http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkJPKt6bzaM). Ellen would relocate to Canada permanently in 1987 and today, still lives in Calgary, Alberta and is still touring. She was nominated by the Toronto Blues Society in 2011 for a Lifetime Achievement Award but lost out to Paul James (see blog 12/2/11). You can follow her at http://www.ellenmcilwaine.com/. I discovered her music very late and was obviously blown away by what I heard. You can check out some blazing tunes from her first couple of releases on a compilation entitled, Up From The Skies, which is available on Itunes. Tunes like "We The People", "Sliding", "Can't Find My Way Home" and "Farther Along", will blow your mind. She has a number of covers in her song list but I can assure you that they are all very inventive. The album, The Real Ellen McIlwaine, was re-released as a combo with her 1982 album, Everybody Needs It, on Stony Plain Records. That album is available on Itunes as well and it includes the song, Higher Ground. Thanks for reading and enjoy!