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Artist Spotlight: Rachel Bell

Rachel Bell grew up playing the piano and spent her college years studying music education and classical piano. As a college freshman, she surprised even herself when she picked up a piano accordion and ďaccidentallyĒ fell in love with it. Rachel now enjoys a busy gig schedule playing concerts, contra dances, English country dances, French dances, and festivals. She plays with Montage, Tunescape, the Andrew and Noah Band, and Happy Endings. The love of Rachelís life is her Italian-made, tone-chambered accordion named Alfredo, and together they have toured throughout the northeast and across the United States. Her favorite tunes include those from Quebec, Scotland, Scandinavia, England, and Ireland, but she has found herself particularly captivated by the music of France. She has composed piles of her own quirky tunes, a sampling of which are recorded on the Tunescape debut CD. Rachelís playing is infused with a contagious enthusiasm for her instrument and a deep love for the musical traditions she carries. Her passion is to share with others the delight she finds when immersed in this music, ushering them into a place where their toes canít help tapping and their ears are dunked in strawberry jam.

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