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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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Heather Kropf


Influenced by a wide range of artists including Shawn Colvin, Sade, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Suzanne Vega, Kropf's sound is a mix of piano folk, blue-eyed soul and coffeehouse pop. With a warm and inviting vocal tone, Kropf has become a fixture on the Pittsburgh live music circuit with a loyal fan base over the last decade, honing her craft along the way.

Kropf is a a native of the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has quietly charmed audiences with her lush, literate blend of jazz-influenced pop in an otherwise jam band, indie rock city.

Her three albums, all self produced, have turned the heads of music critics, fellow songwriters, and Pittsburgh's AAA radio station, WYEP, who put “Wish” and “Philosopher’s Stone” into daily rotation, and celebrated her second album "What Else is Love" as one of the top Pittsburgh releases of 2006.

Named a "true artist" by Pittsburgh Magazine, Heather is passionate about good music, good health, and healing our environment. After the release of Hestia, her third CD, Heather found herself burned out, battling chronic fatigue and health issues related to environmental toxins. Forced into taking the last few years off from steady performing to rest, she has renewed her interest in the craft of songwriting and has been composing new material.

"The silver lining to this illness is that I have been given time to consider what really matters," says Kropf. "When everything is stripped away you first think you have nothing. And then in the void, you find you have everything, and it's been there all along."

Heather is currently working on her fourth album.

General contact info. Booking info.
Heather Kropf
(412) 363-7761
817 N. Beatty St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 USA
Heather Kropf
(412) 363-7761

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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