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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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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.

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.
Five Times Harder

For the Harder family, making music together may be “five times harder,” but it’s also five times more fun. Tom on guitar and Lois on vocals are joined by their three talented daughters Hillary on violin and mandolin, Madeline on cello and electric bass, and Anna on the violin. The family’s repertoire is an entertaining mixture of secular and sacred, humorous and poignant, driving bluegrass gospel and lyrical folk ballads, with a taste of classical and jazz.

Frances Miller
http://www.francesmiller.net/

Frances is a multi-instrumental improvisational artist, performer, teacher and facilitator. She lives in the mountains of Virginia where she teaches music at a small Waldorf school, sings her songs, plays her violin and hang drum and facilitates improvisational music events. She performs alone and with a variety of wonderful musicians in the area. She has one movie soundtrack and 2 CD's out and one about to be released. Coming from a rigorous classical background, her musical style is a unique and changing blend with hints of celtic, classical, gypsy, free-form improv, jazz and an occasional hymn melody.

Karam Salem

Karam has been playing music since he was ten years old in Iraq. Karam Salem was featured in Music For Harmony's "Concert for Peace" in NYC, performing Chopin's Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31. Since then he has been performing both classical repertory and his own compositions in concerts across the United States to build a bridge — the bridge he promised himself to build to connect the whole world with Iraq.

strange light
http://www.ditoniccomma.net/

strange light, a wife-husband duo made up of Becca and Michael Lachman, hails from the Appalachian foothills of Southeastern Ohio. Their original, piano-driven songs braid together influences such as Over the Rhine, Patty Griffin, Tori Amos, and Simon and Garfunkel—while dipping into hymns, celtic and classical music, and even musical theater.

http://www.becca-jr-lachman.com/recordings-videos/

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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