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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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Anabaptist Bestiary Project

Anabaptist Bestiary Project

The Anabaptist Bestiary Project is a rock and roll band that functions as a contemporary bestiary. Bestiaries, which reached the height of their popularity in medieval England, are illuminated books that collect natural accounts of animals (as well as some plants and minerals) and then offer moral and allegorical reflections on these animals. The beautiful thing about these reflections is the way they confidently go about seeking God in the natural world. Bestiary have
affinities with Anabaptist reflection in that both seek a scriptural God.

This project is headed by Trevor Bechtel, a religion professor at Bluffton University. Bechtel's main research interests include both biblical interpretation and the place of animals in human communities. He writes the songs that the band performs and plays keyboards and guitars.

The band is composed of students at Bluffton University.

in 2007-2008
Annie Yoder: Vocals
Brendan Haggerty: Electric Guitar
Carrie Yoder: Violin
Corey Short: Drums
Derick Latimer: Bass
Eric Martin: Acoustic Guitar
Jordan Zickafoose: Vocals
Nathanael Jones: Electric Guitar
Phill Oprie: Acoustic Guitar
Trevor Bechtel: Keyboards

in 2008-2009

Brendan Haggerty: Electric Guitar
Hannah Keeney: Flute
James Brake: Drums
Joseph Sutter: Bass
Eric Martin: Acoustic Guitar
Blake Zickafoose: Vocals, Flute
Nathanael Jones: Electric Guitar
Kyle Wetherwald: Acoustic Guitar
Erica Weston: Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jess Cassell: Vocals
Matt Thomsen: Vocals
Devon Matthews: Vocals
Yonathan Setiwan: Vocals

General contact info. Booking info.
Trevor Bechtel
(419) 3583011
1 University Drive
Bluffton, OH 45817 USA


IMPORTANT: Performers listed here 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.


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