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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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http://peacemakers.positifforum.com/

I just play to worship. Music is a great way to give thanks, I have this gift and I want bring back something to my creator. In subscribing here I hope to get to talk with people and share this passion.

Andrew Kreider
http://www.andrewkreider.com/

A singer-songwriter for the past 20 years, Elkhart, Indiana.

Annie James Project
http://www.andreaviolin.com/

Andrea (Annie), Jamie (James), Henry and Jonathan make up Annie James Project. They are based in the region of Waterloo, and play music from various genres: rock, folk, celtic, fiddle, bluegrass, blues, celtic rock, church and worship. They love to blend their voices in rich harmonies, and to use as many instruments per concert as possible, just to confuse the sound guy. Their joy is to play and sing tunes that are known and loved, as well as less known tunes they think will be loved; music from the secular as well as church tradition.

Bill Beck
http://www.beckinsurance.com/

Been playing for a long time. Mandolin, Guitar. Bluegrass, Country folk, Jazz. Christian. Haven't traveled much in the last 10-15 years. Used to all the time. 3 states. Wife and 4 kids 3 in college, 1 in 8th grade. Not much extra money.

Play at Church with a small group. Piano, bass, drums, 2 vocalists

Probably wouldn't want to travel more than 100 miles. You never know. Everyone I play with is age 40+ Not much hair anymore. Ride Harley, like to travel. Enjoy all kinds of music. Enjoy filling in for musicians. Enjoy people. Enjoy diversity.

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.

Bush Wiebe
http://www.myspace.com/bushwiebe

"Mennonites may be pacifists but Bush Wiebe reminds us that they're still pretty badass!" Rhubarb Magazine

Spend a bit of time in a world of uncompromising and unapologetic Mennonite blues that'll stomp you deep into the ground.

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/BushWiebeandtheMennoniteBluesE https://www.facebook.com/BushWiebe/app_470868196288052 https://myspace.com/bushwiebe

Cantore
http://www.cantoremusic.com/
Cantore (which is the Latin word for "Singers") is a group of 10 men who love making music together. Music of almost any kind is fair game, as long as we think it sounds good, is fun to sing, and is acappella. The group began six years ago with four voices, and two years later added four more. Within the last year it expanded to 10, but decided not to grow any further. They sing music of many styles, including classical, sacred, German chorales, Russian Orthodox, bluegrass gospel, spirituals, folk songs, and barbershop. Most of them are members of Park View Mennonite Church, and they do many of their performances in church settings. The majority of their repertoire is religious music, but they also enjoy singing good secular folk songs and a few barbershop numbers.
Christopher and Maria Clymer Kurtz
http://www.clymerkurtz.com/

Born of Mennonite hymns, classical training, bluegrass, and even classic rock, Christopher and Maria Clymer Kurtz perform original songs as well as an eclectic array of covers at venues including coffee houses, church gatherings, and weddings.

Chuck Neufeld

Chuck Neufeld is a folksinger, songwriter, storyteller, speaker, and conference minister of Illinois Mennonite Conference. Chuck's life-long preoccupations have included music and story-telling. While he usually performs solo (vocal & guitar), he delights in collaborating with other musicians as well. Being a member of the Reunion Vocal Band has provided him with countless opportunities to do just that. His songs, stories, and talks reflect a deep commitment to community, peace, justice, and service. He believes that a sincere and loving response to Christ's call evokes compassionate action and redemptive living, which in turn results in radically altered lives and communities.

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