Over Land and Sea Till Now

To celebrate Over Land and Sea’s fifth birthday, we’re having a merch sale! Head to my online store to find Over Land and Sea on CD for only $5, and a ton of stuff including limited quantities of early LMATFOF t-shirt designs, Dearestly black vinyl and Where the Ocean Meets the Sky: A Visual EP on sale as well! You can also finally buy Dearestea and the Exclusive screen printed poster on their own. Sale runs until 05/17/17. ✨

Five years ago I released my first studio album, Over Land and Sea, recorded at the Vanguard Room in Lakeland, FL with Aaron Marsh back in 2011. During the writing and recording process I had no idea that this album would kickstart my music career and open up so many opportunities in the five years following. It was truly a dream come true, and has led us on quite the journey. To celebrate Over Land and Sea’s fifth birthday, I thought I’d dig into the archives and share some of the highlights from the past five years.

Our touring took us all over North America, circling the continent many times and playing a lot of shows! In fall 2012 we got to open for Rusted Root on their American comeback tour, which was an incredible opportunity to share Over Land and Sea with a big audience and play in some really notable venues. There were many nights spent in the van, many long drives, many gas stations, many sandwich making parties in the van…you get the idea. And five years later I can see how the constant movement and lack of home base really took a toll on me in many ways, but I can also look back on those moments with a fondness for the memories that we created that will last a lifetime, and hopefully someday end up in a book.

There have been many people who joined me along the way as Fairly Odd Folk or just plain friends including, but not limited to, Aaron, Mike, Hammer, Jeremy, Jay, Jessica, Josh, Ray, Dane, Darryl, Greg, Adam, Sherry, Mat, Phoenix, and Clark. I wouldn’t be where I am today without all these wonderful people and more who have come through my life and through my music in so many ways.

In the past two years we’ve slowed down a lot, even with releasing another album and touring across Canada this fall. We’ve been taking more time off the road, finding a balance between home and work life, and putting down deep roots into our community on Pender Island, BC. In 2014 we started developing the Exclusive Content Project which allows me to spend time throughout the week focussed on my career, and has become a really great way to keep in touch with fans when we’re not touring. It’s been a lot of change but in the best way, and I’m in a better place now more than ever to continue writing and performing and inspiring others to do the same. I never imagined my life looking like this, and even with the hard stuff we’ve gone through, it’s more than anything I could have come up with.

I had a great time going through these photos…what a blast from the past. Lots of good memories. I hope you enjoy looking through them!

❤ Lauren.


Exciting Things!

Well, our time off has come to an end and we have finally hit the road! We had an amazing album release show  in Brooks, AB, and we’ve spent the past few days in Calgary where we play tomorrow (at the Ship & Anchor) and Friday (at The New Black Centre). Our album Over Land and Sea officially released today, and we also put the album up in its entirety on Noisetrade for a limited FREE DOWNLOAD! So far we’ve had over 1800 downloads in the first day, which is super exciting for us!

And we found out from a few people that we were played on CBC Radio 2’s The Drive today! To give you some context, this is one of our favorite Canada-wide radio programs. It’s always jam packed with good music and we’ve always dreamed of being played among all the other amazing artists. Today, we were!

All that to say, it’s been an exciting day, and we’re so thankful to everyone who has helped us get to this point. We wouldn’t be where we are without all you lovely folks listening to our songs and coming to our shows. So THANK YOU!

One more thing. We’re going to have some changes happening on the blog in the next few weeks. I’ve convinved my fellow bandmates to start writing posts for the blog, so every WEDNESDAY, you will hear from someone other than me! We’ll try and make this a regular thing. 🙂

See you on tour!


Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk Announce North American Tour Dates

Debut Album Over Land And Sea  Out April 9th

Alberta band to deliver debut album on Wanderer Records. Listen to the captivating lead track “I Lost Myself” via ELLE Magazine.
All tour dates listed below.

Lauren Mann

At the end of 2010, Calgary’s Lauren Mann 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 Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk which include Jay Christman (drums, guitar), Jessica Christman (bass, additional keys, BGV’s), and Zoltan Szoges (additional keys, percussion, glockenspiel) have played close to 400 shows throughout North America and now they are ready to hit the road again.  Produced by Aaron Marsh in Lakeland, Florida, Over Land And Sea illustrates Lauren’s gift of songwriting with a wide array of instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and lyrics that tell of whimsical adventures. Adventures that are only beginning.

Listen to “I Lost Myself
Watch the Over Land And Sea Trailer HERE
Album Art, Track Listing, Photos & Media Materials HERE

Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk Over Land And Sea Tour Dates:

April 04 – Brooks, AB @ Griffin Park Theatre
April 10 – Calgary, AB @ The Ship & Anchor
April 12 – Calgary, AB @ The New Black
April 13 – Edmonton, AB @ Elevation Room
April 14 – Leduc, AB @ Burnsy O’Flannagans
April 16 – Lloydminster, SK @ The Root
April 17 – Saskatoon, SK @ Vangelis
April 21 – Steinbach, MB @ Oakridge Greenhouse Café
April 23 – Dixon, IL @ Rosbrook Studio
April 24 – Chicago, IL @ The Abbey Pub
April 26/27/28 – Lancaster, PA @ LAUNCH CONFERENCE
May 01 – Moncton, NB @ Plan B
May 02 – Charlottetown, PEI @ Hunter’s Ale House
May 03 – Sydney, NS @ Elks
May 04 – Halifax, NS @ The Seahorse

**More North American Dates To Be Announced Soon**


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Over Land and Sea Announcement

Happy Wednesday everyone! We are so excited to finally announce that we are releasing Over Land and Sea on Wanderer Records on April 9, 2013! It will be available in stores and online all through North America and we will be starting touring all of this year to support it. I’d just like to thank all of you for your support as we’ve been evolving as a band. We’re really excited for the opportunities that are coming up this year and to share all of those opportunities with all of you!

Check out this teaser for the album that Zoltan created, and feel free to share it around the web!


First Stop: Seattle

Seattle is a beautiful city! It’s very similar to Vancouver in culture and aesthetics, which is probably why I loved it so much. We got to Seattle the day before our show, so we had a whole day to explore and find some cool spots in the city. And explore we did!

We stayed with Brett and Gretyl (Handsome and Gretyl) who we toured with last fall, and they suggested we check out Kerry Park for the best view of Seattle. So we went on a little jaunt through the Queen Anne neighbourhood to check it out and the panoramic view of the whole city was a great first acquaintance.

The next day, Brett dropped me, Dane and Ray off at Dusty Strings, a very unique folk music store in the Fremont neighbourhood. It was similar to Folklore, a store we frequent when we’re in Ottawa, and where I bought my ukelele, but there’s a lot more selection. They have a whole wall of ukeleles(including a 1920’s Gibson banjo ukelele that was going for $3500!), walls of guitars, and a beautiful selection of harps. After some perusing, I left Dane and Ray there and went to see what else Fremont offered. Turned out that everything was still closed (it was before 11) so I went to check out Gas Works Park, another place that Brett and Gretyl suggested.

From there I walked back to Fremont. I found the Aurora Bridge Troll on the way back, and spent some time rummaging in a great vintage store, and ate a savoury macaroni and cheese pie from Pie before heading back to the house.

After lunch, Brett dropped me off downtown so I could check out the famous Pike Place Market.

Our show in Seattle went great. Ray’s girlfriend surprised him by taking a bus from Nanaimo to hang out with him, and then Dane’s parents surprised him by coming to the show. Jay’s sister also came, and our friends Kraig and Lauren, and Jon and Aliza came, so it was a great send-off!

Next stop: the desert!

Until next time,