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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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Dave and Joanna Woodsmall

Dave and Joanna Woodsmall

Dave and Joanna met in the late 90s playing in bands together around Bloomington, IN. After a few years they decided to commit their lives to each other and to the music that brought them together. They 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. Dave and Joanna also have over 300 original songs between the two of them which they intersperse during performances. The Woodsmalls incorporate the study of ethnomusicology into their music, meaning they are not just interested in how a song goes but deeply concerned with where the song originates, who may have sung it before, and how the song has traveled and changed. 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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Joanna Woodsmall
joannawoodsmall@yahoo.com
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Paoli, IN
Joanna Woodsmall
joannawoodsmall@yahoo.com
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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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