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Rayna Gellert

Rayna Gellert plays her great-grandfather’s fiddle—the same one he was playing in 1917 when, as a Hungarian orchestral musician aboard an ocean liner, he wowed the U.S. Ambassador with a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and earned an invitation to America.


Rayna’s father played that fiddle too. The honest inheritor of his family’s musical legacy, Dan Gellert took a job as a meter reader, immersed himself in the old, weird music of America, and became the greatest fiddler you’ve never heard of.

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“Rayna Gellert is one of my biggest musical influences. Rayna's artistry, musicianship, and songwriting are stunningly soulful and deeply moving.” Abigail Washburn

“I love Rayna's musical personality, which is deep, funky, and complex.” Bela Fleck

“Rayna is one of the most empathic musicians I've played with.” Robyn Hitchcock

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