Lucky Lucky February:
In October & December I was working a lot of hours in the Bar. Since then I have had a bit of a re-think- the bar work was eating into hours I was able to work on the music. I still love the hospitality work. But I want to play and rehearse and I need to sleep sometime…
2016 so far sees Mandy Connell playing more shows than ever with the Stray Hens, recording albums with three different projects, working on a series of YouTube collaborations, and playing supports for Vin Garbutt (UK) Scott Cook (Canada), David Francey (Canada, vocals on the new D.F. Album) & Michael Waugh (Melbourne, Album Launch).
The Mandy Connell Trio so far seems to have had no space, but the videos produced last year by Agostino Soldati and Myles Mumford were brilliant. Really got great responses from all over, and got several hundred views on Facebook alone.
This year we (my amazing team of friends and colleagues) aim to finish a new album: “Girl Who Fell Off the Wall”. Working with Ryan Tews, and a bevvy of talented musicians… it’s sounding great so far. But it’s an apt name considering it has taken 4 years to complete The last album, “Tall Tales & Pretty Colours” was released 6 YEARS ago.
A series of collaboration videos (done acoustically in Coffee shops) is also in the works, together with an album from the Maggie Darlings- Alysia Manceau and Layla Fibbins, which started as a week-long side project and got out of control…..and of course the new Stray Hens album, produced and engineered by Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty).
I am fueled by support from Jack Spira Guitars, LaMoor Automotive, The Troubadour Foundation, and the amazing people who continue to come to shows and share the recordings around online.
Big thanks to all for your interest and support so far this year. It’s gonna be a good one.