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Dina Hall’s “Firefly” album takes flight in Bethlehem Rose Garden

Dina Hall is well-known in the Lehigh Valley as a solo performer and for her Dina Hall Band.

She hopes to become better known, reaching out to Delaware, Philadelphia and other areas, with her new album “Firefly.”

The Dina Hall Band performs in the “Live in the Garden!” concert series, May 18, Bethlehem Rose Garden.

“Firefly” is Hall’s second studio album, after 2011’s “Logic and the Heart.” Her other album is “Live! Bootleg,” which combines a tribute to Emmylou Harris with solo, duo and live band performances.

“Firefly,” recorded at Red Rock Studios, Saylorsburg, Monroe County, has intricate production, with some tracks having four guitars. Compared to “Logic,” she says the album has “more instrumental voices and more sparkle, with some little special touches. It has been mastered for broadcast quality.

“We were very careful with the arrangements. We did the rhythm tracks first and added everything else one track at a time,” she says during an interview in a coffee shop in downtown Bethlehem.

Musicians on “Firefly” include members of Hall’s band: Andy Killcoyne, guitar; Nick Franclik, bass; Todd Schied, drums, and Rameen Shayegan, mandolin, guitar and vocals.

About 80 percent of Hall’s concerts are solo, with her on vocals and acoustic guitar.

It’s her second time performing in the Rose Garden. This year will be her 16th year at Musikfest.

Hall describes her music as “Americana with folk and classic rock influences.”

She prefers attentive audiences as her lyrics are intricate and meaningful:

“People often come to me afterwards. If they can hear the lyrics, I can make a connection.

“The audiences cross all types of age, gender and culture.”

Along with her own songs, in performance she covers songs by Nancy Griffith, Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan. Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac.

One song from her new album is “Fireflies” (plural, unlike the album title). Says Hall:

“It is essentially written as a note of forgiveness to one’s younger self. It recognizes that you did the best you could with what you know and what you had.

“Fireflies are a symbol of hope and a renewal every summer. It brings us back to our childhood.”

Another song from “Firefly” is “Hero.”

“It came to me in a dream,” she says, “about someone I hadn’t seen in a long time, involving running through a dark house and up and down stairs.”

The lyrics begin “Shadows come in the morning light/I saw your face and it didn’t look right.”

Hall is a self-employed graphic designer. She is a host of public radio WDIY’s “Unlimited Possibilities” folk music show. She was host of “Songwriters in the Round” concerts last year at Bethlehem’s Charles A. Brown IceHouse.

Much of her time is spent in support of Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley, an agency to help victims of domestic and intimate partner abuse. Hall says, “The women there have inspired the drive behind doing what I do.”

For a time she worked at the retail location of Back Door Bakeshop, which is now a wholesale operation. You can find Hall selling its baked goods at the Bethlehem Rose Garden Farmers Market and the Saucon Valley Farmers Market.

Hall began playing guitar when she was 15. She began performing in the Poconos and moved to the Lehigh Valley in 2000. She and her wife Gail, who live in Bethlehem, have four children and four grandchildren.

Proceeds from sales of the album and “Firefly” T-shirts go toward the The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, which is working to preserve the dwindling firefly population. A link to the society is at Hall’s webpage: www.dinahall.com

Dina Hall Band, with opening performer, Pently Holmes, 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 18, Bethlehem Rose Garden, 8th Avenue and Union Boulevard, Bethlehem

“Live in the Garden!” is sponsored by the City of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, Tape Swap Radio and Zoellner Arts Center.

The free concert series, in addition to May 4, 11 and 18 concerts, includes:

May 25, Life After Dead

June 1, Dear Misty, Glass Mask

June 8, Wyatt Davidick, The George HraBand

June 15, Slingshot Dakota, Small Mess

June 22, Brother JT, Real West