Crew Biographies



Creator and Co-Producer

Mandy Connell is a songwriter and performer from Brunswick. Known for strong, passionate solo shows, she keeps herself motivated and her sound fresh by constantly working on collaborative projects. An Otherwise Quiet Room is her concept.  Designed to benefit everyone involved, the project evolved from a desire to share acoustic songs with other writers in the local area.

Having completed a collaborative record (Maggie Darlings) at Thirty Mill Studios in Brunswick, and started a solo project with Myles Mumford at Rolling Stock Records, AOQR was initially intended to provide entertainment, networking, and current ‘content’ for herself while the new studio project was under way. In 2017 Connell finished up with Stray Hens, a traditional folk outfit which ran for 5 years, recording their eponymous first album in 2012 and a 2016 album with Luke Plumb. An Otherwise Quiet Room combines her skills as singer-songwriter with her developing skills as project manager, and producer.

Her performance and family background is deeply tied to the folk scene, where she developed a respect for stories, and other writers, and everyone involved in an event – right down to the volunteers.

An Otherwise Quiet Room reflects that respect and fully credits the writers, performers, crew and hosts.


Director and Co-Producer
Agostino Soldati Films

Agostino Soldati is witty, accomplished, and worked closely with creator Mandy Connell on The Moreland Sessions. From August 2017 the pair began extensive planning, with Agostino co-producing and directing all 12 episodes. Soldati shaped plans, contributed ideas, working collaboratively from the earliest stages right through to promotional clips, out-takes and a presentation for the live launch.

Soldati is known for creating honest and exciting music videos, short films and documentaries. You can see his work in many areas, including PBS 2018 Drive Live, music videos for Liz Stringer, Kylie Auldist, and filming and editing with Matt Weston (Syndicate Films) on Cosmic Psychos’ Blokes You Can Trust.

His interest in the project shaped The Moreland Sessions into a beautiful combination of documentary/interview and live music video. All episodes were recorded in single takes with a professional sound engineer and shot on two cameras in a different space, later incorporating footage of host businesses shot during business hours, properly showing what the business looks like in full swing.

Agostino’s extensive experience includes work with 360/Gossling, King Cannons, Yung Warriors, Kate Alexa, Harry Hookey, The Drones, Gyroscope, King Cannons, Ricki-Lee, One Dollar Short, Spazzys, The Nation Blue, Nikki Jensen, Dj Dexter, Stonefield, Red Ink, Michael Paynter, Alie Picken, 28 Days, Something For Kate, Blacklevel Embassy, Her Majesty’s Finest, Melbourne City Council, Mushroom Music Group, Purina, Garnier, Telstra, Calvin Klein, Adidas, Wizard Home Loans, City Of Whittlesea.


Graphic Designer
The 16th Floor

Named after a Paul Kelly song, The 16th Floor is run by Craig Kelly (no relation!) and based in Brunswick, specialising in design for the music industry.

Craig previously worked for Melbourne-based artist management agency Heartstop Music, creating posters and all manner of printed and web-based designs for the Heartstop roster including Marlon Williams, Julia Jacklin, Jordie Lane, and The Melbourne Folk Club.

A father of two, Craig is also an accomplished bass player in the Melbourne roots scene, having played with the likes of Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife, The Stetson Family, Rich Davies & The Low Road, Ayleen O’Hanlon, Ben Mastwyk, Steve Boyd’s Rum Reverie, Moonee Valley Drifters, and An Otherwise Quiet Room’s creator and co-producer Mandy Connell.

Craig created the AOQR logo, designed the launch poster, designed and layed-out the book, and revamped the website.


Postcard Artist

The artist behind our lovely thankyou-cards / postcards, erin cox is a life drawing artist, a body-diversity activist, events manager (A+ Plus Market) and a parent.

erin has decades of experience drawing musicians from life. A strong supporter of live gigs, it was at her place that our presenter Mandy Connell finished August Moon – the song featured in our session with Malcolm Beveridge.

With pen and watercolour, cox has contributed artwork from featured stills of our songwriters.


Audio Crew

Abrahams has fifteen years’ experience in the industry with live music, events, teaching and marketing. The guitarist for Mustered Courage (alongside Josh Bridges) and The Excellent Smithers, Abrahams was nominated for an ARIA in 2015 for Best Country Album. A 2014 Golden Guitar winner (Instrumental of the Year), he completed four tours of USA. He has collaborated with Paul Kelly and performed as pasrt of his band at the 2016 Tamworth Country Music Festival. Abrahams has written a #1 song on the Australian Country Music Channel and also has had a song of his recorded by Kasey Chambers.

Julian recorded audio for our episodes with Joyce Prescher at Golden Bowl Books, Kylie Auldist at The Spotted Mallard, Rowena Wise at Bee Sustainable, and Gallie at The Foundling Archive.


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Josh Bridges is a Melbourne-bred musician, sound engineer, faux-draftperson, teacher, badge-producer and stay-at-home dad. He performs regularly with Golden Guitar winning and ARIA nominated band Mustered Courage and has also performed with such Australian icons as Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers, Ian Moss, Sara Storer & Shane Nicholson. Josh’s career as a musician has brought him to stages nation-wide in Australia, U.S.A, New Zealand and New Caledonia.

Josh recorded our session with Van Walker at True North.


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Collings is behind independent label Crackbell Records. Initially he developed audio skills to make recordings more possible for underfunded jazz projects he was working on.

A brilliant drummer, Phil fronts the ‘Phil Collings Trio’ and works with recognisable names such as the Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Zulya Kamalova and with The Flaming Mongrels. Like many of our crew, Collings is a caring father, too.

Crackbell Records boasts an exciting and diverse calibre of recording musicians across a number of genres, further contributing to the label’s ethos in keeping its music catalogue fresh and genre-expanding. The label’s vision is about aesthetics captured in the right musical environment to create the most unique real-time compositions. Based in Melbourne, it currently focuses and supports genres relating to jazz, instrumental, classical, orchestral, and the experimental.

Phil recorded our sessions with bandmate Malcolm Beveridge at the Lomond, Farmer Em at Joe’s Market Garden, and Khristian Mizzi at East Elevation.


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Herman – musician/composer/producer/sound engineer – has a background as a classical and contemporary musician. A graduate of RMIT’s audio engineering course (Cert. IV) in 2009, he went on to work in the film and TV post-production industry for Australia’s largest and most highly awarded sound post production company, Soundfirm (2010). He currently spends his time between the studio & live concerts and is sort after to be involved in a diverse array of musical projects – from major festivals around Australia to recording and mixing albums and EP’s for some of Melbourne’s finest folk and world music acts.

Mischa recorded our session with Liz Stringer at VICSEG New Futures Creative.


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Ray does regular engineer work for the Lomond Acoustica Wednesdays (previously at the Clifton Hill Hotel) and has a long history with the music scene of the inner north, for starters. He has engineered at Port Fairy Folk Festival, produced community television programs and is a well-known keyboard player. He says he’s now over 65, so part of every job is having fun. He has an exceptional and positive attitude. Between work and looking after his grandkids, Ray has been doing a lot of jamming on bass and keys.

Ray recorded our session with Monica Weightman at Moroccan Deli-Cacy.