Del Mandel was born Derek Mandel in London and has been playing guitar and other stringed instruments since childhood. After leaving school, he became a professional musician.

   In the 70s he played with Danta, an “Afro Rock” band, then played Reggae inspired music with Ozo, Both these bands had records in the top 100, but no big hits.

   Mid 70s saw him playing with an experimental instrumental band “Specta” playing festivals and clubs around Britain. He has kept an interest in experimenting with musical ideas including ambient music and even techno inspired guitar. He has also experimented with playing classical, or to be more precise, Baroque orchestral pieces on guitars, playing several parts himself. A sample can be found on this website.


 In the 80s he toured Britain and Europe as a member of Aubrey Lovejoy & Tennessee Rain, backing country singers from the USA.

He also played with JJ and the Fliers [recently described on Radio1 by Ade Edmonton as the best band he ever heard ] featuring the late great Archie Leggett on bass and Jon Cleary on piano.

In his career he has played or recorded with members of

The Beatles [ George Harrison ],

Kinks [ Mick Avory ],

Foundations [ Alan Warner ],

Swinging Blue Jeans [ Alan Lovell ],

Pretty Things, Ten Years After, Alvin Lee Band

            and many others.

As well as Acoustic and Electric guitars, Del also plays mandolin, bouzouki, sitar and various types of banjo.

Mainly a rock and blues guitarist, Del also plays country, folk, jaz

 and various types of experimental music.

Currently playing with  The  John Warwick Band, and with The 60s All Stars  which includes  members of The Swinging  Blue Jeans, Foundations and the Kinks.

Also appears on the Charlie Lankester and the Mojo Killers Album, “Song in a minor Key.”

He plays as a duo with Alan Lovell of The Swinging Blue Jeans using backing tracks, and also with Alan Warner of The  Foundations, playing amplified acoustic  Instruments without any other backing. He  also plays some folk inspired, but original music with Almond Greenway

  He also plays occasionally in Switzerland with the “Fun Band” and also with  Kevin  Noel as “Noel & Mandel”   [ music samples also on this  website. ]    Del met up with Kevin Noel in the early 90s while they were both touring with Mark Mosley from Nashville, Tennessee, and since then, they have been playing acoustic guitars and other instruments together, mainly in Switzerland.

He has also written and played  music for  films and adverts.

    Having a knowledge of old songs from  music hall to the present, Del has played at  the Lord Mayor's Show in London since the  early 90s, and plays at events like The  Derby  with Denny Purssord on banjos, and another cockney duo with Roger Lewis, going out as  “Spit & Sawdust”

He appears as:

 Del the Pearly Minstrel of London   

He also plays at Old peoples care homes and day centres.

He plays for Cockney Heritage  Promoting traditional London culture

Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Banjos, Mandolin & Bouzouki