First big tour for Fairly Odd Folk

When Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk roll into town, it will be a fairly new experience for all involved.

  • Jan. 27, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk roll into town Feb. 3.

When Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk roll into town, it will be a fairly new experience for all involved.

This is the 21-year-old’s first big tour since she and her new husband, Zoltan Szoges, retired from their gig working a summer camp (Circle Square Ranch) and began to tap Szoges’ tour organizing expertise to try the full-time musician’s lifestyle.

“He has a lot of experience touring and doing music. So we thought, why don’t we just go on tour?” said Mann. “I never really thought that that would be possible, but we just kind of went for it.”

Mann grew up playing classical piano and eventually made the transition into songwriting. Her first CD, Stories from Home, showcases a collection of songs which lean heavily on this classical training, but as she recently discovered she also really likes music which inspires her to dance, have a get-on-your-feet groove.

The songs got a pretty good test-run on her first tour, a small venture from Prince George to Victoria, but the Calgary-based musician doesn’t really make her touring debut until this week.

“We had a couple of months to work with and we just kind of mapped it out,” said Mann, who says her songs are all about telling a story.

By the end of the east-west venture she should have a fair number of new stories to share.

This will only be her second venture across the country; she did some travelling and saw the sites earlier this year, and said she’s really looking forward to making connections between people on the east and west coast through her music.

Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk play the Minstrel Café Feb. 3. Cover at the door.

Just Posted

Okanagan Wildfires: An afternoon update on wildfires and evacuations

A Sunday afternoon look at the major wildfires impacting the Okanagan and Similkameen.

Mediation talks break off in casino strike

Gateway and BCGEU have no new date set for mediation

Update: Ping-pong balls of fire dropped to merge Mount Eneas and Munro Creek wildfires

The merger is considered successful by BC Wildfire Services

Motorcyclist taken to hospital following crash near Vernon

Extent of injuries not yet known following motorcycle in ditch on Commonage Road Sunday, July 22

All-Indigenous teams break new ground, making BC Games history

This is the first time there have been dedicated Indigenous teams at the BC Summer Games

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw people signed an agreement-in-principle with the B.C. government

The signing ceremony, at the Eliza Archie Memorial School, was 25 years in the making

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

It is his first win at a major and the first by an Italian

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

ZONE 2: Okanagan twins bring ultimate competition to the BC Games

Brothers Connor and Holden Berrisford are each other’s main motivators

Recovery high schools could help teens before addiction takes hold: B.C. parents

Schools could provide mental health supports and let parents discuss their children’s drug use openly

Haida Gwaii village faces housing crisis, targets short-term rentals

Housing is tight and the village is pretty close to zero vacancy

B.C. VIEWS: Unions regain control of public construction

B.C.’s 40-year battle swings back to international big labour

Most Read