Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk
Tall Tall Trees, Emily Mure
249 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
Doors 8:00PM / Show 8:00PM
This event is 21 and over
Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk
In a world where the gift of simply appreciating music seems to have been lost, it takes something extraordinary to capture the heart and the attention of listeners. Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk do just that. From captivating indie folk-pop melodies to an authentic and energetic performance, you'll get drawn in to the music and won't be let go anytime soon.
What began as a simple solo project in the summer of 2008 has, over time and travel, evolved into a powerful and dynamic folk-pop experience. Lauren Mann, the namesake and forerunner of Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk, has brought an eclectic, passionate, and, as the name might give away, fairly odd group of musicians alongside her to bring greater instrumentation and dynamic to her captivating music.
Lauren's start as a musician came long before she ever thought it as a viable career. Her parents enrolled her in classical piano lessons at the age of five, and she faithfully continued, reaching grade 8 Royal Conservatory, until it became tiresome and she found she was losing her love of playing. She ventured into jazz training and gained a refreshing perspective as well as a strong technical foundation.
After years of training, Lauren started looking for opportunities to play her own growing repertoire of music. She started with house concerts, local all-ages shows, and coffee shops, and as she became more connected in Calgary's notable music scene, soon graduated to larger and more prolific venues, including the bi-monthly Market Collective and a Shot At The Dark showcase at the Cantos Music Foundation. In spring 2009, Lauren completed a four song EP with songs she recorded on her own, as well as some with local Calgary producer Andrew Hamill. A few months later she put out another self recorded EP and continued to sell these at shows.
As Lauren's songwriting continued to develop, she wanted to reflect that in the live atmosphere with more instrumentation. She began collaborating with friends and formed, not a band, but more of a collective of transient artists that took her music to the next level. "I like seeing what other people, who are masters of their specific instrument, can bring to the songs I write. With such an ever-changing group, it means the songs are never the same. Not to mention that there's such a greater energy with more people on stage that makes it so much fun." One such friend that Lauren played with for a number of months came up with the idea of the Fairly Odd Folk, and although it was something of a joke, it stuck, and it now represents Lauren and her troupe of musicians.
In November 2010, Lauren did what many strive to but not many follow through with and decided to make music her full-time career with the release of a full length album "Stories From Home," a compilation of the two EPs she had previously released as well as a three unreleased songs. She followed this release with the "All These Places Tour," a debut solo tour that spanned 65 days from coast to coast with shows in every province. It was an intense and lengthy undertaking, but proved very successful and gave Lauren a foundation to build upon. In the following months she completed two more cross-Canada tours, one with British Columbia duo Reeves, and the next with Nashville duo Handsome and Gretyl, who, as well as opening for the shows, also played as part of the Fairly Odd Folk. These three Canadian tours, as well as a three-week tour throughout Denmark, all in the first year of doing music full-time, brought Lauren's show count to just over 200. This wasn't the only milestone reached; she also charted to the #1 folk album on Earshot for the month of December 2010, recorded a new album for release in Spring 2012 at The Vanguard Room in Lakeland, Florida with Aaron Marsh (formerly of Copeland), and was invited to play at the Calgary Folk Music Festival in July 2011 alongside such acts as City and Colour, Couer de Pirate, The Hollow Brethern, The Head and the Heart, Deep Dark Woods, and many more.
In her own words, "Music is a common ground. It allows you to connect with people you may never have been able to connect with otherwise. I love that. I want to make those connections wherever I go and learn people's stories. That's what inspires me."
The future is bright for this young songstress and her team of "odd folk". The connections that they've made with young and old across Canada, and the notice that they've been getting from industry professionals is taking them to new levels with their brand of indie folk-pop. This coming year sees Lauren and a more permanent band continuing to build on the foundation they've laid with more Canadian tours, the release of the aforementioned new record in the spring, and a debut American tour. With infectious music and a strong ambition on their side, Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk prove that they aren't one to be forgotten any time soon.
Tall Tall Trees
TALL TALL TREES is the assemblege of four musicians on a journey into the irregular. Hailing from four corners of the globe and brought together
by the downtown music scene in NYC, the band formed in 2008 to realize the music of jazz bassist turned banjo-playing songwriter, Mike Savino. The following year saw the release of a self-titled debut record on their own Good Neighbor Records. Recorded in the home studios of Savino, guitarist Kyle Sanna, and percussionist Mathias Kunzli, the twelve tracks on Tall Tall Trees are eclectic, touching on surf rock, indie folk, sentimental balladry, and afrobeat. The album met with critical success climbing the CMJ radio charts and receiving placements on MTV, History Channel, Animal Planet, and Lifetime. The addition of bassist Benjamin Campbell filled out the performing line-up and the band began to tour in support of the record.
Two years, many shows, and one highly successful Kickstarter campaign later, Tall Tall Trees is putting the finishing touches on its sophomore effort.
December 2010: The band began recording its second album on the night of a lunar eclipse, in a church nestled in the sticks of Woodstock, NY, and emerged two weeks later with a testament to the evolution in their electric banjo-driven sound. The result, Moment, is a departure from the quirky bounce of their self-titled debut and a journey into darker territory as songwriter Mike Savino explores more serious and personal matters in this set of lyrically driven songs. Produced entirely by the band, the album is a snapshot of musicians in peak creative form, crafting album as art in a one-off mp3 world.
Originally sparked by a camping trip into the Alaskan wilderness, the album tells the tale of a man searching for connection with his environment and the people around him. On the final night of their trip, exhausted and beaten nearly mute by the elements, the Tall Tall Trees sat around a campfire in a rocky, dried-out riverbed when the clouds parted, revealing the biggest moon they'd ever seen. One word was uttered.
Emily Mure is a NYC-bred singer/songwriter with training in classical oboe and Celtic singing. Emily built up her solo chops while busking in Galway, Ireland, where she lived for 6 months. Since returning to the states, she has opened for folk and bluegrass stars including The Duhks and Kris Delmhorst and has performed at various Music Festivals including The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Musikfest, and The Montauk Music Festival. Emily’s songs have received radio airplay and have aired on TV stations including PBS and ABC. Emily released her first album, Where I Began, in December 2009. This touching collection of stories about travel and lost love are highlighted by Emily’s instrumental arrangements, her smoky voice, and her honest and relatable lyrics. Emily is currently recording her second album, Odyssey, in a studio in Brighton Beach, Queens.
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