Bruce Mandel

Artist / Creative (Individual)

Bruce Mandel’s acoustic guitar, keen lyrical ear, and intimate and honest voice have traveled with him across the country and through musical territory both new and familiar. With four full length albums to his credit - “Bird’s Eye View” (2017), “Sketches" (2012), "Between Dreams and Regrets” (2008) and "Follow Your Heart” (1997) - Bruce regularly tours the U.S. as well maintaining a musical presence in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. Mandel’s lyrically driven songs are both personal & probing, whether writing from his own experience or weaving the ballad of another’s, as in “Irene Kibbe,” about a young Polish emigrant during World War II. Co-founder of The Durango Songwriter’s Expo in 1996, Bruce has always believed in the power and magic of song, and is committed to sharing that magic through his music and thoughtful insights into his creative process. A multiple Massachusetts Cultural Council grant recipient, Mandel debuted a song he wrote and recorded to help celebrate the 2010 Otis, MA Bicentennial in a special performance funded in part by a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. As a supporter of Public Libraries, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this CD goes to The Free Otis Public Library. Bruce has recently developed a creativity/songwriting workshop called "SongSpark!". "SongSpark!" explores creativity in everyday life and applies this to songwriting as a means of expression. "SongSpark! is appropriate for ages 8 and up. “Reminiscent of the singer/songwriters who penned the soundtrack of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Bruce Mandel brews up a coffeehouse sound that’s espresso rich in inspiration and experience.” Singer & Musician

Primary Discipline

Music - General

Additional Disciplines

Music - Children's
Music - Composition
Music - Folk
Music - Solo / Recital
Music - Traditional


Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class

Additional Information

  • Year founded: 1978
  • Is a Teaching Artist
  • Is a Touring Artist
  • Approx. 120 events per year
  • Geographic Reach: Nationally
  • Seasons active: Year round