Rachelle Van Zanten

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May 31, 2006

Mid Hampshire Observer- May 31, 2006

"At the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas in March, she brought the house down at a showcase with twenty other acts. Playing the meanest slide guitar of the weekend, she came across like a mixture of Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin." by Oliver Gray

May 29, 2006

Orange Blossom Festival

The sun finally shone on Sunday. Until then it was super wet and cold but truly delicious music. My favorite new band is Big Bang from Norway I think. I was standing way over yonder and as soon as I heard the first notes from their instruments, I freaked out! So now I am all excited to use two Fender tube amps and link them to get a super huge, round guitar tone. Mmm. My other favorite band of the weekend was Gold Rush from Oxford. Very great tunes, layering, songwriting. They kept my attention. So had tons of fun and that is all for now.

May 26, 2006

Holzminden to Bremen...Scheisse Manelli

Got a lift to Holzminden to the Strubbel Peter where I performed for a full house. Very cool venue...old school, like 1800s kinda thing. It was fun playing to the students at LSH and for the beautiful locals. Because of the inspiring rythmn section at table 1 and 2, I was able to go onto a spiritual slide guitar tangent and take Arnhem to a place it had not previously gone. A big ruch of adrenalin I must say which is really why a keep doing this.
The next day, the extraordinairy Katja gave me a lift to the Breminale Festival in Bremen. I played to a full tent (450 people) and despite the amp problems, had a great time. Jason from the True Believers (Australia) joined me on the drums for Yah Yahs and gave the song a lift. Got to hang with David Goodman who rocked my rock n roll world. His guitar playing was out of control! Sold the rest of my CDs and have now placed an emergency order for more CDs so that I actually have some for the Langaneau Festival. SO really all is sooooo good and life really couldn´t be any better. I am now preparing for 3 days of the Orange Blossom Festival...here comes the sun.

May 25, 2006

May 25, 2006

Breminale Festival 2006
Bremin, Germany
www.breminale.de

Tonenburg - May 25, 2006

Welt umspannendes Doppel (3.30MB PDF Article)

TAH Holzminden- Mai 14, 2006

Und sie kommen immer gerne wieder...
...Rachelle van Zanten..., die mit ihrer warmen Stimme und ihrem virtuosen Spiel auf der Steelguitar auf einen wunderbaren Konzertabend einstimmte. Mal Blues, mal Folk, ein Hauch von Rock - diese junge Frau macht ehrliche, bodenständige Musik, die aus dem Herzen kommt und genau dort trifft. Es gibt nicht viele Frauen, die die Steelguitar wie sie beherrschen, daher liegen Vergleiche mit Michelle Shocked nicht fern...
Translation:
Rachelle van Zanten started off a wonderful concert evening with her warm voice and her virtuous performance on her steel guitar. Some blues, some folk and a touch of rock - this young woman plays honest, down to earth music which comes straight from the heart and that´s where it hits. There are not very many women around that can master the steel guitar like she can, therefore a comparison to Michelle Shocked is obvious.

Neue Westfaelische- Mai 13, 2006

Welt umspannendes Doppel
..Musikalisch war die Nachfahrin hollandisch Einwanderer die Uberraschung des Abends. Das erste Mal auf Deutschland-Tournee, stand die Kanadierin ganz allein auf der Buhne and spielte eine Blues-Gitarre, dass einem schwindig werden konnte... Auf der Buhne strahlt Rachelle van Zanten so viel Frische und Naturalich keit aus, dass man ihr ohne weitres zutraut, dass sie nach einen Konzert die Gitarre in die Ecke stellt, sich Gummistiefel anzieht und zum Kuhemelken in die Stall geht... by Von Burkhard Battran

May 24, 2006

May 24, 2006

Strubbelpeter
Holzminden
Germany

May 24, 2006

Strubbelpeter
Halbmondstr. 8
Holzminden
Germany

May 23, 2006

Todtnauberg, DE/ Himmel

So from Offenburg I went to Freiberg and then up a mountain in the Black Forest to Todtnauberg. Michael, bless his big heart, came to pick me up and take me to the heavens of the Schwarzwald. We ascended into thinner, fresher, colder air and once we made the summit, I beheld the beauty before me. Mountains, trees, snow, cows, dogs, kids, old people, solar panels... Christine, Michael, Julien, and Philip welcomed me into their home. That night I played the Kurhaus- a venue located in the tourist buro. Thank you Manfred for your sound gear and thank you to all the people who put on my show. The next morning was spent making a hike around the valley. Christine and I talked as best we could with my limited German and her limited English. She is a special person...so much love. Then it was time for the Todnau roller coaster. Up the mountain in a cable car and down the mountain in a single bobsled! It was so cool! I screamed like a girl. Then Harry let me take his brand new Mini Cooper for a drive up to Feldberg. It has 200 horse power and 6 gears. What faith he had. So once again I am on the road, or rather on the train, and am now hanging in Lindewera at Ruf Records. Tom is super cool. Tomorrow is a crazy show in Holzminden. Mattin... are you coming?

May 21, 2006

May 21, 2006

Kurhaus
Todtnauberg
Germany

Offenberg, DE

Lungs still heavy but heart happy. I am now down south in Offenberg which is near France. Had a great show with the Glen boyz at Spitalkellar. The audience was so appreciative and attentive and it really changed the whole mood of the show. Ate lamb on locally grown lettuce which made me happy too. Slept at this gorgeous hotel (Sonne Hotel) built in 1820. Like I said, this is hard to grasp! Had my favorite breakfast and drank lekker coffee. It changes how you begin the day! There is a world cup mountain bike race today. I wish i was in good enough shape to compete, but at the moment it is a challenge to walk up the hill! I have to run to catch my train to Freiburg. I am going mountain biking in Todtnau with a cute German boy.

May 20, 2006

May 20, 2006

Spitalkeller
Offenburg, Germany
www.361grad.de

May 19, 2006

Berlin and Extreme Fatigue

Goodmorning from somewhere in Berlin. I don´t know where. The cab driver took me home at 3 am to a far away place from the venue. There is a stack rising high into the sky from the Siemens Factory and I am inhaling thick smoke from some guys Turkish cigarettes while I type my thoughts. Oh and Mae Moore is playing on my Ipod. My lungs are getting heavier by the day from everyday life but I am taking it with good faith that this is important training for the future. Soon I will be breathing the sweet pure air of the south.
Played last night in a cute venue called the Gaslight Poetry Cafe. By the 4th song the floor was packed with an array of beautiful Berliners. The lead up to the show was quite an exciting one. My faithful Canadian musical compadres, Al and John Glen (Uisce Beatha) helped me cart a p.a. system and all my shit across Berlin via subways. They went to the "other side", taking on the role of tour managers and roadies. Without them the show would have been very quiet. Thanks guys. So I played 2 sets to a very active crowd while taking in some of Berlin´s finest beer. John played on a few tunes with his sweet mandolin. It felt just like the Rosebowl back at home- looking out into a thick fog of smoke as glasses clink, break. Now I am listening to ACDC 1977, Powerage, Gone Shooting. The mood is changing. Rock n roll. Yes, I do it for the love of rock n roll. Today I explore Berlin and then tomorrow I catch an early train to Offenburg where I wil be performing with the Glens. By Sunday I hope to have my normal skin color back. Oh, now Alejandro Escovedo... I am going south.

May 18, 2006

May 18, 2006

The Gaslight Poetry Cafe
Kopernikusstrasse 3
Berlin-Friedrichshain
Germany
Tel: 29 66 70 28

May 16, 2006

Back to Holzminden

Runter!= Down!
Setzt= Sit
Fuss!= Heel!
Bleib= Stay
I am learning all of the German dog commands very quickly due to a deer incident up on the hill yesterday. Luke decided to go running after a deer near the military base where dogs can be shot on the spot. Scheisse. He was in big doodoo. It is hard to speak german when you are flustered.
I had the most amazing night last night up at the local boarding school. Katja made a delicious Indian meal for Christina and I and then we headed over to the boys practice space for a jam. They played me a tune they had written which rocked my world. We then talked about open tunings along with slide technique. I got to meet Martin ,Elle amd Hagen. We jammed until 1 in the morning and then it was time for beddy by. Now I am preparing for my voyage to Berlin where I shall rock the Gaslight Poetry Cafe.
This part of Germany is truly outstanding with its old churches, schools, streets... By the way the barn where I played in Tonenburg was actually built in the 1700s not the 1900s. Sometimes it is hard for me to grasp.

May 14, 2006

FACTOR

Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records- Always making it possible for her to make music in all parts of the world.

May 13, 2006

May 13, 2006

Cafe Kreuzberg
Gottingen, Germany
w/ support act, Jan Sperhake

Gottingen, DE

Had a wonderful show in Cafe del Sol in the small town of Bad Salzuflen. The people were so into the music and polite and they inspired me to play the longest solo show ever. Thank you to Dirk and Olaf for the food, bed, gear, and new friendship. I felt truly charged after hanging with you guys! This afternoon Dirk, bless his busy heart, drove me to a nearby city so that I could catch my train to Gottingen. When I arrived there were 1000s of police everywhere. Apparently I just missed a demonstration between the Nationalist Party and the left wing. I couldn´t get a taxi so had to call the venue for an emergency lift! Scheisse. I wanted to know what was going on but the English was not so abundant. My shoulders ache from carrying all my gear from train to train but I will be much stonger by the time I reach Canada. Look out Chantal Vitalis. You are going down when it´s pillow fighting time!

May 12, 2006

May 12, 2006

Cafe del Sol
Bad Salzuflen
Germany

Bad Salzuflen, DE

Had a really fun show in Tonenburg last night. I was the support act for Carus and the True Believers from Australia. It was in a giant barn that was built in the early 1900s. Lit by candles and a few rock lights, about 250 people packed there way into the venue. I played stuff from the new album as well as PD album. The audience was beautiful and made me feel like a queen. I then caught a ride with the promoters for the next show in Bad Salzuflen and we wound are way on a narrow road through the countryside. I have never seen this side of Germany before. Overwhemingly beautiful and reminds me of Canada. Now I am being spoiled by the Derk and Olaf, the owners of Cafe del Sol. Ich bin so glucklick. I am finally sleeping the entire night and my body feels so much better. I must now go and find a Blues Junior amp for the show tonight.

May 11, 2006

May 11, 2006

Club Musik Holzminden
Tonenburg, Höxter-Albaxen
Germany
www.clubmusikholzminden.de
Supporting Carus Thompson and the True Believers (aus)

May 10, 2006

Holzminden, DE

THe CDs came and i have it in my hand right now! We had a special celebration last night with 3 other beautiful people and two dogs and lots of meat and a barbecue...oh and wine and beer. It looks amazing and feels great and smells good and life is good.
i had a lot of fun in Holland. It was great to see all of my close friends and smell the familiar smells and see the familiar sights. I really missed the streets and the markets and the people. Sorry Manfred for not having the time to kick your ass on the road bike, but i did teach Tommy a few songs on the guitar. In the fall we shall climb the big mountain of the Netherlands and I will let you draft me:)
Yesterday I took the train from Arnhem to Holzminden. It was absolutley beautiful! Mountains, rivers, churches, people, horses, cows. So spectacular. I was greeted by my tour manager/agent, christina, and then proceeded to experience the beauty of Holzminden. Very nice. I am now getting prepared for the show tonight with Carus and the True Believers from Australia. Should be fun and i actually have Cds to sell! Yay!

May 8, 2006

Nijmegan, Holland

It is super hot. I am in Nijmegan for the day enjoying the Dutch city life. The trip over was long and squished but my guitars survived and that's the main thing. I play in Arnhem right after landing for a benefit concert. The money went to Mobile Schools in South America. Heard some really killer bands right before me, including a band of teenagers that blew my rock mind. The drummer was killer and she was only 14 I think. I have a few more days off and then I go to Germany and begin the train hopping.

May 6, 2006

May 6, 2006

Spijkerrok
Kastanjelaan 39
Arnhem
The Netherlands

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