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

Funnel Clouds... 

...hit the area hard, no power or running water, dangerous roadways, fallen trees and wires, cancellations abound, back to normal soon...

2 Shows... 

On Thursday we convene for bluegrass at My Place in Newtown, and on Saturday we celebrate the birthday of my great friend Anne Marie Menta with a special "in-the-round" show at Best Video in Hamden.

Hope you can join us...

Backroom Bluegrass... 

This coming Tuesday, May 1, we conduct our bluegrass open jam/open mic at My Place in Newtown. All pickers welcome--at 8 sit in the backroom for an acoustic picking circle, then step into the barroom for an open mic later on.

See you there...

The Flagpole Radio Cafe Orchestra 

On Saturday we appear in concert at the Meeting House in Newtown. It will be an evening of high-spirited music with appearances by special guests David Wheeler and Cadence Carroll. 

Obtain tickets on the "Shows" page.

The next couple of weeks... 

...will see some interesting events: a performance in Boston at "Berklee in the Round" on April 10; shows in the DC area with Nick Depui the weekend of April 13; and I'll be interviewed live on radio WSVX Indianapolis by my Berklee buddy Penny Lane Diersing on Wednesday, April 18.

Going nationwide!

Bluegrass & Beer 

Tonight, Thursday, March 29, we assemble yet again at the Acoustic in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, for another session in this long-running series. We have been meeting for 18 years, why stop now?

See you there...

Local Bands Anniversary 

On Sunday at Cafe 9 we throw a bash celebrating the 30th year of a venerable institution, the long-running "Local Bands" show on WPLR. Against all odds, Rick Allison, the late James Velvet, and recently Frank Critelli have hosted this broadcast which only features local artists on the playlist--on a commercial radio station no less! 


Big day in store: brunch at noon; special listening spots before the live music; Birdmen at 2; Big Fat Combo at 3; Jim Chapdelaine and Christine Ohlman at 4; plus guest appearances by all manner of fine artists.

Not to be missed...

St Patrick's Day, and more...  

This coming Friday I join my great friends Eclipse for their annual St Patrick's day concert. It's a 7:30 showtime at the Suzuki school in Sandy Hook.

And on Sunday it's the next event in the Stockbridge & Berry Present series, this week featuring Chicks 'n Synch. They will perform from 1 - 3 in the showroom at 142 Main St North Southbury.


I'm proud to announce I was selected to appear at Berklee's songwriter showcase "Berklee In The Round" on Tuesday, April 10.

The event takes place at 7 PM at Berklee's performance venue, Cafe 939, on Boyleston St and features 4 or 5 writers chosen by the faculty of the songwriting department. Conducted in an "in the round" configuration like that of Nashville's Bluebird Cafe songwriter sessions, each writer performs 4 or 5 titles over the course of the evening.

To have been chosen is a real honor, I'm thrilled to be part of such a prestigious event...

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Previous events


Ann Marie Menta

Best Video, 1842 Whitney Ave, Hamden, Ct

We celebrate AMM's birthday at our favorite listening environment with a special in-the-round/AMM band show. AMM will be joined by Lys Guillorn, Shellye Valauskas, Mark Mirando, Bob Csugie, et moi.


Richard Neal with The Birdmen

Best Video, 1842 Whitney Ave, Hamden, Ct

The make up date for the March show--we'll try again to perform a set of material projected to comprise my next release.

Our fave performance spot--intimate and listener friendly, beer and wine available too...

Richard Neal at "Berklee In The Round"

Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston, MA

I am thrilled to have been selected by the songwriting department at the Berklee College of Music (where I am studying the art...) to be a featured performer at this prestigious event. I will be joined by 4 other writers in an "in the round" setting. FB event here:, and the live stream link here:


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 event starts at noon with a bunch of great acts including The Big Fat Combo, Jim Chapdelaine, and Christine Ohlman. The Birdmen hit the stage at 2 PM.