Aren't we all a little odd?
This question is posed on a t-shirt at the merchandise station during the April 7 show with Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folk. The answer is: oh yes. Yes, we are!
The band stopped in Brooks during their current tour, headlined by husband and wife duo, Whitebird. Now, if you aren't familiar with Lauren's music, get out from under your rock immediately. They call Pender Island home now, for for a few years, they were the pride of Brooks - most famously winning the CBC Searchlight competition with their most recognizable hit "I Lost Myself" (come on, I know that you're whistling the intro/outro just reading that title!).
Since Searchlight, they've gone through some changes, with moves progressively further West, and in their line-up. Last year, Lauren has been somewhat quiet, but a new album due out this summer will change all that.
The band even performed some new material in Brooks at the Tumbleweed Theatre stage, and a David Bowie cover as well.
As I mentioned, Whitebird opened for Lauren, toting their 3-track EP with them as they tour. Matthew and Sherry Ann Des Roche simply perform beautiful music. Insightful lyrics with profound meaning and fantastic melodies are a tie that binds their blossoming repertoire. We will no doubt be hearing more music from them soon, perhaps some insights from this adventure on the road with the Folk.
As always, it's a lovely experience to be part of a LMATFOF show, especially when they bring their Pender Island friends to the prairie. An added bonus was the Tumbleweed space, which feels like a living room (complete with a comfy couch) setting.
More awesome photos to come - keep watching the RyKie Images & Events Facebook page!
Update: Here's a gallery from Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folk plus Whitebird. You can buy a print from this site (processed by our pro lab and delivered to your door). All profits from the prints you buy go right back to the band so they can make more music for us to enjoy!
Another Update: Some of our images from the Brooks show ended up in the April 15 edition of the Prairie Post! Better pick up a copy soon, they're going fast!