The blues duo Dalannah and Owen are bringing their Vancouver Island tour to the Valley on Sunday, Oct. 16 with an appearance at the Duncan Showroom.
Their latest release, entitled “Been Around A While” has been getting great reviews.
They’re an unusual pairing.
Dalannah Gail Bowen is a 70-year-old African-Canadian/Cherokee who has been singing blues, jazz and gospel for 50 years.
Owen Owen Owen, 47, also Canadian, is a jazz and classically-trained bassist who has been playing for decades.
With a combined 90 years of musical knowledge between them, this unlikely duo came together one week before the 7th Annual White Rock Blues Society (Regional) International Blues Challenge for British Columbia in 2014.
They practised twice during this time and won the right to compete in the blues hotbed of Memphis in 2015, where they manged to become the first act from B.C. to make the finals.
They were delighted, since that event brings together some 125 solo/duo acts from around the world. Shortly thereafter the duo were honoured in the Blues Hall of Fame as Master Blues Artists.
Tickets are $18 in advance from the Duncan Showroom, or $20 at the door.