| mf Manitoba | mf On the Prairie | mf Sound in the Land | mf Town Hall Concert Series | mf Bluffton |
mennofolk:::::a celebration of contemporary Mennonite faith and culture through acoustic music and song

Performers Contact Us What is Mennofolk? Folkdata Potluck Home

::: New! :::

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....

Read more here.

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. :-)

Read more here.

Matthew Keeler (Blues Reveler)

http://bluesreveler.weebly.com/
Matthew Keeler (Blues Reveler)

Although Matt started off playing pre-WWII blues and spirituals on guitar, he is seldom satisfied with doing one thing for long. If there is a common thread running through it all, though, his music is a testimony to the transcendent power of America’s imagined past; it allows people to understand the history of American music in a way that is personally meaningful. To this end he likes to explore various styles, including ragtime, fiddle tunes, and Irish traditional music. He also continually learns to play new instruments, most recently hurdy gurdy and mandolin, in an effort to broaden his listener's ears and his own expressive palate.

Even the smallest, most simple instruments can add character. With this in mind, he and his friends have fooled around with making some homespun music. Matt built a washboard and a washtub bass, and fools around with pennywhistle, jug, harmonica, rhythm bones, and other odds and ends.

As a songwriter, Matt draws on the personal experiences of his life in Northwest and West Central Ohio. He grew up in rural Swanton, OH, the son of a Toledo newspaperman-turned-preacher and a local prosecuting attorney. In his formative years, he belted out loping, country-gospel hymns with his congregation at Maplewood United Methodist and watched his saxophone teacher, "Big Daddy Cool," play the blues at Theo’s Tavern on Summit Street in nearby Toledo. When his family finally moved to that city, he gleaned a new vocabulary from the freight trains, cargo ships, refinery towers, and greasy spoons that graced the blessed East Side. He continues to recast his thoughts and dreams in the vernacular of folk America, which has become his spiritual home.

He has several music projects in the works. He is making a demo CD with friends, and is in the process of exploring work as a historical performer.

Matt also teaches in the Catholic schools of Putnam County and plays for several area church services. He lives in Ottawa, OH with his wife, Jennifer, and three children, Anna, Jack, and Isaiah.

Check out Matt's free downloads at http://matthewkeeler.bandcamp.com/


General contact info. Booking info.
Matthew Keeler
keelermatt77@gmail.com
(419) 615-6094
440 N. Walnut St.
Ottawa, OH 45875 USA
Matthew Keeler
keelermatt77@gmail.com
(419) 615-6094

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.

 

©Mennofolk info@mennofolk.org