Ellen McIlwaine & Rachelle van Zanten
ST JAMES HALL i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
Two female slide guitarists and songstresses kick off a busy Rogue fall of concerts...
Ellen McIlwaine had an eclectic childhood playing music in Japan while growing up in an international community of families from India, Pakistan, the Middle East, China, Korea, Eastern and Western Europe - she was playing "World Music" before it was called World Music! She then went on to perform with many of the blues greats in the sixties.
A wild ride with the goddess of slide!
— Georgia Straight
She was playing World Music before it was called World Music
— Calgary Herald
Rachelle van Zanten has come a long way from her bluegrass upbringing in the foothills of northern British Columbia, recently recording a rock album with producer Joby Baker (Cowboy Junkies, Alex Cuba, The Weakerthans, Mae Moore) and world-renowned sound engineer, Tchad Blake.
CD of the Week: Amid the plethora of acceptable, polite singer-songwriter CDs that quickly dull the imagination, van Zanten cuts deeper to emerge as a more rounded personality. "Showerhead" is both bluesy and grimy, a sinewy guitar arriving at the front of the mix from a backdrop of distortion and van Zanten's soulful vocal...
— The Province