Photo by Casey MartinRachel Bell (PA) is an accordion player, tunesmith, and music teacher from the wilds of Pennsylvania, though rarely home given the demand for her music throughout the US and beyond. Her musical horizons span a variety of dance traditions from New England contras to English country dances and French dances. Rachel can be heard at dances and on the concert stage with Peregrine Road (with Karen Axelrod), in Alchemy (with Eric Martin and Karen Axelrod), and in Old World Charm School (with Karen Axelrod and Susan Kevra). She also plays contra dances with Seaglass (with Andrew VanNorstrand and Eileen Kalfass) and is in the midst of launching a brand new contra, concert, and French band with Becky Tracy: Eloise & Co. Her debut CD, Tone Chamber, was released in June, 2016. In addition to her busy performance schedule, Rachel is collaborating with Susan Kevra to create new English country dance and tune pairings, with Rachel composing the music and Susan crafting the choreography. They have been releasing these compositions into the world one by one, and they hope to publish a full collection in the near future.