First of all, Happy New Year to you all. Hope everyone had and/or is having a great holiday season.
Another blog and full update is coming soon, but in the meantime we wanted to let you know about an important date on AV’s upcoming Australian tour: Ann will play Sydney’s premier venue, The Basement, on Tuesday, January 6th, as a duo with drummer Chris Flanagan. The show will be recorded with the intention of releasing it as a live recording in 2009, so a great effort is being put into the show. Ann will be at a grand piano, and the venue is hailed as possibly the best venue for sound and atmosphere in all of Australia, so this is not a show to be missed!
The support acts are the very popular Emma Dean from Queenland, and Brett Winterford from the popular Sydney band Peregrine. Both support acts are critically acclaimed and have received radio play on Triple J, AND, to cap off the night after AV as the headliner, New York based Andrew Vladeck will take to the stage for those still wanting to be entertained after midnight. So, all in all this is great value for your ticket price! Please pass this info on to anyone in Sydney who might be interested! This is Ann’s ONLY Sydney performance for the tour.
Here are the full details:
Date: January 6, 2008 Venue: The Basement Address: 29 Reiby Place, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW, AU Description: Duo (drums, piano, vocals), support acts are Emma Dean and Brett Winterford of Peregrine, tix $15 in advance, $18 at the door, 8:15 pm start.
And here is a review in Drum Media (Sydney) from a past AV performance at The Basement:
ANN VRIEND The Basement, Circular Quay 06/02/07
“….Nearly an hour behind schedule, the adorable Ann Vriend quietly slipped on stage. Although Vriend repeatedly stressed that she is from Canada, she has a voice that could have walked straight out of Nashville: strong and feminine, with a hint of underlying vulnerability. Her quirky take on contemporary jazz reminded me of New York oddball Nellie McKay, especially on numbers like Crowd Pleaser and The Invisibles (a song about Barbie and Ken as if they were real people). Or Regina Spector. Or early Tori Amos. When it comes to women with pianos, there are endless comparisons to make, but Vriend manages to stand out from the crowd.
She chatted sweetly to the audience between songs, telling genuinely funny stories about her travels in Canada, America, Australia and Spain. Although Vriend apologized repeatedly for how late her show was running, nobody objected to her playing until the candles guttered. She has been here four times in the last two years—if she makes another visit soon, you’d do well to go along.”
Posted below is a list of other upcoming shows in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
Thank you for your time and support!
–Ann Vriend and Management
Date: January 6, 2008 Venue: The Basement Address: 29 Reiby Place, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW, AU Description: Duo (drums, piano, vocals), support acts are Emma Dean and Brett Winterford of Peregrine, tix $15 in advance, $18 at the door
Date: January 15 – 18, 2009 Venue: Illawarra Folk Music Festival Address: Illawarra, NSW, AU Description: solo
Date: January 22, 2009 Venue: Manchester Lane Address: Melbourne, VIC, AU Description: Triple bill with Emma Wall and Key Day Duo – advance tickets $15 + fees on Onya Tix https://www.onyatix.com/
Date: January 24, 2009 Venue: private function Address: Rye, Mornington Peninsula, VIC, AU Description: solo
Date: January 25, 2009 Venue: The Studio Address: Geelong, VIC, AU Description: solo
Date: January 30, 2009 Venue: The Wheatsheaf Hotel Address: 39 George Street, Thebarton, Adelaide, SA Description: solo
Date: February 1, 2009 Venue: Red Poles (winery) Address: McMurtie Rd, McLaren Vale, SA, AU Description: solo, 1:30 pm (afternoon show)
Date: February 5, 2009 Venue: Electra Cafe Address: Albury, NSW, AU Description: solo
Date: February 6, 2009 Venue: Bulli School of Arts Address: Bulli/Wollongong, NSW, AU Description: solo
Date: February 8, 2009 Venue: The Harp Address: Tempe, Sydney, NSW, AU Description: solo
NORTH AMERICA TOUR (more dates TBA):
Date: February 13, 2009 Venue: The Haven Social Club Address: 15120 A Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, AB, CAN Description: solo, triple bill with Matt Epp and Brock Tyler, 8 pm
Date: February 14, 2009 Venue: The Stetson Address: South Calgary, AB, CAN Description: solo, triple bill with Matt Epp and Makeshift Innocence
Date: March 18 -20, 2009 Venue: SXSW Music Conference, http://sxsw.com Address: Austin, TX, USA Description: showcase confirmed, details TBA
Date: March 21, 2009 Venue: Harrison Concert Series Address: Harrison, BC, CAN Description: double bill with T. Nile
Date: April 6, 2008 Venue: City Hall Address: Edmonton, AB, CAN Description: solo, for Mayor’s Awards Ceremony, details TBA