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Patrick Nagel: Bio

Growing up in the fertile valley of Ukiah, California, Patrick Nagel has shared the stage with local favorites, vocalist/activist Holly Near, blues guitar virtuoso Robben Ford, and highly regarded mandolinist, John Reischman. As this list suggests, he has been influenced by a variety of styles and genres. Drawing upon such influences, Patrick has compiled a song list of original compositions that are folkish at their core, yet reflect those influences.

While working his day job of teaching court appointed high school students for the past 20 years, Patrick searched for an outlet to creatively express his music. Today, as a self-proclaimed folky, it seems he has found that expressive outlet. In the summer of 2001, Patrick discovered the Rocky Mountain Song School in Lyons, Colorado, and has made it his favored destination every August since. Working with such notable songwriters as Steve Seskin, Beth Neilson Chapman, Paul Reisler, Ellis Paul, and Vance Gilbert, Patrick has produced two recordings of original music: As The Last Leaves Fall, and Savor These Days.

The textural warmth of Patrick’s acoustic finger picking style was inspired by everyone from Peter, Paul, and Mary, Gordon Lightfoot, and James Taylor to Leo Kottke and Alex DeGrassi. His songs are layered with vocal harmonies, acoustic leads, and stringed accompaniment. His lyrics exhibit a depth of insight and heart only life experience can teach.

Patrick has opened for Chuck Pyle in Aspen, Co., and Johnsmith at the Ukiah Playhouse. He has also shared the stage with other accomplished artists such as Justin Roth, Danya River, Frank Gayer Martin, Christopher Smith, and Clarelynn Rose.