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.