Greystones date for US singer and writer

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Here’s an interesting chap.

Acoustic singer-songwriter Richard Shindell was born in New Jersey, had a spell in a Zen Buddhist monastery, was a proverbial struggling musician in Paris, once enrolled in a theological seminary in New York and now lives with his family in Buenos Aires.

More significantly, his CV also reflects a musical career that spans his first record, Sparrow’s Point in 1992, to the current South of Delia.

His reputation is as a meticulous craftsman both in terms of lyrics and melody and with a profound point to be made.

The new album, his seventh, is a collection of covers, including his interpretations of Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA, Peter Gabriel’s Mercy Street and Bob Dylan’s “Señor (Tales of Yankee Power). The new generation of songwriters is represented by Jeffrey Foucault and Josh Ritter.

And if Richard Shindell ever needed a vote of confidence, it comes from master guitarist Richard Thompson, who plays on the album.

Richard Shindell returns on a solo tour to The Greystones in Greystones Road tomorrow.

In 1998, he was part of the acoustic trio, Cry Cry Cry, with Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky, both of whom have visited Sheffield as solo performers.

Meanwhile Lucy Kaplansky returns to the city with a date at The Greystones on January 26.