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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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What is the folkdata database?

Simply put, the folkdata database is intended to be a comprehensive listing of Mennonite artists and performers.

In practical terms, we hope that it will serve several purposes. Mennonites in North America live in increasingly diverse locations and maintaining a focused faith connection within the arts community can be difficult. We hope that folkdata will be a vehicle for artists and performers to connect with their peers in the contemporary Mennonite world.

Second, we hope to be more accessible to the general population. As the world becomes ever smaller with the growth of technology and free flow of information, folkdata will provide a resource for persons interested in learning more about the Mennonite culture through music, song, and the visual arts.

 

 

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