During the last days I have listened to a concert with blues singer Rita Chiarelli that was available as concert on demand at the CBC
(link no more valid)
Rita Chiarelli at the Empress Theatre
Rita Chiarelli uses her amazing 3-octave voice to belt, to croon and to tell stories. She’s won multiple Maple Blues awards, a Juno and in 2002 she won the CBC’s Great Canadian Blues Award.
She’s constantly touring and at this show at the historic Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod she ‘road tested’ some songs from her latest CD called Back To Blue.
- Rita Chiarelli – vocals, guitar
- John King – guitar
- Joseph Wright – mandolin
- Brian Kobayakawa – bass
On Ritas homepage I have found that she made some concerts and a CD with the The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra ( http://www.tbso.ca) last year. There is an interview that was made with her and the conductor of the orchestra last year, at the end of the interview you can hear one song that has been recorded as a demo for the tour.
Rita has spent several years in Italy and has also produced a CD with Italian songs. One track – Reginella – is available on Ritas myspace page, some other tracks are available on her homepage.
Rita Chiarelli has a great voice, she is a great blues singer – enjoy Rita Chiarelli and her music!
RITA CHIARELLI – I CAN CHANGE FOR YOU : Hornby Island Blues
May, 2007 Hornby Island ” …great people..the best..i’ll sum it up by saying simply “i left my heart on hornby island”… actually had a chance to ‘hang’ for a few days…it felt like years since i had some hang time..and let me tell you i am a great hanger.”
Rita Chiarelli – Number One in Canada
Rita Chiarelli was born in Hamilton Ontario to Italian /Canadian immigrant parents. At age fifteen Rita started performing her brand of music comprised of folk,blues, jazz and rock.
Find Rita: http://www.ritachiarelli.com
RAREARTH Jazz & Blues Festival: http://rarearthjazzandbluesfest.com/
Rita Chiarelli has performed all over the world, Italy where she spent several years, Switzerland, Germany and Austria to name a few.
In Canada Rita has performed coat to coast to appreciative fans (see video, this was at Rarearth Jazz and Blues Festival in Vernon BC Aug. 9, 09)
Rita Chiarelli has a JUNO win and four nominations, and has won multiple Maple Blues Awards, Canadian Folk Music, and Toronto Independent Music awards.
Arguably in my opinion Rita is my favourite female Canadian singer based on her voice, selection of songs, on stage presence and accessibility to fans.
Rita is the Best.
RITA CHIARELLI – THIS IS MY LIFE
Website with some videos and audio examples:
youtube channel Rita Chiarelli:
Rita Chiarelli did also take part in the Hornby Blues Odyssee concert – see my related post: