A Bit of History
Although not formed as a record label until 2007, the folks at Quest Records have been involved in the Canadian music scene promoting, presenting and performing in live shows since the late 1960‘s. It was through this involvement that we found the opportunity to record some of the performers we had worked with over the years.
The record company began with a re-issue of Dalannah Gail Bowen’s jazz influenced “I Just Want To Talk To You” in late 2007 and that CD was followed in early 2008 by Dalannah’s most successful release to date, “Mamma’s Got The Blues”. In 2009 Jim Foster and Paul Hovan traveled to Ojai, California and the Mastering Lab, to put the finishing touches on Jim’s new album ”Lone Bird”. In the fall of 2009, Quest released new singles from Jim Foster and Dalannah Gail Bowen.
In January 2010 Dalannah and her band Straight Up performed at the Maple Blues Festival in Toronto, Ontario gathering new fans in the east before dropping in on Winnipeg for a dramatic performance at The Forks, celebrating National Aboriginal Day. Our 2010 release schedule included new material from Dalannah Gail Bowen as well as the long anticipated release from Jim Foster, “Lone Bird”.
In October 2011, Quest released a limited edition version of Robbie Steininger’s first solo CD. This primarily instrumental album saw a wider release in the summer of 2012.
In late 2011 Dalannah finished her recording sessions with Steve Dawson and delivered an album of new original tunes including this track recorded with The Sojourners, “Who’s Foolin’ Who?”. The CD titled, “Them Menz” featured several original songs by Dalannah and was released in the fall of 2012.
In early 2013, Quest released Jim Foster’s “A Sailor’s Advice”, a series of songs recorded on his smart phone. Comprised of single take live recordings, the songs had a vibrancy not often captured with a recording.
Fast forward to Fall of 2014 and Dalannah teams up with bassist Owen Veber and records "Been Around a While", one of the most unique Blues albums to be released in years. Performing as a Bass and Vocal duo Dalannah and Owen perform throughout the year in Canada and the US. The CD gets a second printing in the summer of 2015 and is selected by Downbeat magazine as one of the best albums of 2015.
Jim Foster also released a new CD in early 2015; titled 6 Foot Ladder. The CD featured the single, Radio On which received airplay in both the the US and Canada.
Dalannah and Owen
A note for Vancouver and Sunshine Coast fans.
Jim is performing this year at the
Pender Harbour Blues Festival, June 2-4, 2017.