Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk with Handsome & Gretyl, Paper Beat Scissors

Sat, 10/08/2011

Saturday October 8th | $10
Doors @ 9:00pm | No Minors


Lauren is an emerging folk/pop solo artist who is often caught on tour with a backing bank ranging from two to five people. From Calgary Alberta music has been her passion for as long as she can remember, from the early years of classical piano training, through the formidable teenage years when she grew tired of playing classical songs and turned to jazz training, to now, as a full time recording and touring artist.

“Stories From Home,” Lauren’s debut album released on November 13, 2010, is a compilation of songs from the previously released Lauren Mann EP and Lost and Found EP, as well as three unreleased tracks, all of which were written and recorded between 2006 and 2009. The album is available on iTunes, Bigcartel, and at shows. These are the stories of Lauren’s beginning that tell the tales of years past, and are a prelude of things to come, including a second full-length album that was recorded at The Vanguard Room in Lakeland, FL by producer Aaron Marsh (Copeland, Lydia, Person L). This album, is scheduled for release this in the early months of 2012.

Since starting to perform and record, Lauren has collaborated with many friends and musicians. She values the creativity that others can add to her music. All these friends, affectionately known as the “Fairly Odd Folk,” include, but are not limited to Jon Purshke, Aaron Fraser, Eric Horstia, Tim Reeves, Jemma Reeves, Distance Bullock, Carissa Webster, Andrew Dullum, Jon Seib, Elliott Mann, Andrew Hamill and Zoltan Szoges.


A new Nashville based duo with an upbeat folk/pop vibe.
He came from Toronto; she, from Seattle. Both had music in their blood, instruments in their hands, and a mind to create.

The mountains led him to the west; a star led her to the north. In Vancouver they met and schooled—studying music and life.
In less than a year they put school on hold, got married, and lived. With music and purpose guiding them, school called again and to Nashville they went. He became an audio engineer; she became a songwriter; music stayed central and they continued to create.

The couple formed Handsome and Gretyl and released their debut EP, Hold On Tight Love, February 2011.
Handsome and Gretyl have created an earthy folk feel crossed with an imaginative jaunt of pop, a sweet and tangy piece of wild berry pie. This duo draws from real life, delivering optimistic though realistic lyrics, seasoned with the chill of snow, the sea breeze, and the hope of tomorrow’s sunrise.


The Paper Beat Scissors live show is an intense and intimate experience – solo finger-picked laments are paired with live loops and a haunting voice that slips into the music, then darts back out to pull the listener in. This August sees the start of a national tour for Paper Beat Scissors (relocated-Brit Tim Crabtree), hot on the heels of completing recording of the debut album, produced by Mike Feuerstack (Snailhouse and Bell Orchestre) and mixed by Arcade Fire's Jeremy Gara.

The last three years have seen national Canadian and European tours, national radio play on CBC and BBC for the debut EP 'Flicker', and videos made by Chris Tootell (Tim Burton's Corpse Bride) and Mitch Fillion (Southern Souls, la Blogotheque) for the Halifax-based act. Tim is also a regular collaborator with Tanya Davis, appears on her latest album Clocks and Hearts Keep Going, and produced the music for her viral video 'How to be Alone', (3.5 million views on youtube).