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

Recording... 

Lots of studio activity recently now that the snow has ceased falling--oh, that's right, it really hasn't stopped snowing yet, has it!?

In any event, I've nearly completed work on a full-length collection of jazz standards for Connecticut's sophisticated swing ensemble Cool Struttin'. Look for a release later this spring...

I've also begun recording the Renaissance chamber group the Wykeham Consort. Wooden flutes, classical guitar, viol, percussion and vocals blend to create an unusual, rich sound. You rarely hear anything like this, which is too bad--great stuff!

Chris Berardo and the boys were in for an overdub session, too. They cut some tracks for the Desberardos new project which is being produced in Austin by Reckless Kelly's David Abeyta.

I also am about to have some recording news of my own--stand by, if all goes well April should bring not only flowers (and rain...) but another blog post with details...

Show Cancelled!! 

Anne Marie's show at Best Video tomorrow, 5 March has been postponed due to--you guessed it: yet another snow storm.

Will it ever end?

Watch for this one to be rescheduled...

Solo Show Tomorrow 

Big fun in Sandy Hook tomorrow, Saturday 28 February! I perform solo at the Sandy Hook Suzuki school's concert series. Curtain lifts at 7 PM and I will be joined onstage by several of my best friends, including the incredible singing group Eclipse, guitarist Andy LaFraniere, and the multi-talented Sofia Chiarandini. The school is located at 111 Church Hill Road in Newtown. I understand the show is sold out (!), but if you insist on attending I'll bet you can get in... 

The New Year... 

...starts with a bang: a week of playing guitar in the Waterbury Arts Magnet School's theatrical production of "Smoke on the Mountain" under the musical direction of my man, the brilliant John Mobilio. Then Annette Homann's CD release in Manhattan on the 15th followed the next night with Korey Brodsky at Cafe 9 in New Haven.

Speaking of KBB, look for some studio recordings (and a super-cool video...) to be released in the next month or so...

Also in store: more solo concerts here and there--watch the Shows page for those listings.
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