Rayna Gellert

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Rayna Gellert
MerleFest 2007, Photo by Forrest L. Smith, III
Background information
Born (1975-12-15) 15 December 1975 (age 42)
Origin Indiana
Genres Americana
Instruments Violin, vocals
Website Rayna Gellert's website

Rayna Gellert (born December 15, 1975) is an American violinist 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.[1] 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.

She has been a finalist at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, Fayette County, West Virginia several times.


As leader[edit]

  • 2000 - Ways of the World
  • 2012 - Old Light- Songs from my Childhood & Other Gone Worlds
  • 2017 - Workin's Too Hard

With Uncle Earl[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 2005 - Starch & Iron

With Scott Miller[edit]

  • 2012 - CoDependents (EP)[2]

With The Brothers K[edit]

  • 2015 - Rayna Gellert & the Brothers K (EP)


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