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MUSIC NOTES: Fionn twins sing in return to Surrey for Salmon Sessions festival

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Folk-pop duo Fionn, featuring siblings Brianne, left, and Alanna Finn-Morris, perform at Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club in Surrey on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

Great to hear Fionn sounding great during an acoustic set that served to launch Salmon Sessions Music Festival.

On May 1, the harmony-singing Finn-Morris sisters (guitarist Brianne and lead singer Alanna) performed “Gold Fish” and a few other songs at Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club, where the festival is planned as a fundraiser this summer, on Saturday, Aug. 24. Others on the afternoon/evening bill are reggae-rocker Daniel Wesley, prog-rock band Brass Camel, Antonio Larosa and Camaro 67.

In August, a stage for the all-original music festival will be set up on the archery range with VIP tents, “Feast of Fire” food by Sheila’s Catering and more, with a beverage garden inside the nearby hall.

• READ MORE: Acts announced for summer Salmon Sessions music fest in South Surrey.

This is the second year for the Salmon Sessions concert. Penmar Community Arts Society has partnered with the host club to raise money to rebuild its hatchery building, which was devastated by flooding two years ago.

The Fionn siblings once sang as Alanna & Brianne on local stages, but that handle was eventually spiked in favour of Fionn, an Irish spin on their Finn surname. The White Rock twins went to school at Holy Cross Regional High School in Fleetwood before pursuing music fulltime, and now work with 604 Records in Vancouver.


It’s no secret that concert tickets aren’t cheap these days, especially for big-name artists in arenas. Some relief comes in the form of Concert Week (May 8-14), when music fans can buy $25 tickets to select concerts during a 10th-year promo by Live Nation Entertainment.

This year, the ticket offer involves more than 900 artists in North America including Arkells, Barenaked Ladies, Billy Idol, Cage the Elephant, City and Colour, Kings of Leon, Mother Mother and more. On the website, look for the ticket type “Concert Week Promotion” and use filters for artists and venues.


Because I’m a huge fan of British band The Jam, I’m quite stoked about Paul Weller’s 2024 concert tour and Sept. 20 show at Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre. The “Mod Father” will tour North America for the first time since 2017, with a new album, called 66, due out May 24 — his 17th solo effort, and 28th album overall, in a career that includes stints leading The Jam and The Style Council. The new one features contributions from Noel Gallagher, Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie, Madness’ Suggs McPherson and others. First single on 66 is “Soul Wandering,” co-written with Gillespie.


Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park is one of those wonderful, natural-bowl concert venues. Seriously, it’s one of the best places to see live music in Metro Vancouver, especially in summer, with a lake view beyond the stage.

So, July 22 and 23 are shaping up to be special nights with the arrival of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, for two concerts of guitar-driven rock. Produced by Live Nation, their “Love on Earth” tour will feature songs from a 50-year career that includes a new FU##IN’ UP album.

Interestingly, Young wants to give fans the best chance to buy tickets at face value. Fans who purchase tickets for the tour through Ticketmaster, and can’t attend, then have the option to resell their ticket to other fans at the original price paid using Face Value Exchange. Young has also chosen to make tickets for this tour mobile-only and restricted from transfer. A valid bank account or debit card is required to sell tickets on the exchange.

Tom Zillich

About the Author: Tom Zillich

I cover entertainment, sports and news for Surrey Now-Leader and Black Press Media
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