Make us your home page

Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk perform Friday in Tampa

Lauren Mann is touring behind her April release, Over Land and Sea.

Publicity photo

Lauren Mann is touring behind her April release, Over Land and Sea.

The list of instruments used by Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk is so long it needs to be alphabetized.

There are banjos and bassoons.

Cellos and clarinets.

Glockenspiels and guitars.

Vibraphones, violas and violins.

The array of instrumentation adds a whimsical element to the Calgary band's dreamy folk-pop, which they bring to the Orpheum in Tampa on Friday.

"We love watching people's eyes go from one instrument to the next," said Lauren Mann. "They will hear a sound and then ask us after the show, 'What was that?' We experiment a lot and I think all the instruments take people by surprise."

Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk are touring in support of the album Over Land and Sea, which was produced in Lakeland by Aaron Marsh and released on April 9.

Mann began writing the songs on Over Land and Sea in late 2010, shortly after she jumped from a life of studying international relations at the University of Calgary and working part-time at a thrift store to touring as a full-time musician.

Many of the album's songs were inspired by that experience.

"Somewhere on that weathered road / I found the dreams that I'd been looking for," she sings on the catchy I Lost Myself.

Mann originally expected another song to be the album's first single, but I Lost Myself quickly became the favorite when recording began.

"I'm really glad it did, it's such a fun song," Mann said. "We love playing it live too."

.if you go

Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk perform 8 p.m. Friday at the Orpheum in Tampa. With My Name Forever, Caraisle, Camille Dupree and Broken Fetters. $8-$10.

Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk perform Friday in Tampa 05/16/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 16, 2013 9:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. The upcoming Han Solo movie is called ... 'Solo'


    I hope you know what you're doing, Star Wars.

  2. Percussionist rocks out with a blazing triangle solo during Florida Orchestra performance


    Oh, the poor triangle. It's the orchestra equivalent of a rock band's tamborine, and such easy fodder for jokes.

    John Shaw performs a triangle solo.
  3. Andy Serkis' directing debut 'Breathe' is not so inspiring


    After such a revolutionary acting career, Andy Serkis should be expected to make an equally inventive directing debut. Breathe is anything but that.

    Clare Foy and Andrew Garfield star in Breathe as Robin and Diana Cavendish, an English polio victim and his devoted wife, who pioneered disability rights and wheelchairs with ventilators. [Imaginarium]
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 18


    Dali and Schiaparelli: Opening Day: A retrospective exhibit of designer Elsa Schiaparelli and her collaborations with Dali. It features gowns, accessories, sketches, objects and photos, as well as new designs from the House of Schiaparelli. Remains on display through Jan. 14. 10 a.m., Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. …

  5. Fresh figs take a starring role in this fig cake


    Figs are showy fruit.

    They can't help themselves. Even the plainest, drabbest fig will reveal a scarlet belly, flecked with shimmering seeds, once you take a bite. Whether they're sliced or halved, arranged in a tart shell, on a crostini or just on a plate, there are few visions more enticing. This is why most fig …

    Chopping fresh figs and folding them into cake batter is not something you usually see, but that’s exactly what happens in this recipe for fig cake.