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Olenka and the Autumn Lovers

Olenka and the Autumn Lovers formed in early 2008. The band, fronted by Polish singer/songwriter Olenka Krakus, has a sound that mingles a strong Eastern European influence in both lyrical and melodic form, with elements reminiscent of North American country and folk music. The band’s diverse instruments (cello, violin, accordion, trumpet, saxophone, lap steel, mandolin and glockenspiel) provide a unique musical backdrop to Olenka’s sophisticated, often narrative, form of songwriting. Influenced by her memories of Communist Poland and by the country’s folklore, Olenka investigates themes of social injustice and personal responsibility, populating her songs with melancholy outcasts from both Polish and Canadian landscapes.

2008 saw the band release three albums, including Warsaw Girl (a 6 song EP of half-solo/half-arranged songs), a self-titled full-length (11, fully-orchestrated, Eastern-European influenced pieces), and Papillonette (a 6-song EP of classic folk and country inspired melodies and narratives).

In addition to these releases, 2008 witnessed O&AL embarking on two fairly extensive tours of Central and Eastern Canada and the Northeastern U.S. In May of 2009 the band toured east again and will be returning to the Maritimes in October.

The band has received extensive CBC and college radio play. All three of last year's album's have been topping local campus charts since their releases. The self-titled album won the CHRW local-album of the year for 2008. Several songs have also been licensed for film projects.

Festival appearances in 2008 included North By North East, Home County Folk Festival, and the LOLA Festival (London Ontario Live Arts festival). 2009 Festival appearances include/will include NXNE, Pop Montreal, and Halifax Pop Explosion.

O&AL’s music has been compared to that of Beirut, Wilco, Cat Power, Gillian Welch, Gogol Bordello, Tom Waits and The Arcade Fire.