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BIOGRAPHY

As a songwriter, Linda Mizzi, based in Katoomba in the NSW Blue Mountains, covers a lot of territory, and she does it with considerable and occasionally quirky charm. "Of course, music is far more porous than genre-definers would have us believe, and such is the case with her music" - Predominantly a folk singer songwriter, Linda does let her muse wander where it may. Her influences are as diverse as Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones and even the late Doris Day.  Linda performs as a solo artist but is usually joined by her band;  Alexander Keller - on bass guitar, Ian Neil Morrison on drums and percussion, Stephen Waters on lead guitar, and Michelle Morrison on Piano Accordion.  Additionally, Simon Crosbie sometimes accompanies herself or the full band on harmonica and backing vocals - no stranger to her music, Simon has recorded on Linda's last two albums.

Her newest album titled REAL PEOPLE was released in 2018 and received a number of reviews and airplay - in Europe, the US and the UK. 

As a songwriter primarily, Linda continues to write almost daily - conveying messages and her observations of life through her songwriting.  Linda and the band are currently working on a new album to hopefully be released in 2019.  

ALBUM REVIEW by Michael Smith

Independent 

(Jazz/Folk/Americana)

As is obvious from the above, as a songwriter Linda Mizzi, based in Katoomba in the NSW Blue Mountains, covers a lot of territory, and she does it with considerable and occasionally quirky charm. There’s this little “catch” in Linda’s voice too, which gives it the slightest of Joplin feels, such a contrast to her otherwise clean, clear tone. Of course, music is far more porous than genre-definers would have us believe, and such is the case on Real People. Linda lets her muse wander where it may, even allowing herself a little rock in ‘Mademoiselle’, a song that sees her band finally cutting loose. Perhaps most surprising, however, is her supple, low-key and totally “un-rock” arrangement of The Choirboys ‘Run To Paradise’, her accompanists subtly adding just the right colouration, bringing into focus something of the ache that underlies the song. It’s the only cover on the record and one of three that doesn’t feature drummer and percussionist Lindsay Tebbutt, who, as it happens, played on the original version. Linda will be showcasing her album at the Folk by the Sea Festival in Kiama 21-23 September.

MICHAEL SMITH

ALEXANDER KELLER

BASS GUITAR/CELLO

Alex’s love of music began at an early age, learning piano at age six, and cello in his early teens. In his late teens he started to dabble with the bass guitar. As a cellist, Alex performed with the Sydney and SBS Youth Orchestras and toured throughout Australia, Asia and the South Pacific region. He was also the cellist for the SBS String Quartet.

Alex began his career as an Audio Engineer in 1996, teaching at JMC’s Academy of Audio Engineers, and opening up his own recording studio the following year with his business partner and friend, Alan James. Alex began working for the Wiggles in 1998 and since then, has recorded and mixed over 20 Wiggle’s albums and toured all over Australia, USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand, UAE and Asia. Alex has also been the Front of House (FOH) engineer for the Cockroaches reunion shows, Greg Page and the TCB band (Elvis’s Band, both in Australia and Vegas), Bindi Irwin and the Crockmen for G’day Australia in L.A and New York, among many others. Alex has also mixed albums for Portico, Hobo Grace, The Soul Movers and Jimmy Barnes children’s album, Och Aye the G’nu.

As a bass player, Alex has performed with the Wiggle’s Big Show, Over 18’s, iTunes, with Jamie Oliver and on Rove Live. Other performance highlights have been with The Cockroaches(charity event), Hair Healers (Cockroaches support band featuring Emma, Lachy and Anthony Wiggle ), Graft, The Bagatelles, Bo Ho Soul and with Fabba, which have toured Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and all over Australia. Alex has been The Wiggles session bass player since 2009. Other musician recording credits include The Soul Movers, Jimmy Barnes Och Aye the G’nu, Jodie Gillies, Portico, Hobo Grace and Graft.  

Alex runs a successful mixing suite in the Blue Mountains and composes music for film and television with fellow multi instrumentalist, Vince Pace (Graft Productions).

Alex has performed with Linda Mizzi since the middle of 2016. In such a short time, there have been many highlights including; Hotel Blue (Katoomba), Holly May’s Tea and Coffee House (Windsor), Mesa Barrio (Lawson) and the Maldon Folk Festival. The coming months is looking exciting with a new CD and performing at the Gulgong Folk Festival in December and the Blue Mountains Music Festival in March 2018.

IAN NEIL-MORRISON

DRUMS/PERCUSSION

Ian's first influence was Ringo's water colour drumming with the beatles, but like most drummers he loved the flash and power of Keith Moon and Mitch Mitchell.  

For the last 15 years Ian has worked mostly  in acoustic based bands - in particular 'Lime and Steel', a Blue Mountains based band which was predominantly Blue Grass.  'Lime and Steel' recorded 4 albums and played many festivals around the country.

In the folk scene Ian developed his skills on brushes and spoons!  - and became no stranger to some of the late night sessions on the festival circuit!

Ian likes working with songwriters and trying to enhance the song, not just through beats, but textures and colours.  In many ways he has gone back to his first influence - Ringo - working for the song and the lyrics.

Ian and Linda have known each other for over six years and he has always supported her as a singer songwriter. Ian performed with Linda in her earlier bands - playing drums and percussion...and for the odd song.... 'the spoons!'.  Linda recently asked Ian if he would like to join her again on her new venture! 

STEPHEN WATERS

Stephen has been playing and recording in the Sydney music scene since the late eighties and has played guitar with original bands; The Pressmen, Desert Boot, The Whippersnappers, and The Lime Spiders - and Bass guitar with The Margot Smith Band, Platonic and Duster.

He’s also worked extensively with Wayne Tritton doing acoustic guitar sets and round table sessions throughout Sydney.

Recently he’s played bass guitar in Johnny Habitual, a covers band based in the Blue Mountains.

Stephen currently plays with Paper Sun, an original instrumental soundscape band and The Winstons, a covers band and sometimes acoustic duo.

As a member of PS productions he helps organise, and plays in, one off musical tribute events such as Life on Mars (David Bowie), Get Your Ya Ya’s out (Rolling Stones) and Learning To Fly (Tom Petty) featuring Blue Mountains artists and Beatlefest, an annual Blue Mountains event held the night before winter magic.

Stephen’s playing covers many diverse styles.

MICHELLE MORRISON

Michelle Morrison has recently joined the band - bringing more colour to some of Linda's songs with piano accordion. 

Predominantly being a keyboard player, Michelle only took up piano accordion a few years back - her beginnings saw her joining in sessions at many of the folk festivals with her friends and her husband Ian, who plays drums for Linda Mizzi.  She  now performs with Linda and the band at festivals, local gigs and other events.

ALBUM REVIEW by John Hardaker

Posted: May 27, 2018 

Like many communities outside the main urban centres, the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, has long had a thriving and self-seeding music scene. Artists as diverse as hip hoppers Hermitude and DIY roots wizard Claude Hay have sprung from the Mountains musical melting pot.

Linda Mizzi is a Blue Mountains singer-songwriter who, over a relatively short time, has come to the attention of festival audiences local and interstate. Her debut album, Real People, will doubtless expand her audience with its honesty, charm and simple gifts.

These twelve songs are written and sung very much from the heart. They are songs of everyman’s (and everywoman’s) blues – songs of longing, pain, joy and going down that road again.

Beautifully captured by Alexander Keller, who also plays bass (and sundry incidental instruments), the songs are allowed to breathe in their own atmosphere, rollout under their own sky. The musicians Mizzi has assembled have perfectly realised the nuances of her melodies and stories with intuition and balance, never cluttering or cloying the performance.....

Wordsaboutmusic John Hardaker

SIMON CROSBIE

HARMONICA

At a young age, Simon was inspired by harmonica players, Larry Adler and Max Geldray, and was given his first harmonica for his 9th birthday. Before car radios were common, he would play all the popular show songs of the day on holiday drives with everyone singing along.

In his 20’s, he started dabbling in blues harp, but it was in The Blue Mountains in the early 80’s that he started playing more Blues, initially casually with a few friends, “Los Trios Chokos” and then, along with John Stuart, Greg McClain and Dave Crestani, formed “The G Men.” They toured Australia for 15 years, played at the Byron Blues Festival, and released their popular CD of original music, “Red Dirt Blues.”

Simon played with the band “Hobo Grace” back in  2013 and 2014 and more recently sits in with the “Mountain Jazz Trio,” - having played at the Merimbula Jazz Festival now for 3 successive years. He currently performs with Linda Mizzi and her band - and has recently recorded on her album, “Real People.”

LINDSAY TEBBUTT

LINDSAY TEBBUTT RECORDS DRUMS/PERCUSSION  FOR THE 'REAL PEOPLE' ALBUM - THANK YOU TO A GOOD FRIEND AND A GREAT MAN!

Lindsay Tebbutt is a drummer/and vocalist - who occasionally likes to pick up a guitar!  As the long time drummer for The Choirboys – (the Australian hard rock band from Sydney who formed in 1978) – he is no stranger to the Australian music scene. The band whose set-up saw many changes went on to release 8 studio albums from 1983 to 2007. Their 1987 single 'Run to Paradise' remains their biggest commercial success.

Lindsay is based in the Blue Mountains and is well known amongst musicians in the mountain music scene - performing with many bands, tribute outfits and guesting at various events.

Lindsay has known Linda Mizzi for nearly 8 years and has been performing with her on and off for the last 4 years.  He collaborated with her and other band members on the songs for the 'REAL PEOPLE' album – recording drums and percussion for the majority of the tracks.  

ESSENTIAL 8 INTERVIEW

The Daily Country.com are based in Austin and NYC - and Linda was privileged to be included in their 8 Essential Questions Interview.  Please click on link below foreword.

"Based in Katoomba NSW, Linda Mizzi blends folk, jazz, and blues - along with life experience - into her own unique style which can be heard on her latest album, Real People (May 2018). Here, she answers her Essential 8 where she talks Patti Griffin and Rickie Lee Jones, shares the story behind her album's title, and much more."

thedailycountry.com Essential 8 Linda Mizzi

Linda Mizzi “Fisherman” a song for the lake during summertime

Written by Ian McFarland from itsnotrecords.com - posted October 3, 2018

'FISHERMAN' Review

YORK CALLING, UK REVIEWS TRACKS FROM REAL PEOPLE ALBUM

York Calling is an international music and culture blog based in York, UK. Their mission is to put York on the international music and culture map through promotion of the local scene and connecting with artists across the world. Through sharing tracks from across the world and promoting nearby events they aim to provide you with all the creative news you need. 

A big thank you to the Managing Editor, Jane Howkins for reviewing four tracks off the Real People Album.

Please click on link below: 

YORK CALLING, UK DISCOVERY LINDA MIZZI

The 'REAL PEOPLE' VIDEO filmed and directed by Zac Agius

Thanks to everyone involved. Special thanks to Hotel Blue Katoomba for the use of their function room. Band members: Linda Mizzi, Stefano Cosentino, Alex Keller, Ian Morrison, Simon Crosbie, Sonja Keller and Lindsay Tebbutt.

Video by Zac Agius Video Enquiries - Email: zac.agius@hotmail.com Instagram: @zacagius_

Filmed on the traditional land of the Gundungurra and Darug people.

Please click on link below:

REAL PEOPLE VIDEO, LMizzi & Band

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