Bell House Band plays Americana, folk, and original music on guitar, bass and Mandolin. Band members Connie Dretske, Bob Stuber and Jim Armstrong live in Winona, Minnesota.
Jim Armstrong is a former Poet Laureate of Winona, Minnesota. He was the recipient of a 2016 SEMAC grant which culminated in a performance at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum of songs and poems about his grandparents titled Ohio River Blues. “Cornbread,” one of the Ohio River Blues songs placed in the 2017 Great River Folk Fest’s song writing contest.
Connie Dretske was trained as a classical bassoon player but couldn’t find any gigs. So she picked up bass and now plays with Irish session band Patina in addition to The Bell House Band.
Bob Stuber has played and sung in a number of Southeast Minnesota folk bands, including Fiddler’s Green, The Zephyr Valley String Band, and Turkey Creek. He is also a live sound technician and sometimes sound designer.