Bruce Mandel’s acoustic guitar, keen lyrical ear, and intimate honest voice have traveled with him across the country from house concerts to the concert stage. 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 grant recipient, Mandel debuted a song he wrote & 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. In the summer of 2011 Bruce debuted SongSpark!, a songwriting and creativity seminar.