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Hear “Lullaby for the Missing and Murdered Women”

Check out our report about what Canadian blues legend Dalannah is working on.

New single: “Lullaby for the Missing and Murdered Women”

Dalannah Gail Bowen, known as Dalannah, released the single on January 28, 2021. It has the structure of a folk song in waltz time, in a slow minor key.

According to a press release, it “acts as a tribute to the many, many Indigenous women of the world who have gone missing and/or lost their lives to violence”.

The cover art is a collage of 60 women reported missing:

Lullaby for the Missing and Murdered Women cover art


Dalannah has contributed to the Women’s Memorial March, held annually on February 14th in Vancouver, since at least 2010. Regarding this work, she said in a press release:

“The Lullaby for the Missing and Murdered Women’s March was created to honour the many women who have gone missing over the years.

AS [sic] part of the early work for the Missing and Murdered Women’s March, I had witnessed the devastation and the impact that this experience has had on the many communities, individuals and families and women.  It has been devastating and has heightened the witnessed injustice towards indigenous women..

Because it has been an ongoing tragedy, I felt that it was important to acknowledge and offer some comfort, with this song… to those left behind, their families and their friends.”

– Artist statement from Dalannah

Delivering the message of “Lullaby for the Missing and Murdered Women” continues her long history of such work.

Background

It also carries forward a four-decade career full of success in blues-based music, theatre, and storytelling.

The Manitoba Music Museum has an undated photo showcasing Dalannah as the vocalist in the Feminine Touch. According to Dalannah’s official bio, this band performed as support for the Monkees and The Guess Who.

More recently, she released the albums Mamma’s Got the Blues (2007), Them Menz (2012), and Looking Back (2019).

Dalannah is the Executive Director of the Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts in Vancouver. This society is located at 7 East Hastings Street.

Coming soon

Dalannah’s team stated to Rhythm Changes that she recently earned a commission, from the Firehall Theatre and Vancouver Moving Theatre.

The commissioned work will draw on her show called Dalannah Gail Bowen & Billie’s Blues: A Tribute to Billie Holiday. They will read the work in August 2021, aiming to present in October 2021 at the Heart of The City Festival.


Dalannah also performed recently at Winter Jazz in February 2021. She followed other acts like Gordon Grdina, Jamie Lee, and DJ Kookum with Missy D and Sierra Baker.

By Will Chernoff

William Ross Chernoff—known as Will to friends and colleagues—is a Canadian bassist, composer, entrepreneur, and writer. As jazz artist William Chernoff, he released his first album Aim to Stay in 2020.