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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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El Zarpe

El Zarpe

The band El Zarpe is named after a very Costarican phrase used to describe the last brownie you know you shouldn't have, but you do anyways. Goshen, Indiana’s Nayla Jimenez and her two lovely brothers make up El Zarpe, and will be bringing acoustic Latin music to Mennofolk. Joel, Jairo and Nayla are Costarican, and they all play guitar, cajón, and bass, which they rotate through the show. Joel is a professional musician and sound engineer who's been touring for 9 years now, including the early days of the Philly-based band Lotus. All three of the siblings sing together. Half of the songs are originals and the other half are covers.


General contact info. Booking info.
Joel Jimenez
funkytico@gmail.com
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Goshen, IN
Joel Jimenez
funkytico@gmail.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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