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The band is fronted by songstress Lauren Mann who started playing live in and around Calgary in 2008. Shortly after, she began collaborating with local musicians and formed somewhat of a collective that became affectionately known as “Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk.”
At the end of 2010, Lauren decided to make her home the open road and began to pursue a full-time music career. She released “Stories From Home,” a collection of songs that had been recorded over the past four years, and booked a 65-day tour across Canada with shows in every province. Since then, Lauren and the collective of “Fairly Odd Folk” that have joined her on her journeys have developed a sound unlike anything else. In less than two years they’ve brought this sound and dynamic live show to audiences in every corner of North America, with over 375 tour dates and over 3400 albums sold.
Having just announced a signing to Wanderer Records, the group, now consisting of Lauren Mann (Lead vocals, piano, ukulele), Jay Christman (drums, guitar), Jessica Christman (bass, additional keys, BGV’s), and Zoltan Szoges (additional keys, percussion, glockenspiel), are excited to release their brand new album “Over Land and Sea” on April 9th 2013. “Over Land and Sea” was produced by Aaron Marsh (Copeland, Person L, Joshua Michael Robinson) in Lakeland, FL and illustrates Lauren’s gift of songwriting with a wide array of instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and lyrics that tell of whimsical adventures.
Look for Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk on tour this spring in support of “Over Land and Sea,” and rediscover your love for music.
“Lauren Mann may be one of the best indie-folk rockers that you’ve never heard of.”
--Moira E. McLaughlin, Washington Post
“Lauren Mann has the type of lyrics in which you can really lose yourself. Alongside joyous, breezy instrumentation, she philosophically explains the value of letting some of our comforts go and opening ourselves to new experiences and whimsical adventures.”
--Cait Lepla, Music Writer, BeatRoute Magazine
“Lauren Mann along with her Fairly Odd Folk are lovely. Lovely to hear and lovely to work with. We enjoyed having them at the 2011 Calgary Folk Music Festival. From what I’ve seen, it looks like she’s at the beginning of a promising career.”
--Kenna Burima, Calgary Folk Music Festival
"Lauren Mann brings a wisdom and reflectiveness to her brand of indie pop that tickles the listeners fancy with beautiful melodies and delightful charm."
--Kat Dornian, Music Director, CSJW 90.9
Stay tuned for pre-order info.
JAY CHRISTMAN - Drums/Bass/Percussion/Acoustic
JESSICA CHRISTMAN - Bass/Aux Keys/BGV's
JOSH AKIN - Electric Guitar / Acoustic Guitar / Banjo
ZOLTAN SZOGES - Keys/Melodica/Glockenspiel/Percussion/Clarinet
Friends who have toured/played with us in the past:
Dane Letourneau - Electric Guitar/Acoustic/Banjo
Ray Gourlay - Acoustic/Drums/Bass/Percussion/BGV's
Hammer Clark - Bass
Mike Pardy - Electric Guitar/Acoustic/Aux Keys
Jeremy Yuen - Drums
Aaron Fraser - Drums
Brett Baird - Drums/Percussion
Gretyl Baird - Acoustic/BGV's
Tim Reeves - Cello/Acoustic
Jemma Reeves - Banjo/Acoustic/BGV's
Erik Horstia - Bass
Jon Purshke - Electric Guitar/Acoustic/BGV's
Carissa Webster - Bass/BGV's
Distance Bullock - Cello/Acoustic/BGV's
Andrew Dullum - Bass
Andrew Hamil - Drums
Jon Seib - Bass/BGV's
Elliot Mann - Bass