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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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All American roots

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Alan Armstrong

I've been playing for 20 years. I'm an amateur, but I play quite a bit and I like to make excellent music. Most important for me is to have fun with the rest of the musicians.

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.

Ben Brown

Music was an important facet of Ben Brown's childhood on a rural Midwestern farm. It had always been a vital part of his Cherokee, Irish and African American heritage; his mother commonly expressed her thoughts and feelings through song. His parents' appreciation for the music of the big bands, jazz, country-western and the music of so many other cultures exposed him to a great variety of musical styles and interpretations. His first exposure to the harp was Harpo Marx playing boogie-woogie and jazz.

Years later, in a harp world dominated by orchestral pedal harps and classical music, Ben singlehandedly reintroduced and helped repopularize a singular variety of folk harp which had been obsolete for close to 100 years with only three or four original European examples still in existence. He has proven this harp to be uniquely suited to the jazz, blues and improvisational music of his youth.

Twenty years after Ben Brown's reintroduction of the cross strung into the American folk harp world, the instrument boasts several hundred players and growing.

Benjamin Ezra
http://www.myspace.com/benjaminezra

Dear Music Fans,

I play alot of the music I have written at concerts. Most people stand around watching and claping. If you like music I think we could be good friends, because that means we would have alot in common. I've been playing and writting music all my life. So if you have any questions about my life, music or want to play some frisbee come to the show. See you there.

Thanks,
Benjamin Ezra

Bucky Driedger
http://www.myspace.com/buckydriedgermusic

I use my voice, guitar and harmonicas to make songs.

Influences include, but not limited to:
Bob Dylan
Wilco
Bright Eyes
Martin Sexton
Hayden
The Beatles

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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