An Otherwise Quiet Room is a Melbourne-based video series placing artists (songwriters) in local social spaces, creating shared moments where artists, venue managers, and the host can swap songs and stories in an intimate and relaxed setting. Episodes feature interviews and duets between the featured songwriter and host / creator Mandy Connell. Mandy and her…

Newstead Sessions- Skip Gorman

SKIP GORMAN was International Headline artist at Newstead 2019 and rightfully so. A prodigy of Bill Monroe, Gorman was inspired in his early life by live shows from Maybelle Carter Eck Robertson at Newport Folk Festival. Gorman’s albums are chart topping and he is one of the most respected Cowboy Song singers in the world.

Newstead Sessions- Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny talks to Mandy Connell about songs and inspiration, ABC support and his latest album, Kitchen Ballads, produced by Mark Woods near Castlemaine. Filmed at Sarah Koschak’s ceramic studio in Newstead. They mention Miryam Weiner – the potter, who both know through music at the Lomond Hotel, featured in the S2: The Moreland Sessions.

Newstead Sessions- Sarah Koschak Ceramics

Connell speaks to Sarah Koschak about the festival, increased trade, the value to community vitality of the Newstead Live weekend, and hosts episodes featuring Enda Kenny and Skip Gorman- see their individual pages for more info and videos. 

Newstead Sessions- Above The Bit

Above the Bit is Luke Watt and Nigel Wearne’s collaboration: a historical based songwriting project turned into a full length album produced by Matt Walker at Stovepipe Records. The record features backing vocals from host Mandy Connell, and a raft of fabulous musicians including Corinn Strating (Flute), Danny McKenna, (Drums) Steve Hadley (Bass). 

Newstead Sessions- Well Into Winter

Well Into Winter (WOW) is Alex Cameron, participating at Newstead Live 2019 as a member of band The Northern Folk. Connell talks to WOW about songs, performing in a big band and
the shape of this new project. Songs- Gentle Hearts’ and ‘That Same Lie’ by Well Into Winter.

Newstead Sessions- Kelly Skinner (Director)

Skinner’s long history with the folk scene as a flautist and bush band
performer give her a unique advantage as director of Newstead. Alongside her
allegiance to the town, Skinner’s position in the community drives her commitment to encouraging the local community

MCT Sessions – Benny Walker

A Yorta Yorta man from Echuca, Benny Walker is a very successful new blues/roots artist, appearing at sold out shows across Australia. His killer voice and epic tales are mixed with a deep groove and passion for the land. Recent offerings SAVE and Oh No You Don’t shot to No. 1 on the AMRAP charts; the latter earning him four NIMA 2016 nominations and the award for “Best Aboriginal Talent” at The Age Music Victoria Awards.

MCT Sessions – Teresa Dixon

Teresa Dixon is a gorgeous songwriter. Touring and recording as herself, Dixon is also a member of the Dead Maggies, the Stragglers, and a former member of the Little Sisters. 

MCT Sessions – Sally Dastey

We were thrilled to hear Sally chat about songwriting, TIDDAS and the Australian Sound. Mandy suggests to Dastey that her singing style and the success of TIDDAS have changed the sound of Australian women singer songwriters, influencing perhaps The Waifs, Missy Higgins, and many more.

MCT Sessions – Mick Daley

Mick Daley is a gonzo journalist and singer songwriter. Having worked in a variety of bands, Daley is widely known for his work with the Re-Mains and continues to tour with them, as well as Mick Daley’s Corporate Raiders. He is an environmental activist and a regular on the frontlines of protests against fracking…