Canadian-born folkie Darcie Deaville began busking in Toronto at age 16, relocating to Phoenix, Arizona during the mid-'80s; a virtuoso fiddler, she also excelled on the mandolin, and was the first woman (as well as the first Canadian) to compete in the National Flatpick Championships in Winfield, Kansas. (Other honors include a songwriting prize from the Kerrville New Folk festival.) After issuing her debut LP, Last Hitchhiker on the Lost Highway, in 1991, Deaville landed in Austin, Texas, later joining the local alt-country band the Meat Purveyors; in 1994, she also released Ways to Fly, a duet album with fellow singer/songwriter Jane Gillman. The solo Tornado in Slo-Mo followed in 1999, followed in the next ten years by two albums for Taller Dog, 2004's Plays the Fiddle and Sings and 2007's Livin' on the Lucky Side.
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