About September: Mandy Connell / Mark Curtis and the Flannelettes
Connell voice has a startling honesty. Ringing out across an audience, there is no mistaking her tortured strength & the command in her presence. Former front woman for the Stray Hens, Connell is every inch worthy of her hand made (Jack Spira) guitars. Between tours, she presents a web series called An Otherwise Quiet Room, featuring duets with Liz Stringer, Kylie Auldist & Gallie, among others. AOQR highlights her love of story & melody, the folk tradition.
David Francey (CAN) calls her one of his "favourite trad voices anywhere". Eric Bogle & Judy Small commend her ability to weave songs into her own narrative. Each show comes to life for curated audiences who come to listen. Connell performs in a timeless, captivating style.
Winning the Declan Affley Award (National Folk Festival) in 2005 and the the Maldon Minstrel Award (Maldon Festival) in 2006, Mandy came second at Port Fairy’s Songs of Peace and Tolerance Competition in 2006 for her song ‘Riots in Redfern’.
She has 2 albums and an EP under her own name, 2 releases with Stray Hens, and one collaborative release with the Maggie Darlings called The Wishing Well. A seasoned performer, Connell is never quite the same twice. You’ll be hooked.
Mark Curtis and the Flannelettes
Mark Curtis spent his teens in Adelaide’s blue-collar northern suburbs devouring 60s Brit pop and 90s grunge, before bombing out of high school due to an undiagnosed and obscure learning condition. In a quest for truth, he embarked on an existential odyssey of introspection comprising of monastery meditations and squat house psychedelic jams.
With his new band, The Flannelettes, Mark, a gifted multi-instrumentalist who has played some of Adelaide’s biggest festivals, including WOMAdelaide, Scouted and The Adelaide Fringe, has managed to cram his eclectic life and influences into under 3 minutes of quirk-pop gold on ‘Round Meal’, a track that has shades of 90s Australian indie favourites Custard, Regurgitator, Little Red and Even and lyrical themes similar to Triple J favourites Tiny Little Houses.
So drive on up to the first window and grab yourself a tasty treat that, for once, won’t leave you with buyer’s remorse.
“Mark Curtis and the Flannelettes bring tonnes of witty banter and fun, indie folk-rock jams to the space. Their songwriting is compelling and clever, and locals might recognise some favourite spots in the lyrics.” Scenestr