January is a month of learning and development (an omen for the course of the year I hope) joining other projects and learning new tricks.
Wed Jan 25th. Caravan Music Club Oakleigh (Vic)
Mandy joins choir ‘If You See Her Say Hello‘ at the Caravan Music Club. the choir will perform three original songs as a support set, then get up and sing with the headline act, Hat Fitz and Cara.
‘If You See Her…’ Is made up of Melbourne women songwriters and performs original work from each of them. It’s a great honour to be asked to join, and an even bigger one to get to join the babes in backing the incredible Hat Fitz and Cara for their dirty blues and gospel inspired work.
Bookings strongly recommended as this will sell out. It’s advisable to book a table / dinner as seating is limited for ticket-only punters
Jan 26, 27, 28 – Newstead Live! Music Festival
Joining Dingo’s Breakfast (Le by John Angliss and Roger Montgomery ) for their Australian history inspired show of story songs. This is a bit-part really – it’s not a ‘Connell’ show as you might expect to see her. Check out the links for more info on Dingos Breakfast.
Toubadour Weekend- 10-13 March
The event is held on the Labour Day weekend every March and usually attracts a full house of around 150 people. Consequently booking is initially by invitation, which means that priority is given to people who have attended before, and their friends, and if all tickets are not taken by the end of November it is then opened up to anyone. Phone 03 54 255400
email us facebook Andrew Pattison Burke & Wills Winery
89 Coombes Lane Mia Mia 3444 Vic Australia
EASTER: STRAY HENS PLAY THE NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL (ACT)
Sunday July 24th 2016: Yarra Hotel Abbottsford, 5pm-8pm.$10
Trio (again with Claire Johnstone on violin and Craig Kelly on bass), playing with te Old Married Couple & James Hickey & the Fairweather Riders (SA).
The afternoon will be 3 acts that will bring a smile to your face and warmth to your chilled Melbourne Bones
Facebook Event: https://web.facebook.com/events/1091840344213702/
Sunday July 3rd: Bar Open (Fitzroy), 7pm. $16.35
Appearing at Leaps & Bounds Festival- Bar Open, Fitzroy. 7pm. With Claire Johnstone on violin and Craig Kelly on bass. Also performing are Matt Kelly (Mayfair Kytes, Ghost Orkid) Coda Chroma, and Saltwood. We strongly encourage ticket sales ($16.35) through the below website:
Friday May 27th- Duckpond House Concerts in Healesville with the Trio (Craig Kelly- and Carmen O’Brien (Stray Hens) standing in for Claire Johnstone)
Fri April 8 – Under the Hills Hoist. 2 solo sets on a hillside in Wodonga, framed by the amazing stage set up by the Under the Hills Hoist Crew.
Wed April 13 – Solo house concert with Catgut (duo) and Rebecca Bastoli.
Thur April 14- porch light sessions at Petersham Bowls Club with Caroline Trengrove and Miriam Lieberman.
77 Brighton St, Petersham, Sydney, Australia 2049
Sat April 16 – SOLO @ Michael Waugh’s CD Launch! (Melb, VIC)
Solo, with Matt Glass- supporting Michael Waugh The Melbourne Folk Club at Bakehouse Studios
April 22-25- SOLO @ St Albans Folk Festival (NSW)
Travelling from Sydney to Wisemans’ Ferry you cross the Hawkesbury River on the Webb Creek Ferry and meander through the McDonald Valley to historic St Albans on the McDonald River.
The Webb’s Creek Ferry Road is now sealed all the way to St Albans.
There is an alternative route via the Wisemans’ Ferry – it is largely unsealed but may be more suitable for long vehicles because of the sharp turn & decreased width of the St Albans Bridge.
Fri Mar 11- DUO (Myrtleford, VIC)
Sat Mar 12- with BAND (Myrtleford, VIC)
Wed Mar 16- SOLO with Scott Cook
Thurs Mar 17- Stray Hens at Bendigo Festival of Cultures
Fri & Sat Mar 18 & 19- I Feel Like Goin Back
Part of Ayleen O’Hanlon’s “I Feel Like Going Back” Feat:
Rich Davies, Jeff Lang, Cat Canteri and others
Local musicians Ayleen O’Hanlon, Mick Thomas, Charles Jenkins and more will return with their show Goin’ Back after a sell-out performance of their show I feel like going back at the Darebin Music Feast last year. Moreland songwriters Jeff Lang and Alison Ferrier, Kim Salmon and Mandy Connell will join the show to perform songs inspired by the local history of the area.
Sat Feb 6 – Stray Hens play the Golden Vine Hotel (Bendigo, VIC)
Sat Feb 13- Joe’s Garden (at CERES )
EARRRRLY 10am, 34 Edna Grove Coburg
Thur Feb 18– Stray Hens play Open Studio (Northcote, VIC )
Facebook Event Here ($10 Entry)
204 High St, Northcote 3070 (86 Tram line)
Sat Feb 20- Stray Hens play Bonnie Doon Music and Busker Festival (VIC)
Sun Feb 21– SOLD OUT!!!!! MANDY CONNELL SOLO
Wed Feb 24- SOLO at the Spotted Mallard with VIN GARBUTT
Feb 26-28– Stray Hens play Cobargo Folk Festival
Sun 29 November – Standard Hotel Fitzroy, 7pm-9pm, Free Entry
30 October – 2nd November – @ Maldon Folk Festival
Sun 4th October: 11.20am with Stray Hens at Federation Square – part of the Victorian Seniors Festival.
3pm Solo- @ The Lomond Hotel, part of Frank Jone’s fundraiser for RILK- Refugee assistance.
30 October – 2nd November – @ Maldon Folk Festival
Sun 6 Sep: Mandy Connell Solo – with Kate Crowley and Michael Waugh. Heidi Museum of Modern Art. 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen VIC 3105: T (03) 9850 1500
Wed 9 Sep: Mandy Connell with Ben Smith and other guests. Maori Chief Hotel 8pm. Free Entry
117 Moray St, South Melbourne VIC 3205 : (03) 9696 5363
Wed 30 Sep: Mandy Connell, Monica Weightman and Mitchell A. Power. Clifton Hill Hotel. 8pm, Free Entry
89 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill VIC 3068 : (03) 9489 8705
67 Smith St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, (03) 9416 3439
Thurs 2nd July- Post Office Hotel- Free Entry – 8pm- A Trio Gig with the accomplished Carmen O’Brien on Fiddle (Rapskallion, Revenants) and Craig Kelly (Tracy McNeil Band) on Bass.
Wed 17 June: Clifton Hill Hotel with Wayfare. Free Entry, On First, with Richard Grace and Lindsey meldrum of Wayfare
Thurs 18th June: The Writers Block at the Lomond Hotel. With Liz Frencham, Bill Jackson, Frank Jones, Pete Fidler, Suzette Herft. 8pm, Free Entry
Sat 20th June: Word Music Day at Bar Oussou. 7pm
Sat 27th June, To Have & To Be Exhibition, Brunswick.
Sunday 17th May Standard Hotel, Fitzroy, Free Entry, good food, 7-9pm,
293 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy. Mandy Originals sets with a band- Richard Grace on Double Bass, Fred Holden on fiddle, Ryan Tews on Drums. https://www.facebook.com/standardhotelfitzroy?fref=ts&ref=br_tf
2-6 Apr National Folk Festival (STRAY HENS)
Friday 17 April Mofo, (Sydney) wth Rebecca Bastoli, and Fat Cousin Skinny (Half of Oh Pep!)
Monday 20 April Retreat Hotel, with Tom Ciccone
24-26 April St Albans Folk Festival (SOLO, NSW)
5-8 Mar Port Fairy Folk Festival with Stray Hens (VIC coastal)
Wed 18 Mar Melbourne Folk Club, STRAY HENS With Breabach $25
Thur 26 Mar HomeGrown House Concert wth Mtchell A. Power and Lachlan Stuckey ($15)
Sat 28 Mar Wesley Anne Front Bar- Duo wth Fred Holden- Free
Sun 29th March Anstey Village Better Block Party, 3.30pm Free- Mini-Festval
In a little corner of Brunswick in Melbourne Australia, big things are afoot! The community is coming together to make a better block, to combine partying with social change and to craft a shared and sustainable vision for the hood.
Carbon Arts is partnering with the Moreland Council to celebrate the history and future of this most excellent place by working with the community to bring out local talent and locally driven ideas that could change the world.
A simply marvellous day of adventure and fun awaits! All welcome. There will be collaborative street painting, live street art, exhibitions, installations, a solar sound system, a free lunch by Open Table (yes, there is such a thing!), adventure walks, a treasure hunt, market stalls, workshops and forums. But above all there will be greenery as the Better Block party literally creates an alternative vision for transforming a concrete jungle into an urban forest.
The event website contains all the details of what’s on offer. Prepare to be amazed: http://ansteybetterblock.tumblr.com/
Wed 4 Feb Spotted Mallard with Tom Ciccone
Wed 11 Feb Bar Oussou with Tom Ciccone
Thur 19 Feb Drunken Poet with Tom Ciccone
Fri 20 Feb Post Office Hotel with STRAY HENS (Tom Ciccone Support)
Wed 25 Feb Clifton Hill Hotel with Tom Ciccone
27 Feb -02 March Nannup Music Festival with Stray Hens Trio (WA)
15-19 Jan Illawarra Folk Festival (with STRAY HENS)
Wed 21 Jan Kelly’s Sessions- Healesville
Thurs 22 Jan Mandy Connell Songs at Post Office Hotel
Tues 27 Jan Retreat Front Bar- Supporting Damon Smith
Sat 31 Jan Retreat Front Bar with Tom Ciccone
5-7 Dec Folk Rythm & Life w Stray Hens (VIC)
http://www.facebook.com/bilyanarocks / www.bilyana.com
Tues 23 Dec Old Bar- Supporting McAlpine’s Fusiliers
Wed 24 Dec Some Velvet Belles- Some Velvet Morning, Free 8pm
Wed 19 Nov- 10pm Free- Clifton Hill Brewpub
Sun 23rd Nov- 4-6pm Free, Banff Cafe in St Kilda
Wed 26th- Private Party
31 Oct – 2 Nov Maldon Folk Festival (VIC) with Stray Hens
Fri 14 Nov Commonground Festival (VIC)
Sat 15 Nov Activist Arts Festival, Melbourne
Sun 5 Oct Bar Piccolo, Eltham, 4-6pm
2a luck st, Eltham vic 3095
Wed 8 Oct MELBOURNE FOLK CLUB.
with ANDY WHITE, CAT & CLINT. 40 Minute Set- $20, 8pm
Fri 10 Oct One Man Guy – Songs in the key of Loudon Wainwright III (Part of DAREBIN MUSIC FEAST!!)
Take a whiff on me that ain’t no rose! A troupe of Melbourne songwriters present a scribbled napkin of original music inspired by the alarming and disarming ramblings of Loudon Wainwright III.
Curated by Nigel Wearne, featuring Jim Green, Mandy Connell, Damon Smith, Kate Crowley, Sally Taylor & special guests. Expect a hearty bazaar of inquisitive songwriting and unique interpretations of Loudon Wainwright III.Join us for the 2nd installment of Nigel Wearne’s ‘Songs in the key of…’ Series. Last year’s ‘Beautiful Blue – Songs in the key of Tom Waits’ was a huge success and close to a sell out! Bookings are highly recommended.
Tickets $15 full/$10 concession + bf ($1.30) on sale 9AM, Friday 22nd August 2014. Get in quick to avoid disappointment!
Book through www.trybooking.com/99853
For more information visit www.nigelwearne.com
24- 26 Oct Dorrigo Folk Festival (NSW) with Stray Hens
31 Oct – 2 Nov Maldon Folk Festival (VIC) with Stray Hens
Sat 2nd August, Australian Folk Alliance Convention, Lunchtime, Included in FAA convention tickets
Fri 05 Sep Solo at Caledonian Hotel (Wonthaggi on the Coast) VIC
153 – 155 Graham St Wonthaggi
Sat 06 Sep Maldon Folk Festival Showcase TramstopBar
Entry $20/$15 Enq: firstname.lastname@example.org or (m) 0404 069 019, www.maldonfolkfestival.com
Wed 10 Sep Retreat Front Bar Supporting Nigel Wearne,
7.30 to 8.15pm, Nigel on at 8.30. Free. 280 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
26-28 Sep (SOLO) Wallaby Creek Folk Festival (North QLD)
Sat 23 Aug Stray Hens at Private Party
Sun 24 Aug Three Crowns Hotel, 6-8pm, Free
365 Victoria St, West Melbourne VIC 3003
Wed 2nd July, Spotted Mallard, Billy Abbott’s Birthday, 8pm Free
Friday 4 July, Selby Folk Club with Stray Hens Trio: $20.00
Saturday 5th July, Spotted Mallard, supporting Mustered Courage, 8.30pm, $20.00
Sunday 13 July, Post Office Hotel, 4.30-6.30pm, Free
Sunday 20th July, Bar Oussou, 6pm, Singer Session, informal, all welcome, Free
Sunday 27th July, Bar Oussou, 6pm, Singer Session, informal, all welcome, Free
Sun June 22nd, Three Crowns Hotel, North Melbourne, 6 to 8pm, Solo, Free
Sat June 21st, Yarra Hotel Abbottsford, 9pm, Free, Stray Hens gig
Wed June 18th, Mandy & Rowena at CERES, 9AM- 12 NOON- MORNING WARNING!
Friday 13th June, Caledonian Hotel, Wonthaggi
Wed June 11th, Some Velvet Morning, Solo.
(Three sets on offer, also playing solo are Loni Rae and Rowena Wise)
Sun June 8th, Barpiccolo, Eltham, Solo, 4-6pm, Free
Sat 31st- Post Office Hotel, 9pm, with Stray Hens
Wed 28th– Maori Chief with Ben Smith, Free, 8pm
Wed 21st, 8pm, Somewhere Bar, Chapel Street St Kilda, Free
Monday 19th, 7-7.30, Acoustic Night at the Branch, St Kilda, Free
Sat 17th– Warburton Harmony Festival with Stray Hens
Thurs 15th, Quiet Place with Stray Hens, also Feat Enda Kenny, $20, Theatre Royal
Friday 4, Tarkine Benefit Concert with Sal Kimber – Bar 291 (formerly the Noise Bar)
Saturday 5 ———–Stray Hens Album Launch!!!!!!!!! Yarra Hotel, Abbottsford. 8.30pm Free entry but pls buy an album
Saturday 1st- Private Birthday in Healesville
Sun 2nd- God’s Kitchen, Solo, Free (Mornington Peninsula)
Thursday 13, with Stray Hens- Supporting RORY MCLEOD at the Spotted Mallard ($15-$20) bookings recommended for dinner Sat 22, These Machines Cut Razor Wire. Solo with house band. At Bella Union Bar, $20 at the door, $18/$13 prebooked– bookings recomended
Wed 26, Solo at Whisky Wine & Women, the Drunken Poet, Free, 1 set at 8pm. North Melbourne
Thurs 27, Bar Oussou (nr corner Albion & Sydney Rd) 8pm Free (Solo)
Thursday 20, Star Hotel Yackandandah with Stray Hens, Free. Not part of programmed, festival. I didn’t get in.
Saturday 22, These Machines Cut Razor Wire, with house band. February 2014
Saturday 22, Wombat Orphanage Bushfire Benefit- https://www.facebook.com/events/367812656691712/ lomond Hotel, By donation
Wednesday 26, Clifton Hill Hotel
Sunday 23 Support DEBORAH CONWAY in Castlemaine, 1pm, Theatre Royale Courtyard.
*Newstead Live! Music Fest Jan 2014
*Cygnet Folk Fest Jan 2014
Thursday 7, Lomond Hotel, 9pm, Free, Seated, Kitchen Closes at 9. (Stray Hens band)
Friday 8, Yarra Hotel, 9pm, Free, seated mostly, kitchen closes at 9. (With the Stray Hens)
Friday 15, Wesley Anne Hotel CYGNET FF LAUNCH! we’re on at 8.30. (with the Stray Hens)
Sat 16, Lomond Hotel, 9pm, free, seated mostly, kitchen closes at 9.(with the Stray Hens)
Sun 24, Banff Cafe, Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, 5-7pm SOLO
Sat 30, Belgrave End of the Line Festival, early afternoon, Earthly Pleasures Stage. with the Hens
Sunday 1, Edinburgh Castle, 4.30 pm Free – with the Stray Hens
Thursday 12, Post Office Hotel, 9pm, Free, seated mostly, kitchen closes at 9. with the Stray Hens
Friday 13, Yarra Hotel, 9pm, Free, seated mostly, kitchen closes at 9. with the Stray Hens
Sunday January 12- Post Office Hotel, 4.30pm, Free, seated mostly.
October 2013 Thursday 10, Lomond Hotel, Free 9pm, seated mostly, kitchen closes at 9. Saturday 26, Abbotsford Convent, 2.30-3.45 Guitar Makers Festival, with Sal Taylor Saturday 26, Ediburgh Castle with Full band Stray Hens, 9pm, Free September 2013: Sat 28, CERES Organic Market, 9am-12noon. Sunday 22, Wesley Anne, Birthday Bash, with Sal Kimber & the Rollin Wheel, Brooke Russell, etc- 12.30-1pm Saturday 21, Supporting 'A Beautiful Change', Free, at the Yarra Hotel Friday 20, BV's for Les Thomas' CD Launch 'Survivor's Tale'. Thornbury Theatre. Ticketed
Thurs 1st- Free- Lomond Hotel as a Trio with Stray Hens
Friday 2nd- Ticketed- Thornbury Theatre as Trio with Stray Hens supporting Mae Trio EP Launch ‘housewarming’.
Wed August 21- Free- Racecourse Road Flemington, for Clifton Hill acoustic sessions (Cliffy Still being renovated)
July 20th- Duo with Fingal at Thornbury Theatre supporting Samara Wilson’s EP Launch. Ticketed
1-2 June- Stanley/Beechworth Modern Pioneer Songwriters Festival (4pm Saturday)
Fri 7th- Sporting Club Hotel- with some Stray Hens, 8-11pm, free
Sat 8th- House Concert/Party, Warburton.
Fri 14th- Solo at Wesley Anne Front Bar- 6-8pm, free
Frid 21st- Stray Hens (no drums) at the Yarra Hotel.- 9-11.30, Free
Wed 26th June, 9am-12 noon, CERES Organic Market. Free
2nd May – Empress Hotel, with Courtney Robb (SA) and Queen & Convict (Stillsons).
4th May with Stray Hens – Bendigo Bash for @ Mhairi’s Birthday
8th May- 9am-12 noon- CERES organic Farm and Market….
10th May- Supporting Lindsey Meldrum, 8pm at Brunswick Community House, for her EP launch. Yay!
12 May- The Yarra Hotel, Abbottsford, Free – performed as a trio with Stray Hens girls Rowena Wise & Sally Taylor
22 May- Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill, Free, 8pm, performed as a trio with Stray Hens girls Rowena Wise & Sally Taylor
29th May- Acoustic Sessions (Formerly Clifton Hill) in Flemington at the Quiet Man, WITH Nick Charles, from 8pm. Free, hearty Irish Food.
Friday 5th April, Post Office Hotel, 9pm. Tex Perkins Hotel. Amazing food, fabulous staff.
Thursday 11th April, Lomond Hotel, 9pm Free Sunday 14th April, Seven Sisters Festival, 2pm, Women only. Ticketed event. http://www.sevensistersfestival.com/
Sunday 14th April, Thornbury Theatre. These Machines Cut Razor Wire Benefit. See website and FB- I am singing a ‘Change is Gonna Come’. 6.30pm Ticketed event. https://www.facebook.com/events/149479275204116/
Saturdays in March, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, Edinburgh Castle on Sydney Rd- Residency with support acts, 8pm- Free
3rd March, Sydney Road Street Party 12.15pm- Free
10th March, Some Velvet Mornign with Matt Green and Damon Smith and the Quality lightweights. (No quality lightweights on stage this time, this is an intimate round robin from three strong songwriters. Get in early as we may be full!!)- 4-6pm Free
photo by Ryan Tews 2012
Thursday 7th February at some Velvet Morning!! Free
Wed 13th February, Quiet Man Hotel with Kavisha Mazzella and Alanna and Alicia Egan Band. Free
02 January, Wesley Anne Front Bar, Free, 6pm to 8pm. Bring your hangover, The Beer is Good.
07th January, Old Bar, Unpaved Songwriers Sessions #5 (event on FB) $5 on the door, cheap beer, Damon Smith, Mandy Connell and Matt Green
Australia Day Weekend- Newstead Live! Music Festival
December 2012 26-31 Dec, Nariel Creek Folk Festival, participant group (there are no stages).
02 Dec, Commonground Festival, Message Festival for Details (Regional, Near Seymour)
October 2012 Thurs 4th October Wesley Anne Front Bar- 6-8pm, FREE Sunday
14th October the B. East, Lygon Street East Brunswick, 8pm- Free as Saffron Avenue
Wed 17th October, Clifton Hill Hotel, Acoustic Night, I’m on last at aroudn 10pm – Free
Thurs 18th October Wesley Anne Front Bar- 6-8pm, FREE Friday
19th October John Curtin Hotel, Supporting Paper Street Soap Company!! – Cover charge
Wed 24th October Drunken Poet on Peel Street North Melbourne, 9pm I’m on last- Free
Sat September 15th, my 30th Birthday gig with Saffron Avenue at WESLEY ANNE!!
Wed 12th: Clifton Hill Hotel, with Thomas Vecera
Thursday 2nd August: Lomond Hotel, Saffron Avenue band Gig. 9pm, Cnr Nicholson & Blyth Streets, East Brunswick. —————————————- —————————–
Sun 8th Drunken Poet- as Saffron Avenue- from 6.30pm
29th : Simba Sessions, Clifton Hill with Nigel B Swift 100 Hodgkinson Street, Clifton Hill, Victoria, Australia Melway Ref: 44 C2
Sat 23rd: Edinburgh Castle, Dark Ales Album Launc
Wed 2oth: Clifton Hill Hotel with Dan Hall
Thur 7th: Saffron Avenue Launch
6th May Unpaved Presents: Solo, with Alison Ferrier and Marcel Borrack
20th May Melodica Melbourne: Trio(Richard & Lindsey), with Tali White, Shannon Bourne, etc.
April 2012 Sundays in April (Except Easter): Residency, Edinburgh Castle Brunswick Easter:__________________________ National Folk Festival March 2012 Sun 25th IDGAFF bar, Collingwood, Trio with Richard Grace Feb 2012 Jan 2012 ****************2011******************** Feb 2011 Wed 2 (2011)- Drunken Poet Hotel, Whisky Wine & Women Wednesday