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

The Clearwater Festival 

I'll be MCing the Family Stage at this year's festival which takes place on 20/21 June. This is too cool! Such a great organization and cause, I'm proud to be a part of it. Check the  Clearwater site for all the details. Hope to see you there...

Soundtracks... 

My great buddy the multi-talented Dean Falcone recorded my mandolin for a couple of soundtracks he's scored: "A Dog Named Gucci" will be released in June and features some very interesting musicians and singers. We also worked on the delicious project "Pizza, a Love Story", a documentary about the history of pizza in New Haven which is slated for release in 2016. Yum-my!

Updates... 

Apologies are due for being behind on some things: we had to postpone the May 2nd show at the General Store due to illness and scheduling complications involved with James's passing. We hope to reschedule this show soon...

Speaking of which, his memorial concert on the 3rd at the Outer Space was one of the most moving events I've ever been involved with. Massive thanks to Rick Allison and Frank Critelli for their heroic efforts in making it possible, and to all who attended to honor the memory of our late friend.

James Velvet 

My great friend and collaborator passed away on Friday 17 April of complications from heart surgery. He was a talented, sophisticated, intelligent man and I relied on his wisdom to make sense of my messy life. Our community of musicians has lost a towering presence and is forever poorer for it. The grief is heartfelt and widespread. I miss him more than I can ever express. All the love to Nancy...

Anne Marie Menta concert tonight... 

I'll be accompanying Anne Marie, Mark Mirando, and Bob Csugie at Best Video in Hamden this evening, 8 April. We hit at 8 PM. Anne Marie will debut a couple new tunes and will be joined by special guest artist the wonderful singer/songwriter John Redgate. See you there...

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... 
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