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

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...

Stockbridge & Berry Present... 

My friends Kim and Erick are hosting a concert at their store, Stockbridge & Berry, on Sunday, March 4.

The show starts at 1 PM and features Brad and Bob of Cinnamon Sky performing as a duo.

Stockbridge & Berry is located at 142 Main St North in Southbury, CT.

The next show in the series will take place on Sunday, March 18 at 1 PM featuring Chicks 'n Synch.

More details about Sunday's show here:


...with the Birdmen this coming Friday, 2 March, at the sublime listening space that is Best Video. 

I'll be performing a bunch of new material projected to comprise my next collection of original material.

Speaking of which, check out the video of one of those, "Red Brick Housatonic River Town" on the video page.

And a bazillion thanks to Matt Miklus and Aim D'Amaro for the incredible job they performed in producing this vid. 

I am forever grateful and in your debt...

The Roar of the Grease Paint... 

I join the faculty and students of the Performing Arts department at Sacred Heart University to play guitar in the pit band for their production of the play "Be More Chill".

I'd say attend--but it is sold out for the entire run of two weeks (Feb 15 - 26). Contact the box office in case of ticket holder cancellations...

A Couple of Shows... 

This week it's the Avielle Foundation event at the Edmund Town Hall on Thursday, and Friday with Anne Marie Menta at Best Video.

See you there...

The Old Church Concert Series 

This coming Friday I accompany my great friend Anne Marie Menta at The Old Church Concert Series in Rocky Hill, CT. This is a great event, a listener-friendly concert in an acoustically flattering room--big thanks to Mike Wilcox for making it all happen.

The Sunday Buzz... 

...presented by Cygnus Radio and Cafe 9--January 14, 4 PM, a very special show featuring the brothers Berardo: Marc Douglas and Chris, plus yours truly.

An honor to be with these fellas, always...

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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 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.

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. More details to follow (live stream address, FB page, etc...)