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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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Alanadale
http://alanadale.bandcamp.com/

Alanadale seeks to unionize the acoustic with the electric, the organic with the synthetic, as well as the human with the animal. We take the leftovers from the 70's UK progressive-rock scene and mix it up with saucy folk-pop sensibilities: Gentle Gaint meets The Acorn.

Jan Hammond
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/janhammond2

- Ohio-based, award winning, mountain dulcimer player and singer/songwriter
- 4 solo & 1 duet CD, 3 books of dulcimer tab.
- Teaches at festivals, workshops and private lessons
- Presented at the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival, Dulcimore, SE Ohio Dulcimer -Festival, Kent State Folk Festival, Phoenix (AZ) Folk Festival, Ohio Valley Gathering, Kentucky Winter Dulcimer Weekend, The Swannanoa Gathering and Dulcimer Days
- Certified Music Practitioner®
Her thoughtfulness and gentle playfulness reveals a joy that is infectious and her music is like the breeze that lifts the little birds out of the nest to launch them on their maiden voyage. - S. Eulberg

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....

JOEL KROEKER
http://www.joelkroeker.com/

True North Records recording artist, Joel Kroeker, has just returned from Cambodia and Laos where he traveled as a guest musician studying water-related relief projects with Mennonite Central Committee (an international relief, development, and peace agency) before continuing on to India and Nepal.

Joel is now touring across Canada to share these stories in song and to support his award-winning third album "Closer to the Flame" which has just won "Outstanding Album of the Year."

Having performed over 500 shows internationally Joel has toured with the likes of Bruce Cockburn, Randy Bachman (of The Guess Who), Kevin Breit (of Norah Jones' band), Colin James, Sarah Harmer, Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and The Wailin' Jennys.

Joel has an MA in Ethnomusicology and has performed at every major folk festival in Canada including the Mission, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Edmonton and Stan Rogers Folk Fests.

king bonk
http://www.kingbonk.libsyn.com/

A storyteller, King Bonk tells cool, surreal, spooky and scintillating stories and monologues while mesmerizing and hypnotic music plays.

As singer/songwriter, Bonk runs the gamut from folk to punk to electronic -- check out his music at www.purevolume.com/kingbonk. In concert, he brings a scrappy, engaging, and foot-stomping performance as he performs folk-rocky originals and covers of his influences (Neil Young, The Band, The Who, The Minutemen).

Matthew Keeler (Blues Reveler)
http://bluesreveler.weebly.com/

Matt Keeler started off playing Pre-WWII blues and spirituals in the mid-1990s, but has since broadened his repertoire to include other styles, such as ragtime, Irish traditional music, hokum, early American popular music, and Appalachian fiddle tunes. The Ohio-based band, Blues Reveler, is essentially his homage to American roots music. Matt plays a wide array of traditional music styles incorporating many iconic instruments, including mandolin, rhythm bones, hurdy gurdy, washboard, and other miscellaneous debris.

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.

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