“Vulnerable, true to life songs” Vancouver Sun
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Connected by land, transformed by language, Diyet’s songs are natural, genuine, and a reminder to listen to the world around us. Diyet was born in a tent and spent her childhood on the ancestral lands of the Kluane First Nation people in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Coming from a family rooted in traditions but tempered with a good sense of adventurous hippie attitudes, Diyet has created a musical presence that is as diverse as her Southern Tutchone, Tlingit, Japanese and Scottish heritage.
Feeling the pull of the north – Diyet packed her bags and along with her Dutch husband, moved back to her village of 90 people without a plan or even a pub to play in. The result of this unlikely career move has been international collaborations, extensive touring and two acclaimed albums: The Breaking Point and When You Were King, with the third album: Diyet & The Love Soldiers released in 2018, which received nominations for Folk Album of the Year at The Indigenous Music Awards, Indigenous Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and Indigenous Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Diyet & The Love Soldiers is alternative country, folk, roots and traditional with catchy melodies and stories deeply rooted in Diyet’s Indigenous world view and northern life. Diyet sings in both English and Southern Tutchone, and performs backed by Love Soldiers: husband and collaborator, Robert van Lieshout (acoustic guitar, drums and percussion) and Juno award-winning producer, Bob Hamilton (electric guitar, pedal steel and mandolin); this multi-instrumental trio from the Yukon has a sound that can fill a big stage or capture an intimate room.