Accordion at its Best

Photo by Dave Davies.

A personal note:

Well, friends, this pandemic has turned the world on its head in so many ways. My greatest wish for you is that you stay safe and healthy and have some peace of mind. As you can imagine, it was pretty scary watching several months of gigs vanish in the blink of an eye. But that is trivial compared to the suffering that many folks are enduring right now.

Our new situation has made me realize how much I have neglected the online aspect of my career these past few years. I’ve been too busy traveling to pay much attention to it! SO, this website is not exactly up to date, but please keep checking back, as I plan to use some of this time at home to spruce things up here in the digital world. And please get in touch if you’d like a skype lesson or a virtual event. I have a few surprises in store for the next couple months, too, so stay tuned!

Be well, my friends!


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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