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


...this week: Friday with One Way Track at New England Brewing, Saturday playing bluegrass at Castle Hill Farm in Newtown, and Sunday in NYC at Arlene's Grocery with Nick Depuy to celebrate the release of his new CD.

More Chili... 

My second chili cook-off in one week: this one at Pinkney Park in Darien at noon Saturday with the Still River Ramblers (sans G...)

The Sunday Buzz... Cafe 9 this weekend: Ann Marie Menta and I will perform at 4 PM.

Thanks are due to Frank Critelli and the Cygnus Radio crew for making this series happen--see you there...

Ben Fest 

This coming Saturday will be a gathering of community-minded musicians in honor of our late friend, Ben Freed. Mike Burns, Michael Rosenthal, and the great Westchester Bluegrass Club are to be commended for all the hard work they dedicate to this event. This year's bill will feature Tony Trischka and Michael Davis performing as duo--not to be missed! I'll be with G Rockwell and the Still River Ramblers.


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Newtown Arts Festival 

This weekend the Americana Project can be found at the Suzuki School's tent. We'll be demonstrating our craft from @ noon or so, stop on by and see about signing up for instruction...

The Americana Project 

I am excited to announce that I have joined the staff at the Suzuki Music School in Newtown. They have just opened up a new division, The Americana Project, which offers lessons on the stringed instruments associated with all forms of music native to the United States. Learn guitar styles, fiddle, mandolin, and banjo to be able to play blues, country, bluegrass, and all things Americana.

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The Birdmen

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Cafe 9, 250 State Street, New Haven, CT

A special event celebrating 30 years of the Local Bands Show on WPLR and commemorating the music of one of the original hosts, my late-great friend James Velvet. The show starts at noon with a bunch of great acts including The Big Fat Combo and Christine Ohlman. We hit in the vicinity of 2:30.