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

Two Good Ones This Week... 

...the first on Thursday: it's the return of Bluegrass & Beer at the Acoustic in Black Rock.

This time we wish my good buddy G Rockwell a fond farewell as he departs for school in September. He'll be picking a bunch along with a host of our friends, music starts at 8.

Then on Friday it's the Birdmen at Best Video. We'll be debuting a couple of my new compositions there.

Cool stuff coming up in September--will announce those shortly...

The Great American Songbook... 

...will be featured this coming Thursday as Cool Struttin' takes to the patio at Bethel's Putnam House.

Then on Friday it's Goldrush outdoors for a free concert in Brookfield at the Park & Rec complex.

Sunday I join Eclipse at the VFW in Newtown for a 1 PM show outdoors on the Patio.

I had a great day at the Podunk Bluegrass festival last weekend. It was an honor to accompany the great Frank Critelli on stage for his performance which was received rapturously. 

Well done, Frank! Let's do it again...

Podunk 

This coming Saturday I take to the Acoustic Stage as sideman to the great Frank Critelli. Our set commences at 1:30.

BTW: my act won the band competition there in 2010...

The First Week of August... 

Lots of doings this week: Monday is Goldrush rain-or-shine in Thomaston; Tuesday is G Rockwell & the Still River Ramblers in Black Rock; Thursday it's the Nameless Trio at Best Video; and Saturday sees G & the Ramblers at Daryll's House in Pawling. Details are on the Shows page--see you there...

In the works... 

Interesting stuff on the radar: this weekend it's the 4-man Nameless Trio(?) at the Soule Homestead concert series in Middlebourough, MA.

And in August I'll be performing at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival, the Acoustic in Bridgeport for the return of Bluegrass and Beer,  plus Darryl's House; September at the Ives Center in Danbury for a very special event; Cafe 9 in September, too, for another big one.

Details to follow--stay tuned, stay cool, see you on the scene...

The Old Town Hall Band  

On Friday this group of exceptional musicians will perform an outdoor show as part of the Arts on the Lake Summer Concert Series at the Arts Center in Kent, NY. We will feature a number of tunes we have played on the Flagpole Radio Cafe in addition to a few choice nuggets. This one is always a highlight of the season.

The Nameless Trio? 

The four-man Nameless Trio hits it at the Sitting Duck Tavern in Stratford this coming Thursday. We'll be there until midnight or so, come on by...

Music This Week... 

Lots of performances in the days ahead: on Thursday I debut with swingsters Cool Struttin' at Bethel's Putnam House. We will be performing a couple of my compositions on that show, too. Friday I return to Best Video in Hamden with Ann Marie Menta. Saturday is a private event, and on Sunday afternoon it's Bluegrass and Beer heroes Phantoms of the Opry at the the Strawberry Festival in Monroe.

That's a lot of songs to learn!

Barroom Bluegrass 

This coming Thursday it's Lost Dog at My Place in Newtown. Enjoy picking, pizza, and a fine selection of beer in a cozy environment.

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!

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The Korey Brodsky Band

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Charles Ives Center, Danbury, CT

A very special event with headliners Bella Fleck and Chris Thile performing as a duo.