Thursday Night with the Amazing Richard Shindell!

Live Music Fans,

I think we have a fantastic room for hearing original live music performed by the songwriter.  Our room has the best sounding acoustics I have ever heard and our byob overall vibe is truly hard to beat.  Don’t you think so too?  We have enjoyed some really wonderful nights with folks like John Oates, Gregory Alan Isakov, John Gorka, Tony Furtado and many more sharing their songs in an intimate setting.  Well, this week we have another major league player coming all the way from Argentina to play for us.

Richard has had his songs recorded by Joan Baez and many others.  He formed a very cool trio with Lucy Kaplansky and Dar Williams called CryCryCry and he has performed all over the world.  We are lucky to have him come for a visit.  He will also be playing a solo show at Swallow Hill on the 10th.  He does not come very often so come on out.

Check out Richard’s website and these words below for more reasons to take advantage of this rare opportunity.  We loved his previous show in the little room and this promises to be another beautiful night of live music in the old Dinkel Building.


“Originally from New York, now dividing his time between Buenos Aires, Argentina and New York’s Hudson Valley, Richard Shindell is a writer whose songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters, vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what it is a song may be. From his first record, Sparrow’s Point (1992) to his current release, Careless (September 2016), Shindell has explored the possibilities offered by this most elastic and variable of cultural confections: the song.

The path that led him to songwriting was both circuitous and direct. Taking up the guitar at the age of eight, he spent his formative years learning the instrument – first acoustic, then electric. And he listened: Beatles, Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Motown, Bowie, Hunter-Garcia, King-Goffin, Paul Simon, Bill Monroe, Rogers & Hammerstein. Their songs gave the impression of having always been there, so solid and self-evident were their melodies, hooks, grooves, and lyrics. Listening to WNEW or WLIR in 1970s NY felt like a kind of anamnesis. So it seemed completely out of the question to imagine that a song could be written – by anyone, anywhere, anytime, about absolutely anything. If he sang, it was just to sing along, or harmonise to the hymns in church.

On the other hand, a good song seemed like such a simple little thing. A voice in the back of his head kept whispering that surely it must be possible to write one. He would make his first attempts at it during college, where he studied Philosophy. According to him, these early songs were “abysmal: pointless, self-indulgent drivel. It’s a wonder I ever allowed myself to try again.”

After college and a nine month stint in a Zen Buddhist community in Upstate New York, he headed to Europe with his guitar, finding something not approaching a livelihood performing in the Paris Metro, where his repertoire consisted of Fahey-tinged fingerpicking, Blakian flatpicking and “endless droning along in open tunings.” Evincing an early inclination toward self-imposed commercial exile, he sought out the less-travelled corners of the Metro. “I loved the acoustics in those tunnels, but only when they were empty.”

“Mr. Shindell has been building a following on the solo-folkie circuit through the 1990’s; one of his songs, “Nora,” has been championed by Dar Williams. But he performs his own songs with grace and suspense. As he picks and strums intricate guitar parts, he sings with a concentration that reveals the tension behind his lyrics.  At times, his voice recalls James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot or Michael Stipe; he stretches words as if he’s thinking hard about what they represent. The tone is reflective, but the dilemmas and disappointments couldn’t be more vivid.”

Shindell continues to tour nationally in the United States, with the occasional forays into Canada, the UK, and Europe. Although known primarily as songwriter, Shindell takes a more holistic view of his career. Producer, writer, singer, guitarist, interpreter: it all adds up to a life in music.”

Hope to see you at the shop soon for some great live music.

Musically Yours,

Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon