"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

February 2020

As the beautiful spring emerges here in the Pacific NW, I'll mostly be in the Oregon/Washington region performing house and benefit concerts, sacred church services, and writing and recording new music. Check the calendar for shows and details!


October  2019

So the exciting  news is I'll be starting up my guitar studio here in Portland for lessons and workshops, teaching from here in my home on N. Mt. Tabor. All levels of students are invited, from beginners to folks just wanting to add some variety to their playing. If you haven't discovered open tunings yet, then a whole new world of guitar voicings await. All of my pieces on the music player above are in open tunings, although I perform in standard tuning quite a bit as well. I'll soon be adding some house concerts and other performances for this fall/winter season, looking forward to seeing you all then.

June,  2019


Hello Friends......so 2019 got off to a lovely start with tours and concerts here and there. The high point was my tour in February with longtime friend and musical collaborator Benjy Wertheimer. We started with a raucous house concert here in Portland, Benjy joined me after I traveled out to Denver where we performed all along the front range in Colorado at various venues. We finished up in New Mexico with a well received Taos concert and a most excellent morning playing at the First Unitarian church in Albuquerque.

I continued on to Texas with house concerts in my old college town of Nacogdoches, joining up with my old Houston compadre Eric Avinger, one of the greatest guitarists I've ever had the pleasure of working with. I checked in at my hometown of Houston for a while and even drove over to Louisiana to catch the first weekend of Marti Gras in New Orleans.

The last month or so I've been here in awesome Portland playing local and regional gigs throughout the Pacific Northwest.

I'm off on the road end of June back to California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas again. I'm sure looking forward to seeing all the old friends there, and any new friends I'm sure to meet along the way!

As always I'll have my concert dates on the calendar, see you on down the road....



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Upcoming Concerts & Happenings

Previous events

East meets West house concert with Larry Tyrrell - Sakuhachi Master

House of Doolinescu concert series, Private Residence, Portland, OR.

Hosted by Mike Doolin at his lovely SE Portland home. To RSVP and receive address please contact Mike at pgs@doolinguitars.com

The shakuhachi is the traditional bamboo flute of Japan. It has a history of connection to Zen Buddhism and is one of the most beautiful in the litany of traditional Japanese instruments. For more on Larry Tyrrell visit www.moonbridge.com.

Spiritual Pratice Wednesday Taize Service

New Thought Center for Spiritual Living, 1040 C Ave., Lake Oswego, OR.


If being in the silence is a significant practice in your life, you might enjoy the style of worship created by the community of Taizé in France. Taizé worship is based around structured rhythms of contemplation and silence that provide a way to “turn off the buzz” of our daily lives and experience a new depth of prayer. We would love to have you join us for this special service of prayer, music, and silence.


Alamosa House Concert

Alamosa, CO.

Private Event hosted by Tracy Doyle and Lisa Gail Clements