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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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A little bit about Mennofolk

Mennofolk art

Welcome to Mennofolk, a site to explore folk art and music created by people from Mennonite backgrounds. Mennofolk is not just for Mennonites, but it is from Mennonites, a gallery of delightful sounds and sights to be offered to the world, which come out of our collective experience of faith, music, and Anabaptist values. (for more information on Anabaptists go to third way cafe)

Mennofolk does not try to limit the themes of the songwriters it embraces, and it includes all acoustic genres and instruments, as well as visual folk arts and crafts.

There have been Mennofolk locations across North America, each with a slightly different focus and form.

Recently a Mennofolk stage has been planned at the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Kansas City, June 28 - July 4, 2015.

You can browse through a scrapbook of Mennofolks past with the links below:

Mennofolk Bluffton
Mennofolk Manitoba
Mennofolk On the Prairie
Germantown Mennofolk Concert Series Concerts occur on a monthly basis.
Mennofolk Cornstock (Ontario)
Mennofolk Sound in the Land (Ontario)
Mennofolk Saskatchewan
Mennofolk Town Hall Concert Series

IMPORTANT: Performers listed in the performers section may appear at various Mennofolk festivals across the country. Please check the individual festival pages for listings of who will be performing at each location.

Also check out the Mennonite Artist Project at:

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We invite all performers to become a part of the website by submitting a listing to our online performer database, folkdata. By doing so, you will be visible to anyone who visits the site and will become part of what will become a large listing of Mennonite artists and performers.

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