June 29, 2006
Ye Ole Church
$10 tix available at Mountain Eagle Books
8 pm show
Ye Ole Church
$10 tix available at Mountain Eagle Books
8 pm show
My short stay in Victoria was ideal. A great time was had by all and I left feeling inspired. I LOVE playing with Joby! We did the Solstice show together, just drums and git, and I loved every moment and every note.
So now I have just driven north 1000 + km up highway 97 and am about to head even further to practice with a new rhythm section from Smithers for the up and coming shows. My van didn't miss a beat and my new tires were so fast and stable. Wow, I never thought that I would come to a point in my life where new, 6-ply, x-country tires turn me on. Times they are a changin'. Tomorrow I do an interview for Guitar Player Magazine and then the chiropractor is coming to crack my horses' back. Ruby isn't doing so well. After the mud hole incident, her tendons were so pulled and strained that her stride length was halved. Time will tell I think. I think there is a mouse in my bedroom so I gotsa go and use my bush skills to take care of the problem. Thank you BVLD Radio for playing my music. I heard the great vibrations today.... Yah yah.
The Solstice Cafe
$10 for the show. Starts at 7:30PM!!!
I think I may have experienced and been involved in one of the coolest shows ever! Sylvia Tyson,
Oh Susanna, Laura Freeman, Caitlin Hanford, Alex Pangman, Tannis Slimmon, me, Suzie Vinnick, and Chantal Vitalis. It was such a great show with such diversity in music. I was so lucky to feel well enough to perform... thank you Jagermeister. The true highlight came when I got to play slide guitar for Sylvia Tyson while she sung Four Strong Winds, Summer Wages and River Road. And on the keys was Joan from Prairie Oyster! I will NEVER forget this night as long as I live! The Led Zep covers went over well too and I tried really hard to keep a straight face while singing "Squeeze my lemon til the juice runs down my leg" but could not after Chantal made some noises with her mouth.
I was so tired after the show and managed to sleep for 8 hours before our matinee show at The Drake the next day. Today I had the opportunity to play with Chantal, Andrea, and Jenn Baeupre from Drumheller. thank you Georgelaine for the show! This was my last show on the LONG tour and now I can hang up my hat for a short while. I fly home to B.C. on monday and it truly coudn't come soon enough! I am so excited to see the Pacific again.
1150 Queen St. W
matinee show- 2 pm
Last night was the first night ever I missed a show due to illness. In my 11 year career I sucked it up through thick and thin but sometimes you just have to be smart. So i stayed in bed and watched CBC movies while going over Led Zeppelin guitar riffs with my eyes closed. Hmmm, quite a talent I am aren't I?
The Boathouse in Kitchener was a fun show and I LOVE KEVIN who is the talent buyer there. HE CARES ABOUT MUSIC AND HE CARES ABOUT ARTISTS! This is getting more and more rare and when I see a man like him making great posters, renting me the biggest amp ever, feeding us, and finding us a cheap hotel, I tear up. thanks Kevin... you are the bestest ever. For you German boys reading...this is BAD ENGLISH! BAD! Don't use this as a reference for practicing your English skills okay Elle?
So now to the present. I am currently getting ready, along with Chantal and Andrea, for our voyage to Toronto. We are playing at Hughes Room tonight and Chant and I get to play with Sylvia Tyson!!!!! Yay! I have to go now and find some tight polyester pants with roses or sparkles on the side. Look out TO! Oh, and I just want to say that without my manager Theresa, I would be lost and I love her and when I see her at the airport she is getting the best noogie ever.
"While there are plenty of good female singer-songwriters around in Canada right now, few have the guitar playing chops that van Zanten possesses. She draws frequent comparisons to Bonnie Raitt, but also some of the the big boys like Jimmy Page and Little Feat's Lowell George." by Jason Schneider
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"Girls do Boys"
Sylvia Tyson does Ian Tyson
Oh Susanna does The Rolling Stones
Laura Freeman does Willie Nelson
Caitlin Hanford does Chris Whiteley
Alex Pangman does Bing Crosby
Tannis Slimmon does Leonard Cohen
Rachelle van Zanten does Led Zeppelin
Suzie Vinnick does Chris Whitley
Chantal Vitalis does Kris Demeanor
38 King William
8 pm show w/ Andrea Revel & Chantal Vitalis
I am sitting here with my guitar learning "In My Time of Dying" for the friday show in Toronto. I must cover two Led Zep songs and so I choose this one and "Travelling Riverside Blues". Great slide tunes. The lyrics? Alot of lemon squeezing.
Myself, Andrea Revel, and Chantal Vitalis have been on the road in Canada since thursday. The shows have been going alright but I must say i enjoyed being exotic while i did my time in Europe. I miss all of my new friends and the noises and smells and the food and animals. It's all good though. I will be back before I know it. I finally got sick and so am now overdosing on garlic and green things.
Tonight I play at the Old Time Country Club with Uncle John where we are playing songs from pre 1965. Really looking forward to it. I was raised on this stuff so it resonates in me. I believe I will be doing Faded Love. Tomorrow it's back to woodshedding Led Zeppelin and then we head to Kitchener for a show at the Boathouse. Good times. Miss you Martin, Elle, Katja, Hagen, Christina, Immylou, Christine, Olaf, Derk, The Glen's and Denke an euch immer. Did I write that correctly?
So in WInchester my taxi took me to the bus station and not the train station so I missed my train to the airport. ANd then I got another cab to the train station and caught a train to Gatwick. The line at the airport for checking in was 2 hours long so I waited that long to get my seat. Then my seat was not there so I almost cried but the lady was nice and gave me a seat anyways. Then I flew to Ottawa and CHantal picked me up to take me to the show in Wakefield, PQ and I thought I would die but I didn't. We played a great show and then collapsed upstairs. I coudln't sleep because of a sore throat so spent 8 hours looking at the EXIT sign. Then we drove to Perth and had a kick ass show at O'Reilly's and Sue FOley got up and played two tunes with me. I was so happy that I jumped around and squealed like a girl. ANd I can't wait to tour with her in 2007. And now I am getting ready to leave for Montreal. I think I may sleep for 2 days there. Thank you Perth.
Oh and I miss you Europe. That was the best tour I have ever had. I LOVE YOU ALL.
The Yellow Door
w/ Chantal Vitalis and Andrea Revel
43 Gore Street East
w/ Andrea Revel & Chantal Vitalis
The Black Sheep Inn
673 Riverside Drive
Rachelle and Chantal Vitalis
So I had an amazing time in Glastonbury and can not wait to go back. I also had a super fab show in Winchester last night. I played the Railway Inn thanks to Oliver who set it up for me. Thank you to all of my new fans....you were all so cute! And yes, I will be back. And thank you to Mick and Giles for coming all the way to see the show!
THEN the smit hit the fan when I suddenly relaized my flight was for that morning that had already passed!!!! So my heart skipped a beat and I thought NO I have never done this before. It is the result of too much on the go and not enough brain power. So I rebooked my flight and now I am poor again but am supposed to be landing in Canada on the right day. However according to ZOOM I am not booked for the flight even though the payment went through. So the moral of the story is that I may be at my show in Wakefield or I may be on the streets of London trying to get a job! Scheisse. Sometimes I could just go back to farming...but I won't. Perhaps I will rely on someone with more brain power than me who gets more sleep than I. It's all good and I LOVE Winchester and all the people. They were incredible at my show last night. I felt very charged afterwards and sold the rest of my CDs. So with the money I was going to buy a Mini Cooper with 200 horsepower but instead I am going to fly with Zoom. Mom, I miss you and don't worry. i will get home eventually.
3 St. Pauls Hill
Ph: 01962 867795
8.30 Owen Tromans
9.15 Jason McNiff
10.00 Rachelle van Zanten
Rachelle Van Zanten - Who is she? Another talented Albertan singer and guitarist at home with rootsy slide stomps and delicate picking that's who. Promoter Oliver saw her set at SXSW recently and persuaded her to fit his SXSC version in on the way home from her Holland and Germany tour. He was impressed, he wasn't wrong. My first sighting was a girl in the pub toting a huge pack back holding a toothbrush. 3 hours later she was stomping her way through a fantastic set of grinding slide riffs on songs like Take Me Right Back and her "German pop hit" the rootsy wordless Yah Yahs laced with impressive delicate fretwork on tunes like The Cracks, Rusty Boy and Dirty Water. Rachelle mentioned missing her band, but built up a considerable rhythm solo. A fine singer and an engaging, likable stage presence, happy to banter and discuss touring delights: cycling in Germany, arriving at a train station to find a Nazi riot in progress, Druids in Glastonbury and Oliver's big rented amp only being on 1 and 11 probably resulting in her death by feedback. Did she really just tour Europe carrying a backpack, 2 guitars and a box of CDs on planes, trains and buses? She's clearly doing things her way. She needed that box of CDs too - quite a queue at the end. She say's she’ll be back with the band soon, really, don't miss her, she's great, she's gonna need more CDs!
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So I woke from my three hour sleep and caught a taxi to the Hamburg airport at 6 am. Caught my flight to Hethrow and then proceeded to the customs line which took 1 1/2 hours. I then found my luggage, hopped a bus to Bristol and found John on the street waiting for me. It was a crazy morning but I found John. We then drove, thanks to good friend Liddy, to Glastonbury and I was once again blown away by all of the beautiful scenery. My first sight of Glastonbury was the Torr, a little mountain with a ruin at the top. So I found my adopted family, John, Jaki, Di, Liz, Liddy, and Wil, Stephen, Laurence, oh and many more and then proceeded with sound check at the Phoenix. John set up a mic that sounded like a radio as well as a regular clean mic which really inspired some weird stuff. I played 1 1/2 hour set and then had the priveledge of having Will, John, and Laurence jam on Got to Let Go. The usually 3 minute song turned into 20 minutes and a new story! I was so happy! And then I was accosted by a polish woman. Don't know why. She said she was a hermit.
Today was a day off and so far we have climbed the Torr, had perfumes made after 1 hour of interrogation from Osha, had wonderful lattes at the cool coffee hangout, and now it's off to a jam at the Phoenix. Tomorrow John and i make our way to Winchester.
#1 King Street
Supporting Richmond Fontaine
Supporting Richmond Fontaine, The Great Crusades
SO I leave in 2 hours for the next show and my CDs are locked away in customs. Scheisse! So now I have to go find the customs office and speak really sweet, innocent German to Mr. Customs. Once I have attained those CDs I am off to the train station heading south to Langenau. And my good friend and talented publicist, Immylou Coalminer, will be meeting me in Gottingen. Tonight I open forThe Great Crusades from the USA and follow Richmond Fontaine from Portland, OR USA. Both these are great and very loud. Tonight I shall go to 11. Okay, must find the customs man now.