Laurel Brauns

Laurel Brauns

BandFolk

Combining current college pop & indie-americana with the haunting melodies of Cat Power and Sinead O'Connor, her voice is an arresting, powerful force." -Performing Songwriter Magazine.

Biography

"She has, like Erin McKeown, a voice that knocks you over with a little bit of carnival mania. Or maybe she’s like Regina Spektor, with a range that’s wonderful, but full of angles, jagged edges, nooks and crannies. You can live inside of that voice."
Sam Pfeifle - Portland Phoenix

"New Hampshire native has released two striking albums that showcase a soaring voice with claws like Kristen Hersh." - Chris Dahlen, Pitchfork
"Definitely one of the strongest efforts I've worked on this past year - elegantly arranged mondern folk/pop with a dash of 70's songwriters influence..."
-Jeff Salzman - Producer (Stephen Malkmus, The Standard)

Shared the Stage With:
Matt Pond PA, The Wood Brothers, Greg Brown, Geoff Farina, Patty Larkin, Matt Costa, Tara Jane O'Neil, Winterpills, Tom Brosseau, Reclinerland, Rose Polenzani, Casey Deinel, Jason Anderson, Barn Burning, Elivis Perkins, Peter Mulvey, Mike Merenda & Ruth Ungar (The Mammals), Tigersaw, The Hotel Alexis, Grace Potter, Hot Buttered Rum, The Willard Grant Conspiracy

Notable Venues:
The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH
Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH
Palace Theater, Manchester, NH
Higher Ground, Burlington, VT
The Space, Portland, ME
TT the Bear's Place, Cambridge, MA
AS220, Providence, RI
The Red Door, Portsmouth, NH
Pete's Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY

Colleges:
Since 2001, Laurel has played 100's of University performances:
Phillips Exeter Academy * College of the Atlantic * Unity College * Bates College * University of Bridgeport * Daniel Webster College * McIntosh College * Worcester Polytech * MIT * St. Michael’s College * Johnson State University * University of Vermont * University of New Hamphshire * Brewster Academy * Northfield Mount Hermon * Simon’s Rock College of Bard * Wheaton College * Lewis & Clark College * Portland State University * Willamette University * North Idaho College * University of Idaho * Spokane Community College * Gonzaga University * Dartmouth College * St. Lawrence University * Colby College * University of New England * Montana State University * University of Denver * St. Joseph’s College of Maine * Tilton School * McIntosh College * University of Southern Vermont * Plymouth State University * Hesser College * University of Maine * Babson College * Northwest College * Massachusetts Institute of Technology * Williams College * Keene State College * Hampshire College * Milton Academy * Middlebury College * Green Mountain College * New Hampshire Community Technical College * Mount Holyoke Community College * Lesley College

Festivals and Conferences:
In 2006 Laurel was choosen to showcase for NEMO in Boston. In 2005 she was an alternate at the NACA West Conference in Portland, OR and at the Rockrgrl Conference in Seattle, WA. She has performed at NxNW in Portland and the Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival in Alaska.

Other Accomplishments:
*Featured on NHPR's The Front Porch
and NHPR's The Folk Show with Kate McNally

*Producer and host of fifteen episodes of the TV Show "The Coffeehouse" that aired on NH Public Access and featured indie bands and artists from New England

*Emcee of the Hush Hush Sweet Harlot quiet rock music series at the Red Door in Portsmouth, NH. The Monday night series often sells out and has been written up by Chris Dahlen in the Portland Phoenix as well as Pitchforkmedia.com

Full Bio:
Laurel is from a small town in central New Hampshire. This background has instilled in her an obsessive love of the outdoors, and a healthy hatred of vinyl siding and SUVs. For a short time she was a member of the Gunstock Parish Militia, an organization formed to ward off encroaching developers and suburbanites from out of state, but the group soon abandoned monkey-wrenching for drinking, and became a loose association renamed Lovers of Schlitz, or LOS for short.

Laurel is a singer/songwriter whose work ranges from indie americana to quiet rock. She did not sing in a punk band before getting in touch with her sensitive side. She was a trad-music geek in high school, and spent much of her time learning obscure Celtic ballads and raucous Pogues songs. After high school, she lived in Ireland, busking on the street and joining sessions in pubs.

During college in Portland, Oregon, she formed a number of duos and trios, the most popular of which was Queen Anne's Lace, featuring Anna Fritz on cello and Erica McGee on violin. She did her senior thesis on indie labels of the Pacific Northwest such as K Records, Kill Rock Stars, and Sub Pop, then started her own label after graduating. Laurel's first album, recorded in friends' apartments, has sold 2,000 copies and received reviews in Performing Songwriter and other national media outlets. Her second release, Periphery, was recorded and co-produced by Larry Crane at Jackpot! Studios (Elliott Smith, The Decemberists). Jeff Saltzman (producer Stephen Malkmus) mastered the album and hailed it as “elegantly arranged modern/folk pop” and “o

Discography

Closed for the Season (2007) produced by Jon Nolan
Periphery (2003) co-produced by Larry Crane
Swimming (2001)

Set List

Set list is made up of current original songs. Average set runs 45-55 minutes, I usually play two sets at bars, or one at clubs. Cover mostly indie rock songs on the folkier side and I do a short 80's set when I play at colleges.