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Richard Shindell


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Lakehurst NJ, United States (1991 – present)

Richard Shindell (born 1960, Lakehurst, New Jersey) is an American folk singer. He currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina with his wife and their children.

Shindell’s songwriting often involves storytelling from a first-person point of view: from an INS officer and illegal immigrant in “Fishing”, to a World War II soldier in “Sparrows Point”, to a Confederate drummerboy in “Arrowhead”, to an Argentine grandmother of Plaza de Mayo in “Abuelita”, to a power broker in “Confession”.

His first album was released in 1991. Shindell collaborated with Dar Williams, and Lucy Kaplansky to form the group Cry Cry Cry. On their eponymous 1998 album, Cry Cry Cry covered an eclectic mix of songwriters, from the famous R.E.M. to the lesser known folk singer James Keelaghan. The trio toured in support of their album, but later resumed their solo careers. They have not mentioned plans for future recordings, although Shindell and Kaplansky often appear on stage together. Shindell’s “The Ballad of Mary Magdalen” (as performed by Cry Cry Cry) was used in the background during an ABC News Nightline report on The DaVinci Code.

Shindell’s career received a boost in 1997 when Joan Baez recorded three of his songs (“Fishing”, “Reunion Hill” and “Money for Floods”) for her album Gone from Danger, and invited him to join her 1997-98 tour.


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