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In popular and original songs, Singer-songwriter Merlin Snider and band will explore the rhythm and roots of American music across the ocean and the centuries, from Dublin to the Delta, from Africa to the Americas. Our American music is a tasty stew of ingredients as diverse as the people of our country. Come listen, move, sing, and groove with us.


Merlin Snider & Band Concert and Sing-a-Long

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Art Trek Studio, 703 Rancho Conejo Blvd. Newbury Park, CA 91320, Newbury Park, CA 91320

I am doing a concert December 2. We are calling it a Concert and Sing-a-Long. I've put songs of mine and cover songs in the set list that are as easy to fall into as an old pair of slippers. Something from the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkle, and so on. It is practically free ($5.00!), thanks to the generosity of Art Trek. Hot cocoa and snacks provided. You should register for the event if you plan on coming (seating capacity is limited) by following this link. (P.S. you can ignore the questions on the form about birth date, etc. - All they need is your full name.)

Only $5.00 - through the generosity of Art Trek.

Susie Glaze is restarting her series, The Woodshed Sessions at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. Susie sez, "We do it once a month on Fridays, with a new featured act sharing the bill with us each month." I will be sharing the stage with them May 15. Mark Indictor is in The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble too so he'll working his fiddle twice as hard this night. The Coffee Gallery Backstage website:

Returning to this acoustic/folk venue where I have been playing for 20 years! I have new songs that I will be sharing, along with tunes from my first three albums. Musician and Actor Stephen Mendel has a new album which he will be showcasing. $15.00 at the door. Come early reserve a seat.

I'm a trio for this one, with Mark Indictor on fiddle and Debbie with her voice and percussion.

7:00 PM - Music starts. There will be a break after the first set for dinner. It's a potluck so please bring something to share. Then Cynthia Carle performs.

A song circle will follow the concert.

$20 Suggested donation. RSVP or (818)486-8505 "Our driveway is steep and if this may be a problem please come early and park up near the house." Website:

MERLIN SNIDER with MARK INDICTOR (fiddle) and DEBORAH SNIDER (harmony vocals and percussion). HONEY WHISKEY TRIO tells stories through song and stomp, highlighting the musical traditions of American Folk Music. “They always leave you sitting on the edge of your seat, waiting with bated breath for each new beautifully executed phrase.” –Lisa Forkish.

“Beautiful, soulful, with exquisite harmonies and a gentle sense of humor.” Carolyn Elliot, The Broad Stage

MERLIN SNIDER with Mark Indictor and Deborah Snider

Merlin is a magician with words & melody. No. 2 album on the FOLKDJ List, April 2017. “He’s got such a storytelling way, drawing you into the songs.” – Frank Hennessey, BBC Wales.
(805) 498-9548.

Suggested Donation: $20.00

TOM CORBETT is a string wizard & multi- instrumentalist. Kills it on mandolin and guitar. Has played with everyone! He is an Album charting folk singer-songwriter & a Finalist at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He will share some of his own roots inspiration. MERLIN SNIDER is the magician with words and melody & a folk charting singer-songwriter with the No. 2 album on FOLKDJ List, April 2017. He is a Guest Artist and Teacher at this year's CA Songwriting Camp and the producer of this show.

CA Songwriting Camp (formerly Summersongs)

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Camp Ocean Pines, 1473 Randall Dr., Cambria

I am honored and excited to be a Guest Artist and Teacher at CA Songwriting Camp (formerly Penny Nichol's Summersongs). "CA Songwriting camp is a retreat from the hectic hubbub of everyday life. You will dive deep into your creativity. Camp is an uplifting experience for songwriters of ALL levels — whether you’ve written 100 songs, are looking to write your best song, or haven’t written one…yet! Our musical community continues to cherish Penny’s vision of a “music camp for grown-ups” that allows each person’s artistry to shine and for us all to gather to have fun, sing, create, dance, learn and share our hearts." Come join me for four days of joy and music by the ocean.

MERLIN SNIDER & PRETTY GOOD ACQUAINTANCES plus THE SUSIE GLAZE NEW FOLK ENSEMBLE and THE HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS Come together to celebrate through Americana music what it is that makes America great - liberty, justice, and the idea that "out of many we are one." Proceeds benefit the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, whose mission is "to nurture spiritually courageous people who transform the world through justice and compassion.”


Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park

MERLIN SNIDER & PRETTY GOOD ACQUAINTANCES headline this night of roots music that also features Santa Barbara's favorite all woman bluegrass band, THE HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS, and HORSEPLAY, who will open the show. PGA musicians this show: Deborah Snider (vocals), Mark Indictor (fiddle), Steve Nelson (upright bass), Larry Zack (drums). Produced by Bob Kroll. Tickets: $10.00 at the door.


Larry Zack, drums; Steve Nelson, bass; Deborah Snider, vocals & percussion; Lorelle Patterson, vocals

December 2, 2023, 6:30-8:30 PM, Art Trek Studio, Newbury Park, California

December 25, 2020

I have two new song videos to share. One is a duet by Debbie and me doing a very acoustic version of one of our favorite Christmas carols, "In the Bleak Midwinter."

The other is my contribution to saving of American democracy. But what can I do? What can any of us do? We can do our best. As Maya Angelou said, "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."

Before our last election I had been writing limericks. Then after the election I stacked a bunch of limericks together, put it to some guitar, found a chorus and, Presto! A new song. It has an optimistic chorus and title: "Come Back America".

Let's do better.


Come Back America

Welcome to the official site of Merlin Snider, folk singer-songwriter, where you can find music, videos and news. Go to the  Merlin Snider Music Facebook page for info on the virtual house concerts we're doing. Thanks for visiting. 

Peace, love, joy, music! 


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May 14, 2020

Just finished the video for this brand new song, Upside Down Blues. Have a listen and I'll see you at one of our virtual concerts.


I voted by mail

This is Artful Dodger, cribbing a few licks from the first Antiviral house concert

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