MerleFest 2007, Photo by Forrest L. Smith, III
|Born||15 December 1975|
|Website||Rayna Gellert's website|
Rayna Gellert (born December 15, 1975) is an American fiddler and singer specializing in old-time music. She grew up in Elkhart, in northern Indiana. Her father is the traditional fiddler and banjo player Dan Gellert. Originally a classically-trained violinist, she took up the old-time fiddle in 1994, when she moved to North Carolina to attend Warren Wilson College. She received a bachelor's degree from Warren Wilson College.
Gellert is a former member of the Freight Hoppers. From 2003 to 2009 she performed and recorded with the all-female old-time band Uncle Earl. In 2003, she was a featured performer at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. She has also performed with the dance company Rhythm in Shoes, the West African-influenced band Toubab Krewe, Abigail Washburn, and Scott Miller. She has toured throughout the United States, Europe, and Chile.
- 2000 - Ways of the World
- 2012 - Old Light- Songs from my Childhood & Other Gone Worlds
With Uncle Earl
- 2004 - Going to the Western Slope (EP)
- 2004 - Raise A Ruckus (EP)
- 2005 - She Waits For Night (Rounder)
- 2007 - Waterloo, Tennessee (Rounder)
With Susie Goehring
- 2005 - Starch & Iron