericho Beach Park from July 19-21. Phildel plays at 4:00 PM on Saturday, July 20. For more information on tickets and line-up, visit Phildel will also be announcing several upcoming exclusive engagements in the US for July. Visit for more information.

More on Phildel…Born of Frustration. Born of Restriction. Born of Inspiration. The Musical Journey of Phildel is truly unique. While most musicians grow up in homes full of music and encouragement, Phildel grew up in a place wrought with restriction. And silence. Her stepfather, a fundamentalist Muslim from Egypt, forbid music in her home growing up. Imagine a world with no CD player, no radio and no piano. Not exactly the nurturing environment one would expect such passion filled music to spring from. Phildel had to fulfill her desire to create in secret in the school’s practice room at lunchtime. There the seeds of her unique sound were sewn. The powerful archetypes in her lyrics also recall elements of her former life – in particular her stepfather (a wolf is featured, for example) – while her Irish mother’s inspiration lingers in recurrent images from Celtic folklore.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.