|Sunday 23 January 2022 @ 02:00pm : -
Mandy, a seasoned writer and performer in both Europe and America, has spent most of her adult life giving in to wanderlust and crafting songs wherever she has happened to find herself on her unconventional journey. Many of them tell stories: about the ups and downs of relationships, about her own and other people's struggles and quests, and about the myriad other twists of fate that have inspired her imagination.
Mandy grew up near Oxford, England, but spent a decade in Austin, Texas, where she sang with fellow singer-songwriter Lara Linette Straughan. After a number of years back in the UK, she made a return visit to the States in 2010, drawn to Nashville, Tennessee, where she wrote several songs with singer-songwriter Terri Calderon. She has since been back to Nashville several times to write and perform.
Mandy has performed in the UK with accomplished guitarist Harry Brzezinski; with Amanda Burgess in the duo Bluebird; with Jayne Ingles in Yellow Rose; with Annie Greig in The Mockingbirds; with the Brighton-based multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Glasson; and with talented violinist Elliet Mackrell.
The title track from Mandy's CD All Along, recorded in London and Florida, earned an Honorable Placement in the International Song of the Year competition, and the following year her song 'Bitter and Twisted' found recognition with GD78 Music.
"I am just blown away! ... [‘Cactus Rose’] is such a beautiful song and the lyrics and music are so captivating... I love your music and your love for animals... the energy I felt after visiting your website was overwhelming." ~ Susan (Sedona, Arizona), 14 July 2020
"Mandy Woods took our breath away with her amazing story telling, delicate delivery and lyrical genius...wow!" ~ Singer-songwriter Gordon McKinney on Mandy’s performance at the Bluebird Café, Nashville, 1 July 2019
"Really inspired me last night Mandy, your songs are so well crafted and the first one [‘Before You’] could have been written for me… A real pleasure…" ~ Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, 15 October 2017
"Mandy’s song about a Grandmother (‘Safe in Grandma’s Arms’) was quite beautiful, but should only be sung in future if boxes of tissues are issued in advance." ~ The Bell Folk Club, Adderbury, 5 September 2016
"And so we came to Mandy Woods. All of her songs were self-penned and her lyrics are poignant, sensitive and clever... I was reminded somehow of Buffy Sainte-Marie ... the depth and belief behind the words. An impressive performance." ~ Uckfield Folk & Blues Club, 14 April 2016