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

Latin Americana 

My buddy Rick Reyes has conceived of a brilliant musical project: Latin Americana.

We fuse the folk musics of North America and Puerto Rico--check it out...

Watch the shows page for our performances--one of which will be at the the 2022 CT Folk Festival in September.

Autumn Events... 

In addition to all the gigs, a couple interesting events are on the horizon.

I will be conducting 3 songwriting workshops at the Black Bear Americana Festival over the weekend of October 8 - 10--watch the site for more info.

Also in October I will be in the pit band for the Sacred Heart University Theater Arts Department production of "The Other Josh Cohen". This group always presents a great show, watch the site for more info.

Summer Heats Up... 

...temperature-wise and musically.

Among many others I've been performing with 2 of my fave songwriters, bluegrasser Mike Burns and the great Latin American artist Rick Reyes.

Mike has put together a trio consisting of me on dobro and mandolin, Mike, and bassist Lester Wilson. The set mostly features Mike's original compositions plus a few choice covers. This act cooks!

Rick bills his act as "Latin Americana", a melding of North American and Puerto Rican folk music styles. This is something to behold, a bunch of Rick's originals among a selection of covers sung in both Spanish and English. I  play 5-string banjo and mandolin.

Watch the "Shows" page for concert info...


Finally some action: the summer is beginning to heat up--literally and figuratively!

Two performances next weekend and a few more in the coming months.

Watch the "Shows" page for details...

Locapalooza '20! 

I'm happy to say I'll be accompanying two of my fave songwriters at this event on August 29: Anne Marie Menta and Kim Cornell.

Plus I'll be conducting a songwriting workshop in my off time. We'll take a look at what's going on composition-wise with This Land is Your Land.

Hope to see there!

The Covidemos  

Well, it's been a while since I have been able to write a song. I have been occupied working with many superb artists over the last couple years and have lacked the time (and energy...) to be able to devote to writing.

But the last few months have afforded me the opportunity to compose and demo a few tracks. Click on the "Covidemos" link above and take a listen.

Here's one from the collection...


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