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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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Potluck

This is the page for all the stuff that didn't fit anywhere else!

Mennonite Music-Making Bibliography

Jonathan Dueck has compiled an extensive bibliography of articles and other sources that have been written on the topic of Mennonites making music.

He's also written two papers that deal with issues of Mennonites and music:

Who is the Voice Coming From? Mennonites, First Nations People and Appropriation of Voice

Worship Wars, World Music, and Menno-Nots: Recent Studies in Mennonite Music

Other Papers

4 papers from the book "Sound in the Land". Reprinted by permission of Pandora Press.

Klassen, Judith. "Rebel With a Cause: Innovation and Grace in the Music of a Reinfeld Boy."

Krehbiel, Stephanie. "A Few Ways to be a Mennonite: Contemporary Christian Music in a Community of Hymns."

Dueck, Jonathan. "Encountering (Mennonite) Singer-Songwriters: J.D. Martin and Cate Friesen."

Fairbairn, Allison. "Mennofolk Manitoba: Cultural, Artistic and Generational Perspectives in a Music Festival Setting."

 

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