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Jeff Raught
Jeff Raught

Jeff has been meandering his way through life with songs and stories for many years. Finding the humor in unexpected places and delivering it in a way that only Jeff can. Connecting the dots, or maybe helping to erase them. It is a delightful blend of music that has flavors of blues, gospel and hints of The American Songbook.

For a new twist on some old yarn....

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Various ensembles over thirty-ish years.
Various ensembles over thirty-ish years.

I play bass guitar (currently a five string "MTD").

I've played in churches (I'm part of a folk group in a Catholic church at present), pubs - nasty and nice, concerts, coffee houses and assorted other environments.

I've played in duos, full bands (three, four, five piece) and other configurations. I've had the good fortune to be part of a number of recording sessions as well.

I play by ear and use chord charts frequently. I am learning to "read" but am at a beginner level in that regard.

There are very few types of music that I don't like. I've played rock, country, gospel, reggae, folk and even some classical at a semi-serious to pretty serious level.

I'm a sucker for a great melody, a cool riff or a worthwhile lyric. If all three elements converge in a song great; I will, however, settle for one or two of them. :-)

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Andru Bemis
http://www.andrubemis.com/

SINCE 2001, Andru Bemis has wandered the ends, edges and in-betweens of North America more times than he can count - by passenger train, foot, thumb, bicycle, bus, subway, ski and occasional aeroplane. Wearing a three-piece suit and a derby hat, he carries his beat-up instruments on his back: banjo, guitar, sometimes a fiddle or banjo-ukulele.... His unmistakable voice, lightning-fast banjo and expressive finger-picked guitar styles, quirky humor, engaging stage presence and exquisitely crafted tunes of travel, love and longing have earned Bemis a dedicated following throughout Mexico, Canada, the U.S. and beyond.

Bryan Moyer Suderman
http://www.smalltallmusic.com/

Bryan Moyer Suderman has a knack for writing songs that are deeply scriptural, musically memorable, and readily singable. Since the release of his first studio album “God’s Love is for Everybody” in 2002, Bryan’s “songs of faith for small and tall” have become favorites of families and congregations across North America and beyond, and have been published in numerous hymnal, songbook, and curriculum resources. Bryan’s newest CD, “New World Coming,” is a compilation drawn from his 5 studio albums released over the past 10 years on the SmallTall Music label (www.smalltallmusic.com).

Previous recording credits include albums with Huellas and Licanantay (Latin American folkloric music groups), participation in 2 CDs released by Mennonite Central Committee to support people impacted by HIV/AIDS in Africa, and production of "Songs from Africa 2003," a recording of the Mennonite World Conference Assembly 14 International Choir, of which he was a member.

Bryan lives near Toronto, Ontario, and tours regularly, usually by bus or train, singing and leading worship in congregational and conference/convention settings - as well as living rooms, camps, schools, and the occasional park bench. SmallTall Music has been his "flexible full-time" vocation since 2003.

Burnt Possum: Dan Easley, Jeremy Frey, Chad Gusler
http://burntpossum.com

The Burnt Possum Poets is a trio of wordsmiths based in Harrisonburg, Virginia. They explore the minute differences between romance, nature, the divine and taxicabs. A musician first and foremost, Dan Easley composes and records songs and sound-scapes. In love with the world and everything in it, Jeremy Frey generates poems and creative nonfiction. Chad Gusler delivers short stories and sermons, often mixing both genres to expose and surpass the embedded boundaries of prose and the pulpit. Their work can be found at Burnt Possum and at Towndowner Records.

Elisabeth Pixley-Fink
http://www.elisabethpixleyfink.com/

Elisabeth Pixley-Fink is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, educator and cultural worker from Kalamazoo, Michigan. She grew up studying piano and singing harmonies with her family. From the depths and range of her voice emerge well-crafted songs: tunes for healing, aching songs that swell with unhurried intensity. Her playful and moving performances have earned her a strong following in Michigan.

Jeff Raught
http://www.jeffraught.com/

Jeff has been meandering his way through life with songs and stories for many years. Finding the humor in unexpected places and delivering it in a way that only Jeff can. Connecting the dots, or maybe helping to erase them. It is a delightful blend of music that has flavors of blues, gospel and hints of The American Songbook.

For a new twist on some old yarn....

Les & Gwen Gustafson-Zook
http://www.gustafsonzook.com/

 


Me & Martha
http://www.meandmartha.com/

With on-stage presence second to none, Me & Martha bring together their passion for life and musical fervor to every performance and delight audiences everywhere. Their blended voices lift your spirit and fill your heart. Don DePoy and Martha Hills are members of America’s Old-Time Country Music Hall of Fame and are on the Young Audiences of Virginia, the Virginia Art Commission, and efolkMusic rosters as traditional musicians. To bring the Valley's rich musical traditions to everyone, they have established the Shenandoah Valley Mountain Music Makers Trail & Heritage Centers. Don’s family settled in the Shenandoah Valley in the early 1740s. He is a 5th generation mountain music maker and can trace his musical roots back to the 1850s. He also holds a Ph.D. in American Music and Popular Culture and has over 15 years experience as a college professor. Martha, originally from Maine, is steeped in the rich New England music tradition. She is an early childhood educator and certified MusikGarten teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience.

Pamela Chappell
http://www.pamelachappell.com/

Singer/songwriter Pamela Chappell captures the hearts of her listeners with songs ranging from gentle to powerful and from humorous to profoundly touching. She is known for her warm stage presence and connection with the audience. Her five CDs include folk music, jazz, songs for the entire family, and inspirational songs.

Pamela has performed for decades in a wide variety of venues, including radio, television, schools, festivals, churches, riverboats, theatres, weddings, funerals, conferences, conventions, and benefit functions. Chappell also gives musical keynote addresses, is an artist in residence for schools, and teaches workshops in literacy and spirituality.

Road Less Travelled
http://www.rltmusic.net/

Doug and Jude Krehbiel are the husband and wife duet, Road Less Travelled. This lively pair plays an assortment of instruments in concert including guitar, banjo, bass, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, dobro, tin whistle, Irish drum, and jaw harp. With powerful vocals and exciting instrumentals, RLT performs a variety of musical styles combining elements of folk, country, Irish, bluegrass, and rhythm and blues.

Doug and Jude's performances consist mostly of original songs that cover a wide range of topics. Each program contains generous sprinklings of humor. Their material is geared for and enjoyed by people of all ages, including kids.

In 1999 RLT’s CD, Joyful Ditty, was the number two folk album of the year on NPR station WVPE in Elkhart, Indiana. In 2001, RLT enjoyed their fifth win in Winfield National Songwriting Contest. Doug and Jude have toured across the U.S. and Canada, appeared on radio and TV, and recorded nine albums of their original music.

Various ensembles over thirty-ish years.

I play bass guitar (currently a five string "MTD").

I've played in churches (I'm part of a folk group in a Catholic church at present), pubs - nasty and nice, concerts, coffee houses and assorted other environments.

I've played in duos, full bands (three, four, five piece) and other configurations. I've had the good fortune to be part of a number of recording sessions as well.

I play by ear and use chord charts frequently. I am learning to "read" but am at a beginner level in that regard.

There are very few types of music that I don't like. I've played rock, country, gospel, reggae, folk and even some classical at a semi-serious to pretty serious level.

I'm a sucker for a great melody, a cool riff or a worthwhile lyric. If all three elements converge in a song great; I will, however, settle for one or two of them. :-)

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