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 www.facebook.com/richardfneal.

Shows This Week 

The Birdmen tonight at Outer Space, and on Saturday at the Great American General Store in Seymour. Get into the spirit of things at these great venues...

Farewells... 

Last week I bid final farewells to two close friends who also happened to be superb musicians: John Redgate and Paul Triff.

One of the nicest guys you would ever meet, John was an accomplished songwriter and player who appeared on Broadway in Beatlemania playing the Paul character to Marshall Crenshaw's John. John also worked for a number of years as the house pianist at LA's Comedy Store. John died after a long struggle with cancer.

Paul was my roommate on the road for years as we traveled through the US as members of Chris Berardo's crew the Desberardos. He also toured extensively with the likes of Rick Danko and Mick Taylor, to name a few. He was also one of the funniest people I ever knew.

May you rest in peace my brothers...

Labor Day weekend... 

Finds me twice at New Haven's Cafe 9: on Friday the 4th with the Birdmen (Johnny Java, John L, Johnny Memphis plus special guests Frank Critelli, Calvin DeCutlass, and Chris Bousquet) and again on Monday the 7th as part of the band supplying music to Nilsson's "The Point". See you there...

This Week... 

Couple of interesting shows on the horizon: our monthly event at The Acoustic in Bridgeport takes place this coming Thursday 27 August. It features the renowned musical alchemist Stacy Phillips and the Bluegrass Characters. This is some fine trad bluegrass played by guys who really know what they're doing.

On Sunday the 30th I take the stage with Chris Berardo and the Desberardos at Westport's Levitt Pavillion. It's been a couple years since I've joined forces with the fellas and I am way excited to be back in the mix.

See you there...

Summer's End... 

...Is the beginning of the harvest season: lot's of fresh produce and good music. I'll be at my favorite performance space, Best Video, this coming Friday, 21 August with 3 great fiddlers, Howie Bujese, Tahlia Cott, and Sofia Chiarandini. Gotta hear these guys, what a sound!

Couple Cafe 9 appearances: another Birdmen show on September 4th with special guests Frank Critelli, Calvin DeCutlass, and Christopher Bousquet; plus a very interesting date on the 7th: Dean Falcone has put together a performance of "The Point". We will render Harry Nilsson's score to narration. This is an event--hope to see you there...

On the studio scene, I'm in the process of recording a collection of original compositions, hope to have it largely complete by September. I am indebted to my buddy Rex Fowler who is overseeing the project. His input and guidance has been invaluable. Without it this never would have happened--and certainly not as good as it is turning out.

Stand by, more news to come...

Studio notes... 

I just spent two pleasant days in the studio recording one of my favorite acts, The Nameless Trio. Matt and boys cut 3 titles which sound real good. Look to hear those real  soon on the media of your choice...

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.

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