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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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I just play to worship. Music is a great way to give thanks, I have this gift and I want bring back something to my creator. In subscribing here I hope to get to talk with people and share this passion.

Adam Shenk

Adam Shenk is a pop singer & writer. A Berklee College of Music graduate with a BM in Songwriting, he has performed his original music all over the country and released several albums & songs on ITunes. His music has been featured on The Real World and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and his voice was heard in a promo for iCarly. He was a semifinalist on MTV's Making the Band 4, where he worked with Michael Bivins & sang for P. Diddy. One of Adam's songs, "Top of the World," was recorded by Nigerian superstar D'Banj, and used in promos and live performances at the Africa Cup of Nations 2013.

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.


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.

Anabaptist Bestiary Project

Rocking the world through reflection on creatures the Anabaptist Bestiary Project is a ten piece alternative rock ensemble under the creative direction of Trevor Bechtel that combines the influence of such diverse bands as Rush, Belle and Sebastian, The Story and The Smiths. The ABP collects vocal and instrumental musicians from Bluffton University to delve into the artistic and literary heritage of the spirituality of creatureliness.

andi and i

andi and i performs a substantive body of original "funked-up folk," interrupted by the occasional well-chosen cover tune. Al Tauber's lyrics, ranging from intensely thoughtful to patently absurd (sometimes within the same song), are well served by his dexterous and creative guitar playing and Andi Tauber's whisper-to-roar vocals. As one venue operator has noted, "It's often difficult to believe that so much music is coming from two voices and a guitar."

Andrew Kreider

A singer-songwriter for the past 20 years, Elkhart, Indiana.

Andru Bemis

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.

Annie James Project

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.

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.

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