Rachelle Van Zanten

Rachelle Van Zanten

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March 30, 2007

Totnes, the Sister Town

THanks to my good friend 'L of E', I made it to the show in Totnes which is a small town in Devon. This is in the southwest of England, close to the sea. I was myspaced a month ago by the wonderful 'Colourful John' of Totnes who offered to put up a show at the Barrelhouse. Being a legally landed alien I couldn't resist. The landscape was beautiful with the highlight being the rolling hills with the dark forests. And the good people of Totnes were absolutely fab...thank you Polly for the love. I was so needing that! THanks to David for the killer sound system built by his very own hands. Thank you John for opening hte night with your wonderful music. So we enjoyed our brief stay in Totnes and then headed back to Glastonbury to prepare for a few rides through Somerset.

March 29, 2007

March 29, 2007

The Chattery
59 Uplands Crescent
Swansea, UK
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/thechattery

March 28, 2007

March 28, 2007

The Jericho Tavern
56 Walton St
Oxford, UK

March 25, 2007

March 25, 2007

The Barrelhouse
High Street
Totnes, Devon UK

March 22, 2007

Crusty Eggs in Swindon

That's right. You heard it. When I am in a new town, I like to try the delicacies. Here is happens to be a pickled egg, tossed into a bag of salt and vinegar crisps, crushed to death, and then eaten. It is a guarunteed good time as is the Snakebite which is actually illegal to serve so I won't go any further. The show in Swindon was great as usual. The people make it great and so do the staff. I was lucky to be backed my Brendan and Rob so my tunes were a little more filled out. Unfortunately for me, I was hit by a nasty fly during the show so had to hang on for dear life until it was over. I love Aspirin.
My weekend prior to Swindon was marevelous with the highlight being the show in Glastonbury with the Jesse Love Band.We played at the Assembly Rooms which are attached to the famous Abbey. The Glastonbury Abbey was established as a Benedictine monastery, under Beorthwald, its first Saxon abbot, during the years 670 to 678 AD. Prior to that time, it had existed, for many years, as a Celtic religious center. The Assembly Room where we played is a phi rectangle, and various dowsers have confirmed that the Earth Energies are there as well. So my music came from a slightly different place than perhaps the last pub I played if you know what I mean. The Jesse Love Band backed me for Got to Let Go and Take Me Right Back and gave me some funky beats. Their show funked and grooved as usual. They improve every time I see them which is the result of relentless hours spent in the rehearsal space. I am proud.

Making Music Webzine(UK)- March, 20 2007

Rachelle VanZanten is a charismatic Canadian accomplished performer - her first offering on CD which she is busy promoting across Europe and beyond really does not do her live act justice. The polished production of the studio gloss is replaced by her raw talent and edge on stage. A fine guitarist with more than enough panache with a slide is equalled only by her exquisite voice. The blend of her effortless vocal and superb guitar technique is born from over 250 live shows and her interaction with the local audience adds to her presence as a brilliant entertainer...
As a musician there are few better. Rachelle has a feeling and sympathy for both her instrument and her material and mixes them together perfectly. The title track of of CD is performed with mixture of clean and dirty vocal sounds and her array of open tunings for her guitar style added even more colour and texture to her sound. Read it!

March 20, 2007

March 20, 2007

The Beehive
55 Prospect Hill
Swindon, UK
www.bee-hive.co.uk

March 19, 2007

Cutting Edge Voices- March 2007

Check out full interview with Rachelle...www.cuttingedgevoices.com

March 17, 2007

March 17, 2007

The Assembly Rooms
High Street
Glastonbury, UK
w/ the Jesse Love Band

March 15, 2007

Kaviar in a tube

I am currently sucking caviar from a tube whilst updating my website. I miss Sweden but managed to bag a bunch of baby Kalles Kaviar from my hotel. Ahhh, the sweet taste of fish eggs in salt. The entry into the UK was stressful but later on proved to be painless. I am now a legally landed alien until September. I even bought a UK yoga mat, specifically to be used during my numerous days spent in this country. Last night, Hamish and I played Winchester at the Railway Inn. It was a blast as usual and I was glad to hear Owen Tromans again rip it up with his band. That boys got talent. I was also glad to see my regular Winchester fans along with a few from Charlbury! Wear your RVZ shirt with great pride. And Peter, I am glad you made it home on the M4 north to Bournemouth while driving your Mercedes. So jealous.
Today was very sunny so I took off on my bike and joined members of the Jesse Love Band for a very fast ride throughout the Somerset countryside. I am now completely dead and need a nap. I am hoping this caviar will kick in soon and give me the energy I need to carry on. See you at the Assembly Rooms in Glastonbury!

Arbetarbladet (Gavle, SE)- March 11, 2007

Rachelle van Zanten playes Slides Guitar in a way that, if it was a competition, no one would dare to go on stage after her...she sings about the world’s dirty water and about her best friend... in a way that is so convincing, so heavy, so cool, and sometimes so fragile. Read it!

March 14, 2007

March 14, 2007

The Railway
3 St. Pauls Hill
Winchester, UK
w/ special guest, Owen Tromans
www.myspace.com/therailway

March 10, 2007

March 10, 2007

HomeBrew Festival
Gavle, SE
w/ Wendy McNeill, Mikael Wiehe, and Ane Brun
www.gavlekonserthus.se

March 8, 2007

APPROVED!

I am coming back to the UK and it is all because of the help from good friends with good connections. It's not what you know. It is who you know and who they know and who they know. Anyhow, thank you Nick. I have been biding my time, watching Animal Planet, playing lots of guitar, Msning with Canada and Glastonbury, eating at a cheap Thai restaurant, and cheering for the UK football teams during the Champions League Games. And today I found out that my work permit has been approved and I can come back to the UK next week and make the rest of my March dates! Life is so good sometimes. So I am heading north to Stockholm to meet up with my compadre, Wendy McNeill, and we are travelling even farther north to play the Homebrew Festival. It is going to be so great and then I have a fun flight to England to look forward to. My bike is waiting for me in Glastonbury and I am so excited to put on 1000 km before I head out back on the road in April. I am finally feeling healthy again due to running each night and eating non road food. Wowsers. See soon England!

March 6, 2007

March 6, 2007

The Porter Cellar
14 George Street Bath
Bath, UK
www.moles.co.uk/porter/index.ihtml
Cancelled due to deportation...argh!

Muzic.se- March 4, 2007

With her special slide sound she becomes a bright star in folk rock heaven..like Joan Baez "RVZ" uses her music to spread her message..."Back to Francois" keeps growing the more you play it.. Read

March 4, 2007

March 4, 2007

Folk & Rock
Malmo, SE
2 pm live show

Rocking out to Deltahead in Sweden!

Mom! I am alive and legally landed in Sweden, my new favourite country. It was a HELL journey, lasting over 20 hours but I finally made it into Malmo where Toby, my faithful tour manager, was waiting. Yes, car to train to taxi to bus to immigration office to plane to bus to train to train to bus to Toby's. Did you follow that? And I am alive but a little shaky. The meeting with immigration at Stanstead went better than I thought and I had a great conversation with one of the dudes about being an up and coming musician in the UK. He even smiled once! So, the moral of the story is I may be back UK! I miss you and love you and am sorry I am going to miss the first four shows. BUT I am rescheduling.
I played my first show back in Sweden at the Folk & Rock in Malmo. It was great fun and I realized just how much I missed playing live. Even though the Swedes are notoriously reserved during live shows, this crowd had a fun energy. There was even a little toe tapping. I think it was the sunshine. So now I am on skype with Magnus in Barcelona and we are talking about the future and how bright it looks. Toby is watching Opra and now it is time to make a chick pea salad. Bíg smooch to you all and JOHN, please send me 'Stay Cool' so I can woodshed in between Swedish lessons. Hejda!

March 3, 2007

stanstead

hey...had an amazng week of zen in glastonbury! road my bike through the countryside with my compadre. i was thankful to be able to spend a little time here before being whisked off to sweden. time is ticking...gotta face the tiger:-)

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