"...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
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.com. With your RSVP you’ll be given the address and directions to the house concert location.
Guest music for the 10:30 service. www.unityashland.com
Christmas Day Service at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living
One service on Christmas morning with Gary Skye.
Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center concert in the Lodge
Breitenbush is the emerald jewel of the hot springs retreat centers in the Pacific NW. Michael will perform a solo concert for the guests and community. www.breitenbush.com call for info: (503) 854-3320
Taize Service at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living
Music and meditation service with Gary Skye.