Wed 6th
Michael Cassidy – Mangalananda
*Special UK Tour*

An extremely rare and exciting opportunity to see the American musician Michael Cassidy perform live in a UK concert.

A very early disciple of A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Michael’s songs stir the heart and provoke the deeper questions of life asked by us all, no matter what our path or who our teacher. Michael’s albums have sold in thousands globally. His heartfelt lyrics and musical sensitivity help to shine light in a world that seems to be becoming stranger and stranger…

“This changing world is tossing with the waves of time
Somehow I’m still thinking that I can call it mine…”
– Dying to be free (Michael Cassidy)

Join us for this soul-provoking evening of blues and more with the winner of the “Mid Atlantic Song Contest” and the singer who World Cafe Live describe as “Stand Out Performer.”

Abbey House, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury BA6 8DH.

Doors 6.30pm for start at 7pm.

Due to spaces, tickets are limited to two per person and are available in advance in person from The Speaking Tree Bookshop,
5 Glastonbury High Street. Tickets are selling fast and will sell out. We advise buying your tickets as soon as possible.

Artist Bio.

Michael Cassidy [Mangalananda] was born in Manchester, New Hampshire. His mother, Gabrielle, was a singer and his grandmother a published songwriter. After Michael’s mother passed away, his father, Edward, reenlisted in the military. Traveling with his Dad all over America and Europe formed Michael’s eclectic spirit.He got the idea to play music when he was nine. At a wedding reception, he saw a guitarist playing “Walk, Don’t Run” on a candy-apple red Gretsch. “If the desire in my heart to play music was the fuel, then that red Gretsch was the spark,” Michael says. He’s been playing and writing music ever since.

Early-on he liked the surfing sounds of Dwayne Eddy, the Ventures, and the Safaris. Later his tastes expanded to the finger-styles of Charlie Byrd, Jose Feliciano, and Carlos Jobim. “My Dad’s record collection was mostly jazz and standards from his own generation. Hearing that music influenced the melodic and harmonic aspects of my composition. Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Leonard Cohen inspired me to express myself with words.”

Although his writing deals with the day-to-day, Michael doesn’t avoid the big questions. “The content of my work is based on a universal philosophy, life experiences, and realizations. I’ve always found resolution in the wisdom traditions of the East.” Michael was introduced to the study of philosophy and meditation in the 60s, and their positive results are reflected in his life and music.

In 1971, Michael became an initiated disciple of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, the renowned scholar who translated Bhagavad-gita: As It Is, the jewel of India’s spiritual wisdom. The combination of studying the teachings of bhakti-yoga and practicing the disciplines became a continuous source of inspiration and enlightenment for Michael. He had the opportunity to debut his work prior to his first indie release, A Change of Heart. In an intimate meeting with his spiritual teacher in 1975, his guru was very pleased and blessed the project. A Change of Heart was released in 1976 followed by four more albums between 1977 and 1985.

After raising his family, Michael came back to his love for writing and singing originals with a new album (Trying to Connect with You) and tour in 2002. He formed a duo with Joie Frye and they began touring as Average Soul in 2003.  Sadly, Joie passed away in 2018 and Michael has developed his career as a solo artist.

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