Solo, Trio, or fronting the stunning ballad outfit Stray Hens, Mandy Connell is unmistakeable. Support and fabulous reviews from Judy Small, Paul Brady, Eric Bogle and others, it is easy to see why the Aussie folk songwriter is so well recognised. Playing gorgeous Jack Spira (Cockatoo) guitars, a Graham McDonald mandolin, and using her expressive voice in a tortured and distinctive style, Connell derives a sound all her own and yet… identifiably “folk”.
Winning the Declan Affley Award (NFF) in 2005 and the the Maldon Minstrel Award (Maldon Festival) in 2006, Mandy was nominated Port Fairy's Songs of Peace and Tolerance Competition.
“Saw Ms Mandy Connell sing and play at Australia’s National Folk Festival. A great talent, passionate and compelling voice and a total command of her music! Catch her if you can”..Paul Brady
“One of my favourite trad voices –anywhere!- David Francey