NYE – Tix Nearly Gone, Get Here. AU Dates Announced


Second Hand New Year’s: AV, Amber Bissonnette, and James Murdoch Band Play Rumours Album

Tickets are nearly gone folks– can only get them at the Haven Social Club and at Ticketmaster (direct event link below). So, do not delay!

Here’s the info about the gig:

This New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, the James Murdoch Band will be teaming up with Ann Vriend and Amber Bissonnette to perform, in full, the iconic album, “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac. James will be singing Lindsay Buckingham’s parts, Ann will sing Christine McVie’s parts and play keys, and Amber will sing Stevie Nick’s parts. Add to that the killer instrumentation of the full James Murdoch band: Nathan Carroll on guitar, Scott Gallant (also of the Faunts) on bass, Chris Budnarchuk on drums, and David Aide on organ and additional keys — and you have a pretty awesome line-up of professional well-known Edmonton performers! This idea originated with James Murdoch, who says: “This is not a cheesy tribute band type thing, we simply all love these incredible songs and want to play them. All of them!” In addition to the Rumours album the above line up will also play other covers of the 70s era to complete a full evening of great music. Tickets are $25 advance and $30 at the door, which includes hors d’oeuvres served throughout the evening and a glass of champagne for each guest.


Edmonton Journal Article about the Show

Did I mention I get to be Christine McVie???!


Australia Tour Dates Announced

Good’ay Mates! As promised, here’s my tour itinerary for the Australian release of my new album, “Closer Encounters”. A few more dates may be added but this is mostly it. Look forward to seeing you all again!
And, you can mail order the album from within Australia via the link below.

ADELAIDE Date: March 3, 2010 Venue: Speigeltent, Adelaide Fringe – http://www.spiegeltent.net/ Address: Adelaide, SA, AU Description: double bill with Emily Smart & The Clever Girls, 7:00 pm show

ADELAIDE Date: March 4, 2010 Venue: Grace Emily Hotel – http://www.myspace.com/graceemilyhotel Address: 232 Waymouth St., Adelaide, SA 5000, AU Description: solo

VICTORIA Date: March 6 & 7, 2010 Venue: Burke & Wills Festival – http://www.wineandmusic.net/B&W_festival.html Address: Burke & Wills Winery, 3155 Burke & Wills Track, Mia Mia, Melway 609 G6, VicRoads Country Directory 60 B2, VIC, AU Description: solo

VICTORIA Date: March 7, 2010 Venue: Hickinbotham Winery – http://www.hickinbotham.biz/ Address: 194 Nepean Hwy, Dromana, VIC 3936, AU Description: solo, 1:30 pm show

VICTORIA Date: March 10, 2010 Venue: Clifton Hills Hotel – http://www.cliftonhillhotel.com/ Address: 89 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill 3068, VIC, AU Description: solo

VICTORIA Date: March 13, 2010 Venue: Harmony Row Vineyard – http://www.harmonyrow.com.au/ Address: 362 Pipers Creek, Pastoria Rd., Pastoria, VIC 3444, AU Description: double bill with Emma Wall

MELBOURNE Date: March 14, 2010 Venue: The Union Hotel – http://theunion.com.au/ Address: 41 Victoria St., Nhill, VIC, AU Description: double bill with Jed Rowe

MELBOURNE (NORTHCOTE) Date: March 17, 2010 Venue: Wesley Anne – http://www.wesleyanne.com.au/ Address: 250 High St., Northcote, VIC 3070, AU Description: triple bill with Kel Day and The Neverbells

VICTORIA Date: March 19 – 21, 2010 Venue: Yackandandah Folk Festival – http://folkfestival.yackandandah.com/ Address: Yackandandah, VIC 3749, AU Description: solo

MELBOURNE Date: March 24, 2010 Venue: The Drunken Poet – http://www.myspace.com/drunkenpoets Address: 65 Peel St., West Melbourne, VIC 3003, AU Description: solo, 8:00 pm show

MELBOURNE (NORTH) Date: March 25, 2010 Venue: The Edinburgh Castle Hotel – http://www.thecastlehotel.com.au/main.html Address: 55 Courtney St., North Melbourne, VIC 3051, AU Description: triple bill with Tash Parker and Lydia Phillips

MELBOURNE (NORTHCOTE) Date: March 26, 2010 Venue: Bar Nancy – http://www.myspace.com/barnancysundaysongs Address: 61 High St., Northcote, VIC 3070, AU Description: solo

MELBOURNE Date: March 30, 2010 Venue: The Glasshouse Hotel – http://www.glass-house.com.au/ Address: 51 Gipps St., Collingwood, VIC 3066, AU Description: Play Like A Girl, 7:30 pm show

VICTORIA Date: April 2, 2010 Venue: The Selby Folk Club – http://www.home.aone.net.au/~selbyfolkclub/index.htm Address: Selby Community House, Wombalana Rd., Selby, VIC 3788, AU Description: solo

VICTORIA Date: April 3, 2010 Venue: The Palais – http://www.thepalais.com.au/ Address: 111 Main Rd., Hepburn Springs, VIC 3461, AU Description: triple bill with The Baker Suite and Emma Wall

MELBOURNE (FITZROY) Date: April 4, 2010 Venue: The Empress – http://www.theempresshotel.com.au/ Address: 714 Nicholson St., Fitzroy North, VIC 3068, AU Description: triple bill with Jolene Moran and Emily Smart & The Baker Suite

HOBART Date: April 6, 2010 Venue: The Republic Bar – http://www.republicbar.com/ Address: 299 Elizabeth St., North Hobart, TAS 7000, AU Description: double bill with James Parry

TASMANIA Date: April 8, 2010 Venue: Brookfield Vineyard – http://www.brookfieldvineyard.com/ Address: 1640 Channel Hwy, Margate, TAS 7054, AU Description: double bill with Rosie Burgess, 8:00 pm show

TASMANIA Date: April 10, 2010 Venue: The Stage Door Café – http://www.myspace.com/stagedoorcafe Address: 254 Mount St., Upper Burnie, TAS 7320, AU Description: double bill with James Parry

HOBART Date: April 11, 2010 Venue: The Alley Cat Bar – http://www.myspace.com/thealleycatbar Address: 381 Elizabeth St. North, Hobart, TAS 7000, AU Description: solo

SYDNEY Date: April 13, 2010 Venue: The Raval – http://www.raval.com.au/ Address: Level 1, 42 Wentworth Ave., Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW 2010, AU Description: triple bill with Melanie Horsnell Band and Jason Walker

BULLI (WOLLONGONG AREA) Date: April 14, 2010 Venue: Woona School of Arts Address: Sydney, NSW, AU Description: solo

KATOOMBA Date: April 15, 2010 Venue: The Clarendon Guesthouse – http://www.clarendonguesthouse.com.au/ Address: 68 Lurline St., Katoomba, NSW 2780, AU Description: triple bill with Melanie Horsnell Band and Jason Walker

TOOWOOMBA Date: April 16, 2010 Venue: Bon Amici Café – http://www.myspace.com/bonamicicafe Address: 191 Margaret St., Toowoomba, QLD 4350, AU Description: double bill with Brianna Carpenter

BRISBANE Date: April 17, 2010 Venue: Queen Street Mall (and Brisbane Jazz Club) – http://www.queenstreetmall.com/ Address: 12/15 Adelaide St., Brisbane, QLD 4000, AU Description: duo

BRISBANE Date: April 20, 2010 Venue: Ric’s Bar – http://www.ricsbar.com.au/ Address: 321 Brunswick St., Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006, AU Description: double bill with Eleanor Angel, 9:00 pm show

VICTORIA Date: April 23 – 25, 2010 Venue: Mount Beauty Music Festival – http://www.musicmuster.org.au/ Address: Beauty Ave., Mount Beauty, VIC 2699, AU Description: solo

MACKAY Date: April 30 – May 3, 2010 Venue: Wintermoon Folk Festival – http://www.wintermoonfestival.com/ Address: Brodies Road, Camerons Pocket via Calen, QLD 4798, AU Description: solo


Vancouver – Ottawa Tour (expanded “Little House Concert on the Prairies” Tour)

This all began with some people in Stony Plain inviting me to perform a house concert out at their log cabin in Stony Plain at the end of January (can’t wait!). Other house concerts in the area got added, and then my bass player (a.k.a. Agent Many Trees) told me he was going to need to get himself and his car from Vancouver to Toronto, and I got this idea that it would be great to use that opportunity to do some house concerts with him along the way, at least for the prairies portion of his trip.

So, I came up with the name “Little House Concert on the Prairies Tour”, which I was quite proud of.

However, the tour has expanded in both western and eastern directions to include places that simply are not on the prairies. So, the name is not really that accurate anymore.

But humor me, isn’t that still a great name? My parents read me the Laura Ingalls Wilder books when I was a kid, nostalgia, you know?

The weather, on the other hand…. let’s just say I came up with this idea BEFORE the very cold weather hit here in Edmonton, and before my own car broke down on the side of the highway a couple of weeks ago in – 28 degree weather (which led to some bizarre albeit happy rescue adventures), but which initially brought on a brief moment of panic, as neither myself nor Agent Many Trees were very prepared to sit in a cold car on the side of the highway all nite…. (not to mention we were supposed to be at a show in an hour).

Anyway, here are the “Expanded Little House Concert on the Prairies Tour Dates”. I am really looking forward to this! Please note: Agent Many Trees’ car is much more reliable than the very old AV tour mobile, so I do think we will arrive sans need for rescue– though you never know, I do seem to attract unwanted adventures…

Places we are still looking for shows (in case you feel like being a house concert host!):

Calgary area– Jan 23 Kingston or Perth– Feb 12 Toronto– Feb 9, 12, 13, or 14 Guelph– Feb 9, 12, 13, or 14 Hamilton– Feb 9, 12, 13, or 14
Confirmed dates:

VANCOUVER Date: January 17, 2010 Venue: The Railway Club Address: 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC CAN V6B 1Y4 (604) 681-1625 Description: Double bill with Kate Reid – http://www.katereid.net – doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, tickets $10

ROSSLAND (KOOTNENAYS) Date: January 20, 2010 Venue: Old Fire Hall – http://www.oldfirehall.ca Address: 2115 Queen Street, Rossland, BC, CAN Description: with bassist; tickets and start time TBA

CROWSNEST PASS Date: January 21, 2010 Venue: TBA Address: Crownest Pass, AB, CAN Description: with bassist

LETHBRIDGE Date: January 22, 2010 Venue: House concert Address: Lethbridge, AB, CAN Description: with bassist; contact booking@annvriend.com for details and map or call Judy at 403 328 8126. Doors 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm start, $15 at the door. BYOB event.

HINTON Date: January 24, 2010 Venue: TBA Address: Hinton, AB, CAN Description: with bassist, fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, details TBA

STONY PLAIN (JUST WEST OF EDMONTON) Date: January 30, 2010 Venue: Dawn and Kev’s Log Cabin (House Concert) Address: Stony Plain, AB, CAN Description: with bassist, 8 pm, call or email Kevin for directions, 780 884 2372, solitude@xplornet.com, tix $20

SASKATOON Date: January 31, 2010 Venue: House concert Address: Saskatoon, SK, CAN Description: with bassist; for more details contact Gillian by email at gillians@sasktel.net or call 306-382-5714

YORKTON Date: February 1, 2010 Venue: House Concert (at B & B) Address: Yorkton, SK, CAN Description: with bassist, details TBA

WEYBURN (JUST SOUTHWEST OF REGINA) Date: February 2, 2010 Venue: Pump Jack’s Address: Weyburn, SK, CAN Description: with bassist

MORDEN (SOUTH OF BRANDON) Date: February 3, 2010 Venue: House Concert Address: Morden, MB, CAN Description: with bassist, details TBA

WINNIPEG Date: February 4, 2010 Venue: The Cyrk – http://www.thecyrk.ca – House concert Address: Winnipeg, MB, CAN Description: with bassist, double bill with Kerri Woelke, for more details and tix contact Darek at darek@drekdaa.com

THUNDER BAY Date: February 5, 2010 Venue: House concert Address: 205 Marks St. South, Thunder Bay, ON, P7E 1L9 CAN Description: duo with bassist, contact Dave at 807-472-5909 for details. 7:30 pm $15, $10 for students, kids free

SAULT SAINTE MARIE Date: February 6, 2010 Venue: Loplop’s Lounge and Gallery – http://www.loplops.com Address: 651 Queen St.E., Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2A6 CAN Description: duo with bassist, triple bill with Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire

LONDON Date: February 7, 2010 Venue: TBA Address: London, ON, CAN Description: with bassist, details TBA

OAKVILLE (B/W HAMILTON AND MISSISSAUGA) Date: February 10, 2010 Venue: Moonshine Cafe, http://www.themoonshinecafe.com Address: 137 Kerr Street, Oakville, ON, L6K 3A6 CAN Description: double bill with Coco Love Alcorn, local opener “Marty the Martender”

WAKEFIELD (20 MIN OUTSIDE OF OTTAWA) Date: February 11, 2010Venue: Blacksheep Inn – http://www.theblacksheepinn.com/ Address: 420 Riverside Drive, Wakefield, PQ J0X 3G0 CAN Description: songwriters in the round: Coco Love Alcorn, Lindsay Ferguson, Ann Vriend. Show 8:30 pm. Tix $10, available at http://www.ticketweb.ca or call 1-888-222-6608


Happy New Year to everyone!

To those (unfortunate people) who won’t be at the Haven on New Year’s Eve, I wish you in advance a very happy new year, and thank you for your ongoing support of yours truly. I really appreciate it 🙂

Ann Vriend and AV Headquarters

1 Comment

  1. Louise says:

    Nice one, there is actually some great ideas on this post some of my associates just might find this worthwhile, I must send them a link, many thanks.

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