Dalannah Gail Bowen

Dalannah BowenDalannah Gail Bowen has been a vocalist for forty years. Her life as a musician started in 1965 when she worked for the great Frank Wiener who operated the well-known Hungry Eye in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The all-girl band, The Feminine Touch, worked the circuit and had their first big gig after just three months opening for The Monkees. They were the opening act, on many occasions, for The Guess Who and toured Canada and the United States.

A year later Dalannah, then know as Gail, went on the road with the Colored Rain and ended up in Edmonton where the band worked the club scene with such groups as Papa Bear’s Medicine Show, Black Snake Blues Band, The Privilege, Taj Mahal and a newly-formed band out of England called Led Zeppelin. It was a great time to be a musician.

In 1976, Dalannah came to Vancouver where her special style of blues and jazz were well received. Performances included venues like The Cave, The Commodore, Oil Can Harry’s and Rohan’s. In 1977, working with the late Gary Switlo, Paul Hovan and Betty Chabba, Dalannah was part of a project called “Ladies In Lights” which profiled women in music. This event was the first television/radio simulcast in Vancouver history. This event also had another aspect. It was a benefit for The Children’s Christmas Stocking Fund.

The impact on Dalannah was immediate and since then she has dedicated her life to addressing social issues through music. For 25 years, Dalannah has created & produced musical signature events that raise funds for charitable organizations. Socials issues such as anti-apartheid, poverty, health, childrens needs, the aboriginal elders and people in need have all benefited from funds raised by Dalannah through musical endeavors. Dalannah has had the opportunity to work with musical greats such as Freddie Hubbard, BB King, Lenny Breau, Rev Gary Davis and many more.

Dalannah Gail Bowen has received an honorary Juno for her work, an International Women’s Day Award and many other acknowledgements. In 2005, The Yale Hotel honored her with a reception honouring her community work as a musical activist. Dalannah was a recent nominee for the prestigious Minerva Foundation’s 2007 “Women In Music” award.