"...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
September 10th, 2018
My goodness where did the summer go? It's been lovely to have been back here in my old home in Taos, NM., I played a few great concerts and completed much needed repairs to my old house here. So many good friends from all over came to visit here in the high country, there was no shortage of grilled dinners outdoors and musical jams galore. After much restoration work my little house is looking great and the weather lovely with a coolish hint of fall in the air.
But like the small southbound warblers passing through the trees here these mornings, it's time to migrate. I'll be traveling back to the Pacific Northwest with musical stops all along the way ending with a special sacred service event in Port Townsend, WA. Then finally back home to Portland where I'll spend the rest of the fall and winter composing, performing, recording, teaching and planning my 2019 tours and travels.
So with the east wind to my back I'll be hitting the road in about a week and will be delighted to see you all on down the road and back in the City of Roses.
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Upcoming Concerts & Happenings
Grateful Harmony concert at Unity Spiritual Enrichment Center in Port Townsend
Music, Conversation and Ritual, exploring the sacred with Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil. Grateful Harmony is a wonderful opportunity to connect with your soul and visit those deep spaces you long to feel! Simon welcomes Michael as special guest this month on Saturday, September 22nd, 7 pm. http://unitypt.org/
Evergreen, CO. House Concert
From my awesome host Jan Anderson:
I’m writing to invite you to a house concert by acoustic guitarist, Michael Mandrell. The concert will take place at my home in Evergreen on Sunday afternoon, September 16th. People can start gathering at 3:30 that afternoon, music begins at 4:00 pm. I’ll provide hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages A donation of $15-20 per guest will be greatly appreciated. RSVP to me by email, JanAnderson360@gmail.com
Portland House Concert with Jenny Bird
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.”
Wednesday Night Insight Service
with Gary Skye and Lauri Jones http://www.newthoughtcsl.org/
Live Music Monday at T.C. O'Learys Pub
Fáilte! T.C. O’Leary’s is a small community pub modeled after pubs found in Ireland. We welcome customers with a warm atmosphere, friendly staff, and Irish-inspired food and drinks using local Northwest ingredients. Michael will be joined by Gordo Freeman on Celtic fiddle for some beautiful ballads and firey Irish tunes.
Guest soloist for the 10am Sunday Celebration service. www.unitybellingham.org
House Concert with Kate Moody
Michael will share the evening with piano virtuoso Kate Moody (www.katemusic.com). High on a hill above Bellingham, this is most likely the best house concert location in N. Washington, with awesome views of the Olympic Mountains and Canada. For reservations and directions please call 360-207-4467. $20 suggested donation.
Camus, WA. House Concert
Hosted by Tina Simmons and Will Kitchen
Join us for wine, hors d'ouvres and excellent music on Saturday, April 14th. Doors open at 6:00pm, concert begins at 7:00pm.
Please consider bringing a donation of $15-$20 in honor of Michael sharing his amazing talent with us. We’re going to have a blind wine tasting before the concert, with prizes. You might get a prize for just playing...
Please RSVP to Tina at 707.287.8413 or email@example.com (or on FB)
2932 NW Kent St, Camas, WA 98607-9072, It's just a few minutes drive from Portland!
Guest Soloist at Vancouver Unitarian Church
Guest soloist for the 9:30 and 11:15 am services
Portland Concert with Laura Berryhill and Anton Mizerak
After my long travels I’m delighted to be back in Portland for this gorgeous early spring weather and to be playing a celebratory concert with my musical homies from Mt. Shasta. Laura Berryhill and Anton Mizerak are making a Northwest sojourn for a few concerts and a big thanks to the Portland Center for Spiritual Living for hosting our Portland/Vancouver area show on February 23rd. I love playing with these two, our trio show is an eclectic mix of acoustic world fusion, meditation tunes, Sanskrit chants and many other songs and chants inspired by world cultures. I’ll have a couple of new guitars to debut, and Anton and Laura will bring tabla, Tibetan bowls, keyboards, soulful harmonica, pennywhistle, and beautiful solo and harmony vocals to the mix. Laura also sings in lovely Scottish Gaelic, gorgeous and haunting all in the same breath.
Nacogdoches House Concert with Charlie Rafferty
Celtic musician and Uillean Piper Charlie Rafferty will join Michael for a fun filled house concert with special guest Charlie Jones on fiddle. Hosted by Craig and Michelle Smith at their home in Nacogdoches in East Texas. Please call or text 936-554-7280 to RSVP for their address or to get more information. $15-$20 sliding scale donation.
Houston House Concert with Charlie Rafferty
Leave the Holiday Bustle behind and spend an unforgettable evening with two World-Class Musicians in the Willowbrook area in N. Houston. We'll gather at 7pm and the music will start around 7:30. If you feel so inspired please feel free to bring snacks or drinks to share at the table. Some wine, drinks and refreshments will be provided. We’re asking a donation of $15-20/sliding scale for the show to support these fine artists. To inquire about seating availability or to RSVP for the address to the house concert location please Call or Text Doris at 817-247-2132, or email Damsp6@hotmail.com
Guest Soloist at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hidalgo County
For more info. visit http://www.uufhc.org. UUFHC is a spiritual community of religious liberals coming together in fellowship to seek truth and to promote our common interests. It is also a fellowship which celebrates the presence and participation of people of all races, cultures, spiritual beliefs, and sexual orientations
Ashland House Concert
From the Hosts:
Thrilled to be hosting Michael again.....You're invited to come together in community and music for an exquisite evening perfromance with acoustic guitar artist Michael Mandrell. This intimate house concert will be hosted by Donna Benjamin and Al Chase on Sunday, February 12th
We'll gather at 5:30pm and the music will start around 6. Organic Snacks and Beverages provided by Chef Al Chase.
We’re asking a sliding scale donation of $15 to $20 for the show and seating is limited. To RSVP please call Donna at 541-531-5359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. With your RSVP you’ll be given the address and directions to the house concert location.