Ray is one of the best flatpick guitarists
I know, and I've meet quite a few. He may be best known to
many people as half of the former guitar picking country duo, Newkirk
and Bell. Mild mannered guitar teacher by day, his main
passions are country music and fiddle tunes. With country
music, he is equally comfortable and dexterous on either acoustic
or electric guitar. With fiddle tunes, he'll either use his
guitar to pick them out with taste and precision or to provide a
solid rhythm and melodic accompaniment for a lead fiddler.
Always a pleasure to watch or listen to in either case. His
current musical partner is the amazingly talented fiddler, Shamma
Sabir of the Sabir Sisters fame from British Columbia (Canada).
One of Ray's sideline
hobbies is dabbling with sound recording. Actually it's well
beyond the dabbling stage but on the other hand it still hasn't
taken over his life, yet...
Ray Bell can be heard
on a 1998 CD recording of Newkirk and Bell, Dreams in a Dry
Land (Harptree Productions #HCD002).
Ray Bell teaches guitar and co-owns Music in the House in Regina.