If Kate Bush had balls she might sound like this. With wholesome sassiness and musicality reminiscent of Doris Day merged with Rickie Lee Jones, Linda delivers melodic, eclectic 'quirk-pop'. Spacious, groovy and organic.
Linda’s musical alley is not dark and foreboding. It's the sort of alley you may find traces of Doris Day, Dusty Springfield, the Andrew Sisters and Ella Fitzgerald. It's a place Rickie Lee Jones and Tori Amos might meet for a drink and have a jam. It would have lots of colour and funky little chairs and cafe tables. And you could sit in that alley for hours listening or chatting, or reading a book. In fact, make yourself at home!
Linda’s 'left-of-centre' pop recipe is flavoured with musical theatre and jazz. With a background performing in diverse ‘musical kitchens and cultures’ including musical theatre, rock bands, soul and pop covers bands and choirs, partakers have offered such descriptions as “silk to the eyes, ears and throat… the audience love her as she is warm, friendly and vocally wholesome …. A complete package.” (Iain McGuire, Artistic Director of Mad Cow Theatre Company)
Based in Sydney, Australia, in the last few years Linda has performed under her own name as well as moonlighting with a group called “The Bettys” performing covers for parties and corporate functions. As part of the “Santa Bettys”, a Christmas incarnation of the group, Linda has performed on ABC statewide radio in NSW Australia, singing an inventive a Capella rendition of Ray Charles’ arrangement of Jingle Bells.
Linda Wood has also lent her musical and theatrical talents in recent years to “Leader of the Pack” (Central Coast production), “Downtown” (a musical tribute to the 60s pop scene in Britain) “Straight Up Rogue” (a jazz revue) and “Back to the 80s”.
In September 2006 Linda worked in New York directing the vocals for “Angels” (see www.angelsthemusical.com or www.myspace.com/angelsthemusical), a workshop production staged at the Duke Theatre on 42nd Street at Time Square*. Linda played a supporting character role for the recording of this production in Sydney (July 2006) as well as writing most of the vocal arrangements and conducting the studio ensemble.
Throughout 2008 Linda lived in the UK. Performing at several local pubs around the Southwest of England during that time and receiving air play on BBC 6 “Introducing with Tom Robinson”, Linda made a few connections that enabled a summer 2009 return to the UK for the Celtic Blue Rock Festival and a few more gigs at smaller local venues.
Linda is currently writing material for her next album.
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