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Dan Mangan


Song – "Oh Fortune"
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(Co-written with Gord Grdina, Kenton Loewen and John Walsh)

Once a mere fresh-faced folksinger from Vancouver, Dan Mangan now stands at the world’s doorstep. The evolution of his music is instinctively in line with its breadth and sincerity. As his art has developed, so has the story behind its constant and exponential proliferation.

The proof is in the countless European jaunts. U.S. tours with The Walkmen, The Decemberists and Okkervil River. Two performances at England's huge Glastonbury Festival. Multiple trips to Australia. National Public Radio features in the U.S., endless critical acclaim, sold-out theatres across Canada. The 2010 Polaris Music Prize short list nomination for his sophomore album Nice, Nice Very Nice capped a stellar year in which Mangan won iTunes Album of the Year in the singer-songwriter category, a trio of CBC awards and was named XM The Verge Artist of the Year – a high profile honour with a $25,000 cash prize. In February 2012, he was nominated for no less than four Juno Awards.

Mangan and his band experienced life-changing door openings, new challenges and wonderful opportunities across the globe. Indeed, Dan’s musical passport now bears stamps from places – figurative and literal – many artists will never visit.

His current album, Oh Fortune, is a far more ambitious offering than its predecessor. A rich, textured, indie/folk statement that explores the genre’s boundaries with great influence from his band, Gord Grdina (guitar), Kenton Loewen (drums) and John Walsh (bass). There was also a call to Seattle’s Eyvind Kang (Bill Frisell, Beck, Marc Ribot) who helped write the lush arrangements on Oh Fortune. “And yet with all of this amazing musical influence," says Mangan, "I feel like lyrically and song-wise it’s more me than anything I’ve ever done.”

Oh Fortune still shines with those key Mangan components – the gravelly voice, that basic human element – but this time, it comes with a more mature perspective on creative intuition that can only come from years of experience. Written on the road, where Mangan has lived for the majority of the last three years, the songs tackle themes of societal manipulation, soldier shell-shock and urban sprawl with tracks like “How Darwinian,” “Rows Of Houses” and “Post War Blues.” It could be taken as a sad or dark album, yet musically it kicks with more ferocity and tenacity than people expected from Mangan. It debates melancholy while it anticipates incredible moments of glory and victory. It’s not sad, it’s simply honest.

It's an abum infused with Mangan's wit and personality, yet completely distinguished from everything prior. Oh Fortune marks the arrival of a new voice, with world-class charm and a universal appeal.

Performances/news this month
Australian tour

Feb 22 - Melbourne, Northcote Social Club
Feb 24 - Sydney, Notes
Feb 25 - Byron Bay, The Norther
Feb 26 - Brisbane, Black Bear Lounge
Feb 28 - Adelaide, The Grace Emily
Feb 29 - Perth, The Fly Trap


Oh Fortune (2011)
Nice, Nice, Very Nice (2009)
Roboteering (EP, 2009)
Postcards And Daydreaming (2007)

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