Kiwi singer/songwriter Jan Hellriegel will join Greg Johnson‘s 5 date New Zealand mini-tour. Johnson, who is originally from New Zealand, but moved to California in 2002, released his most recent album, EXIT, in 2012.
One could be optimistic and suggest that this might lead to Hellriegel’s coming to perform in the United States, although thus far there is no indication of that happening.
Others performing will be Ben King, Lisa Crawley, Mark Hughes, and Kurt Shanks.
LOST SONGS, an album of 18 previously unreleased songs by Hellriegel is now available for pre-order on Hellriegel’s website. The first single from the album, VENUS IS DEAD, has already been released in New Zealand. The album pre-order includes immediate download of five tracks. Album release date is 1 May 2013.
A 20th Anniversary Xena Convention in Auckland, New Zealand, 6-8 February 2015 is being planned . No guests have yet been announced. I would think, though, that because of its location, it presents an amazing opportunity to bring together many comparatively minor (but memorable) castmembers.
There are too many such folk to list, but here are some suggestions that leap to mind:
Joy van Uden (Rhea in KINDRED SPIRITS) Tanya Dignan (Eponin in HOOVES AND HARLOTS) Mia Koning (Tura in PATH OF VENGEANCE) Barry Te Hira (Craigan in COMEDY OF EROS) Jan Hellriegel (Priestess of Mnemosyne in FORGET ME NOT)
Jan Hellriegel as the Priestess of Mnemosyne in FORGET ME NOT (Episode #63 of XENA)
The seven Hestian virgins from WARRIOR, PRIESTESS, TRAMP (episode #55 of XENA)
I’ve encountered a minor puzzle. Jan Hellriegel, the excellent Kiwi chanteuse, is credited with two appearances in Xena:Warrior Princess. The first was in the episode FORGET ME NOT (Episode #63) in which she portrays the Priestess of Mnemosyne. No problem finding her in that episode. But the second appearance for which she is credited is WARRIOR, PRIESTESS, TRAMP, and in the credits we learn that she played Hestia.
I have watched this episode several times. I have read the transcript of this episode. Nowhere in it is anyone named Hestia. The goddess does not appear.
Now it could be that she was one of the Hestian virgins. There were seven virgins and one priestess, but the priestess was played by Lucy Lawless and the only Hestian virgin credited was Megan Nichol, presumably because she was the only one with spoken lines.
Below is a photo of the seven Hestian virgins in this episode: