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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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All Peace and Justice

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Benjamin Ezra

Dear Music Fans,

I play alot of the music I have written at concerts. Most people stand around watching and claping. If you like music I think we could be good friends, because that means we would have alot in common. I've been playing and writting music all my life. So if you have any questions about my life, music or want to play some frisbee come to the show. See you there.

Benjamin Ezra

Bryan Moyer Suderman

Bryan Moyer Suderman has a knack for writing songs that are deeply scriptural, musically memorable, and readily singable. Since the release of his first studio album “God’s Love is for Everybody” in 2002, Bryan’s “songs of faith for small and tall” have become favorites of families and congregations across North America and beyond, and have been published in numerous hymnal, songbook, and curriculum resources. Bryan’s newest CD, “New World Coming,” is a compilation drawn from his 5 studio albums released over the past 10 years on the SmallTall Music label (www.smalltallmusic.com).

Previous recording credits include albums with Huellas and Licanantay (Latin American folkloric music groups), participation in 2 CDs released by Mennonite Central Committee to support people impacted by HIV/AIDS in Africa, and production of "Songs from Africa 2003," a recording of the Mennonite World Conference Assembly 14 International Choir, of which he was a member.

Bryan lives near Toronto, Ontario, and tours regularly, usually by bus or train, singing and leading worship in congregational and conference/convention settings - as well as living rooms, camps, schools, and the occasional park bench. SmallTall Music has been his "flexible full-time" vocation since 2003.

Bucky Driedger

I use my voice, guitar and harmonicas to make songs.

Influences include, but not limited to:
Bob Dylan
Bright Eyes
Martin Sexton
The Beatles

Burnt Possum: Dan Easley, Jeremy Frey, Chad Gusler

The Burnt Possum Poets is a trio of wordsmiths based in Harrisonburg, Virginia. They explore the minute differences between romance, nature, the divine and taxicabs. A musician first and foremost, Dan Easley composes and records songs and sound-scapes. In love with the world and everything in it, Jeremy Frey generates poems and creative nonfiction. Chad Gusler delivers short stories and sermons, often mixing both genres to expose and surpass the embedded boundaries of prose and the pulpit. Their work can be found at Burnt Possum and at Towndowner Records.

Bush Wiebe

"Mennonites may be pacifists but Bush Wiebe reminds us that they're still pretty badass!" Rhubarb Magazine

Spend a bit of time in a world of uncompromising and unapologetic Mennonite blues that'll stomp you deep into the ground.

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/BushWiebeandtheMennoniteBluesE https://www.facebook.com/BushWiebe/app_470868196288052 https://myspace.com/bushwiebe

Cantore (which is the Latin word for "Singers") is a group of 10 men who love making music together. Music of almost any kind is fair game, as long as we think it sounds good, is fun to sing, and is acappella. The group began six years ago with four voices, and two years later added four more. Within the last year it expanded to 10, but decided not to grow any further. They sing music of many styles, including classical, sacred, German chorales, Russian Orthodox, bluegrass gospel, spirituals, folk songs, and barbershop. Most of them are members of Park View Mennonite Church, and they do many of their performances in church settings. The majority of their repertoire is religious music, but they also enjoy singing good secular folk songs and a few barbershop numbers.
chris kniss

Christina has been writing songs and performing live since 2001, but has been singing all her life. She independently released a solo album, In The Face of It All, in August of 2004, available on iTunes. Primarily a singer, guitarist, and pianist, Christina has performed as both a solo and collaborative artist in many venues all over Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and as far away as Jerusalem and Bethlehem. She currently resides in Springfield, OH, moonlighting as a freelance graphic designer and office administrator at Wittenberg University.

Her music and vocal stylings have been compared to the likes of Jewel, Ani Difranco, Eva Cassidy, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Sarah McLachlan, Dar Williams and more, but she has a style all her own.

Christina's live performances are tougher to catch these days - she's most likely to be found entertaining house parties, serenading wedding parties or participating in the occasional fundraiser concert series - but if you're in the Springfield, OH area and want to arrange a performance, give her a call. To listen to her music, visit the music page of her website: http://www.chriskniss.com/the-musician.html

Chuck Neufeld

Chuck Neufeld is a folksinger, songwriter, storyteller, speaker, and conference minister of Illinois Mennonite Conference. Chuck's life-long preoccupations have included music and story-telling. While he usually performs solo (vocal & guitar), he delights in collaborating with other musicians as well. Being a member of the Reunion Vocal Band has provided him with countless opportunities to do just that. His songs, stories, and talks reflect a deep commitment to community, peace, justice, and service. He believes that a sincere and loving response to Christ's call evokes compassionate action and redemptive living, which in turn results in radically altered lives and communities.

Cottonwood Jam String Band

Playing American Roots, Appalachian, Folk, Contra / Square Dance, Old Time Music.

Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonica.

Dave and Joanna Woodsmall

Dave and Joanna both play a large variety of acoustic instruments and always enjoy the challenge of meeting a new kind of instrument. They play primarily traditional American music whose roots come from Africa and the Celtic Isles yet love to spice things up by throwing in some traditional melodies from countries around the world. They most especially enjoy the challenge of coming up with a set of music with a focal topic such as peace and have an interesting and meaningful program planned for Mennofolk.

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