Richard Neal is a Connecticut based multi-instrumentalist (banjo, guitar, mandolin), recording studio operator, producer, session musician, stringed instrument teacher, songwriter, and performer

Shows, Shows, and More Shows... 

This week I twice take to the stage with the 4-man Nameless Trio: on Thursday it's in the bar at the Sitting Duck Tavern in Stratford, and on Saturday night at the Outer Space in Hamden. We will be appearing there with bluegrass titans 5 in the Chamber.

2 shows for me on Friday: the first with the Korey Brodsky Band in Woodbury at Mill House Antiques and Gardens for a fundraiser for the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, then a hustle during Friday rush hour to join the Birdmen at Hamden's Best Video.

Labor Day weekend indeed!

The Korey Brodsky Band 

This coming Saturday, May 21, Korey brings his group to the Suzuki School in Newtown for a 2-set show beginning at 7:30 PM. Visit the band at facebook/thekoreybrodskyband and the school at www.newtownsuzuki.com for contact and ticketing info.

Barroom Bluegrass & In-the-Round 

This week you can hear Lost Dog's barroom bluegrass at My Place in Newtown on Thursday night. On Friday I join Anne Marie Menta and Glen Roethel for a songwriter-in-the-round session at Best Video in Hamden. We hit at 8 PM. I'll be performing selections from my new CD "A Step Up" in addition to trying out a couple new ones. You can purchase your very own copy of that CD there, too...

Korey Brodsky featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine 

Read about my good friend Korey in this month's edition of the magazine: 

http://www.flatpick.com/category_s/1973.htm

Korey is an exceptional talent deserving of such wide recognition--and look for more to come from this artist, he is about to begin work on his debut recording project to be produced by legendary singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards.

Korey's band will be appearing in concert on Saturday, May 21 at the Suzuki Music School in Sandy Hook, CT. See the "Shows" page for details.

Visit Korey on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008449036566&fref=ts

Locapalooza! 

This coming Saturday, May 7, make your way to Three Saints Park in Bethany, CT to attend this great gathering of friends and musicians. Things get underway at 10:30 AM and continue throughout the day.

For you facebookers: https://www.facebook.com/events/1520936294887422/

Big thanks to Aim D'Amaro for making this--and so many other cool events happen.

See you there...

Shows this week... 

On Thursday evening @ 9 PM it's the Nameless Trio at Stratford's Sitting Duck Tavern, and Saturday sees the Flagpole Radio Cafe return to the Edmond Town Hall theater in Newtown. Aztec Two Step join us a guest artist. Curtain is 7 PM. And on Sunday afternoon the Birdmen come to roost for a matinee show at Cafe 9 in New Haven. That's a 4 PM downbeat.

One Voice 

I also am honored to have played mandolin on the track "One Voice" produced by my friend Dean Falcone. It is from the soundtrack of the documentary "A Dog Named Gucci" and features the talents of a who's who of recording artists including Norah Jones, Aimee Mann, Neko Case, Susanna Hoffs, Brian May, among others. All proceeds are to be donated to several animal rights organizations.

I understand they planned to release a few different versions of the track, one featuring only the acoustic guitar and mandolin.

The official release on vinyl is Saturday, April 16 in celebration of Record Store Day. This link gets you to the Facebook Record Store Day page:

https://www.facebook.com/RecordStoreDay/

The track is also available for download at iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/…/al…/one-voice-single/id1077025931

 

The Endless Highway 

I had the great pleasure of appearing on the HAN network show "The Endless Highway" that was recorded yesterday. It will be netcast on Monday, April 18.

Huge thank you to host Rich Patchkofsky for extending the invitation and conducting an interesting interview. I'm very grateful for this excellent opportunity.

Follw this link to learn when it will be streamed, expect it to be scheduled soon: 

http://live.han.network/schedule/

Here is a youtube link to Love Struck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8LEq-C1dGI

Thanks again Rich for everything you've done...

Best Video IndieGoGo Fundraising Campaign 

Our friends at Best Video are nearing the deadline for this, we have until the end of the week of April 4. Any help goes a long way to insuring this valuable resource can continue offering up its superb roster of live performances.

Here's the link--please contribute, and thanks in advance!
 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/best-video-film-cultural-center-a-cultural-jewel--4#/

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May27

The Birdmen

Best Video, 1842 Whitney Ave, Hamden, Ct

The B-Men migrate back to their favorite roosting spot for another evening performing the music of James Velvet.

May28

The Nameless Trio

The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St, Hamden, CT

The Nameless Trio will consist of 4 members (?) for this one. Also appearing on the Bill is the excellent bluegrass outfit 5 in the Chamber.