Accordion at its Best

Photo by Dave Davies.

A new website is coming very soon! Keep watch for updates!

The pandemic has upended life for so many of us, and I have spent the past 6 months scrambling to figure out how to transition my touring life into online forms of music. Keep an eye out for a brand new website with new tunes to listen to, information on digital musical experiences of all kinds, and news about my upcoming tunebook!

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Rachel Bell is an accordion player, tunesmith, and music teacher based in Brattleboro, VT. She is in demand throughout the United States and beyond for concerts, contra dances, English country dances, French dances, workshops, children’s classes, and school residencies.

Over a decade of musical travel has landed her smack-dab in the middle of some of her most exciting projects ever. A vibrant and versatile collaboration with Karen Axelrod, exquisite violin and viola sounds from Eric Martin, a rich and energetic contra dance band called Seaglass, and a slew of French-focused music and dance adventures with Susan Kevra are just the tip of the iceberg. A recent addition has been a joyful musical partnership with Becky Tracy, and other combinations often round out the mix.

In addition to a busy performance schedule, Rachel also offers creative, hands-on music classes for children from birth through the teenage years. For more information on Crab Apple Jam programs, contact

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