Season 1: The Yarra Sessions

An Otherwise Quiet Room is a video series hosted by and featuring series creator Mandy Connell dueting with and interviewing other singer-songwriters in various social spaces. The Yarra Sessions is the first season and features performances within The City of Yarra, loading gradually onto YouTube since our launch in July 2017.

Sometimes the most magical experiences for a performer are off-stage moments and chance meetings. Connell and her team have created  a run of beautifully set and shot songs, which give the viewer an intimate window into that “Otherwise Quiet Room.” Each episode features a different guest artist who performs three songs with Mandy – one of their own, one cover of another independent artist, and one of Mandy’s.

All the videos have been placed in social spaces devoted to the ritual of sharing time & company.
Yarra’s businesses have been so supportive of the idea, and they have opened up early or stayed late to provide an Otherwise Quiet Room for the filming. No audience is invited. The series gives you just a little footage of each location to celebrate each venue or small business that hosts us, giving cross-promotion opportunities across artists, venues, and the creative team.

Season 1: The Yarra Sessions features:

Bonnie Love @ Some Velvet Morning
Scott Cook @ The Yarra Hotel
Brent Parlane @ A Fan’s Notes
Michael Waugh @ Uncle Drew Cafe
Sarah Carroll @ Labour In Vain
Matt Glass @ Thriving Places
Jane McArthur @ Little Andorra
Girl Friday @ Oh Jean Records

Filmed by Aaryn Robinson and some episodes recorded by Benjamin Campbell, the videos gorgeously capture little moments between Connell and her guests.

The first block in an ongoing series, The Yarra Sessions is a beautiful start to An Otherwise Quiet Room, and was launched on  16 July 2017 at the Yarra Hotel Abbottsford as part of Leaps and Bounds Festival. You can watch a video of the live launch below, featuring Brent Parlane, Matt Glass, Sarah Carroll, and Girl Friday.


Most of the season is now available on our YouTube Channel, or by clicking on individual episodes above.

We wish to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people who are the Traditional Custodians of Yarra, and to pay respect to the Elders both past and present. We have been mindful of including performers from diverse backgrounds, and are aware that there is room for more development.