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11/4: Olta Chattanooga

Randy Walker is a native of Chattanooga, and grew up in a musical family. He has performed in many diverse musical styles, including Southern Gospel, Contemporary Christian, Classical, Renaissance, and Folk. He was a vocal music major in college, but has always loved folk music. There is just something about folk music in general, and Celtic music in particular, that really touches the soul. Randy is married to his college sweetheart, Diane, who is his biggest fan, and has always been very supportive of his music.

Julie Kunesh, a southern Tennessee gal with a little rhythm, grew up in Chattanooga. Julie is married with 4 kids and 2 cats. Julie’s journey into the Celtic music scene began when she started hosting music parties at her house a few years ago. It all blossomed from there. She enjoyed her recent trip to Eire, especially the black pudding. Julie’s friends say she has a nice beat and easy to dance to.

Rachel Lightfoot has enjoyed singing and making music most of her life. She was introduced to the bodhran by a friend who was teaching a class on the subject and been hooked on the rhythms ever since. Rachel and Randy started singing and playing music together almost 20 years ago, including ‘The New World Irish Band’ which played local Chattanooga venues for several years. Rachel started playing concertina in 2004 and has enjoyed both the versatility and portability! Rachel lives with her husband, Brantley, and their nephew Michael.

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