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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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Call for Songs - "Songs of Place" Project

What is the "Songs of Place" Project?

We are inviting people to pay close attention to their local ecology, write a song or songs rooted in that particular place, and submit them to the "Mennofolk/Songs of Place" Project coordinators. "Songs of Place" will be featured prominently in the Mennofolk concert in Waterloo, Ontario on June 5, 2014 (as part of the Sound in the Land conference/festival), and selected songs will be included in a compilation CD.

Through this "Songs of Place" Project we want to invite and stimulate individuals and communities to become more aware, committed, and engaged in local environmental issues that are impacting their communities, and to inspire greater commitment to creation care. And we are calling on songwriters to step up and make your voices heard!

What kinds of songs?

These are not generic "save the planet" type songs. The songs we are looking for are rooted in a very specific, particular place. They may celebrate something, or lament something, or describe/evoke something, or tell a story of something that is going on in your own ecological backyard. The sky (quite literally) is the limit here - think big but think local!

How do I submit a song?

To submit a song, please fill out a registration form and upload your song. A rough demo recording is fine. We’re wanting to stimulate the song-writing and song-sharing process - the focus is not on a polished recording. Songs that are selected (beginning in April 2014) for the "Songs of Place" compilation CD will receive the "polished recording" treatment. Don’t worry about that now - send us a "demo" of your song - we can’t wait to hear it!

NOTE: each artist can submit as many songs as they would like, however, a separate registration form is required for each submission.

What if I’m interested, but not very confident or experienced about writing a song…?

We are looking for broad participation - from experienced songwriters, and from people who have never tried writing a song before. Do you like to co-write? Need help with an idea? We are hoping to schedule some workshops in the months leading up to "Sound in the Land" to help "get the juices flowing". If you would like to be included in a workshop in your area, please indicate on your registration form.

Keep connected and share/receive ideas through the "Songs of Place Project - Mennofolk" Facebook Group

This is only the beginning. There are other ideas in the works as well. We hope you’ll join the conversation, as we pay attention to our local ecologies and write and share songs with each other!

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