The Plain Janes

The Plain Janes

 Stony Plain, Alberta, CAN

The Plain Janes have been likened to an acoustic Dixie Chicks, the Indigo Girls, and the Wailin' Jennys. They lean towards acoustic instrumentation and three-part harmonies reminiscent of bluegrass, while keeping the arrangements and subject matter fresh with original tunes.


The Plain Janes (formerly the Vissia Sisters) are quite the opposite of what the name suggests. Drawing on the influences of bluegrass, country, rock and folk, The Plain Janes' sound can be best described as a derivative of the Americana genre. Alex (the band's primary songwriter and guitarist) pens songs about real-life stories and emotions. Paired with the right melody, these songs are brought to life with the added instrumentation of Andi (mandolin) and Aleisha (banjo). The experience would not be complete without the richness of the trio's trademark harmony vocals– a powerful blend that can only be explained by the fact that these young ladies are in fact sisters.

The Plain Janes literally grew up on the stage, and their musicianship has grown right along with them. They have been nominated twice at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and were also granted a Canadian Country Music Week showcase. Having played such nationally and internationally acclaimed events as the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, the Plain Janes have been gathering recognition everywhere they go. In Canada, they have played as far west as Vancouver Island and as far east as Ottawa. Out-of-country opportunities have included locations south of the border in Arizona and Tennessee, and even more memorably, a trip across the Pacific Ocean in 2006 for a tour in Japan.

The Plain Janes released their highly anticipated first full-length album in the fall of 2009 with the immense help of a $10,000 Rawlco Radio Grant. The album consists of completely original material, all of which has been written by one or more of the ladies. Recorded in Edmonton, AB with Mike Lent (Jann Arden), the album resonates with earthy warmth that can only be captured with recording in a live-off-the-floor style. The compilation is essentially acoustic (but for two arrangements) with the Plain Janes’ incredible harmonies front and center on every track. From upbeat folk-pop tunes like 8 Feet of Brown Paper to rootsy ballads like Letting Go, the self-titled album will capture any listener regardless of genre preference. A little bit folk, a little bit country, the Plain Janes are definitely a little something you don’t want to miss.


2009 The Plain Janes - full-length album

2007 Chrysalis - EP (3 songs)

2006 Blue Sky - single
Released to Canadian Country Radio August 2006

2005 Bend in the Road - EP (5 songs)

2003 Vissia Sisters - EP
(5 songs)

Set List

The Plain Janes play mostly original music while throwing in some re-worked covers.
Able to provide up to a two hour show with 15 minute break in between.