"A guitarist of eclectic sensibilities and delicate technique. His music circles the globe in imagistic compositions." -Kimberly Hass, "Echoes" Executive Producer

"...the acoustic guitar player infusing his original melodies and Indian scales with a Celtic lilt." -John Diliberto, PRI radio host

"Michael Mandrell is a stellar guitarist and composer who strums your soul, transporting you to the vast, edifying and whimsical depths of your imagination.  He is a purely riveting, distinctive and mezmerizing performer." -Ric Sharette, Music Director, Salt Lake City, UT 



Notes From the Road


It's such a lovely time now in Portland and the rest of the Pacific Northwest with the promise of spring in the air and a fantastic year of music ahead. I just recently arrived back after about a year long sojourn to my home state of Texas after the passing of my mother back in March 2017, which was not unexpected due to her failing health, but still a vast and profound change in our family's life. So I spent the summer and fall in Houston closing up shop on our family home, grieving, writing new music, connecting with dear friends and going through our family's history and of my own childhood. So as they say one door closes and another opens.

My trip there and back again and the months and miles in between were full of lovely events and many adventures, including getting to perform a couple of concerts with the world famous Evergreen Chorale in Colorado, and as always some great house concerts and guest appearances at some of my favorite churches. Throw in my first trip to Ireland, acquiring a couple of new guitars from Stephen Marchione in Houston, attending the NAMM show in LA last month, and working on a new recording project with old friends David Michael and Benjy Wertheimer, and I'd call a quite a full and inspiring year. 

May you find the same in your upcoming year and perhaps I'll see you down the road or on the other side of the hill!



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Upcoming Concerts & Happenings

Portland House Concert with Jenny Bird

Private Residence - RSVP Required, Portland, Or. 97218

We’ll gather at 6pm and music will start around 7pm. The evening will start with a wine and cheese potluck so feel free to bring something to share at the table, light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP with your name and the number in your party via text or voicemail to 503-936-1428, or email michaelmandrell@earthlink.net. Your RSVP will be confirmed and we'll send the location address. $15-$20 suggested donation.

It’s been a while since the stars lined up for both of them to be here at the same time, but they finally did for June 24th. Jenny is an amazing guitarist and singer/songwriter from Taos, NM., one of Michael's old homes. They performed together for quite a few years and he's delighted to be joining her again for a short tour starting right here in the Pacific Northwest.

Here’s what one concert host experienced: “With their two beautiful acoustic guitars and dynamic vocals, their show is a fun and intimate world music adventure. Together they find a sacred groove, a powerful message and the wild heartbeat of mystic rhythms.”