Brigid and the Quickening of the Year
Brigid is one of the most beloved of the Celtic saints and goddesses. Sometimes called ‘Mary of the Gaels,’ Brigid is a healer, a teacher, and a protector, known for her bravery and generosity. Brigid has much to teach us about the compassionate face of the Divine and how we can fearlessly bridge the rifts around us.
Described by Public Radio International’s Echoes host John Diliberto, Michael is “…the acoustic guitar player infusing his original melodies and Indian scales with a Celtic lilt.” His musical sleight of hand points the listener away from his redoubtable fingerstyle technique. And therein lies the pleasure of it –music played with such skill and finesse that the technical prowess is just one element in a fuller experience that strums the soul and transports the imagination. One senses both a deeply playful and serious undercurrent in Mandrell’s compositions, which have an unparalleled sense of lyrical freedom that stand alone as shimmering harmonic works of art.
He has the unique ability to take a single guitar and open into a multicultural tapestry of orchestral depth as he takes his audiences on riveting and and mesmerizing sonic journeys that defy classification — crossing the boundaries of Celtic, world beat, classical, jazz, folk, and traditional. His musical worldview expresses the wide-ranging aspirations of the human spirit, enlivening the listener with the spirit of a master raconteur telling the grand archetypal story–“I lived that.” The effect lingers long after the last note has resonated. Not to be missed!
Michael currently makes his home in Portland, Oregon and Taos, New Mexico. He plays a mix of handmade steel string guitars from luthiers Tom Cornett, Stephen Smith and Mike Doolin.