Biographical Info

Woody and Marcia McKenzie have been playing music together since they were married in 1983.

Singing with the dogs

They met in the White Mountains of Arizona, where they were introduced through their music. Long-time residents of the New River Valley (Virginia), they moved to Lynchburg in the fall of 1998, bringing with them their unique blend of contemporary and original folk, traditional music of southern Appalachia and the British Isles, children's music, funny songs, and even some swing and jazz standards. Over the years this husband-wife duo has provided music for square dances and contra dances and has performed for weddings, coffeehouses, restaurants, schools, libraries, festivals, conferences, retirement homes, and private parties. Outside of Virginia, they have played for audiences in Arizona, Wyoming, North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, and even Denmark!

Marcia

Marcia, originally from Ithaca, New York, grew up playing the oboe in public school, but it wasn't until after college that she began to explore more traditional forms of music. After teaching herself to play the mandolin, she later picked up guitar and then clawhammer banjo. Over the years she has added rhythm piano, drums, concertina and various whistles. But her favorite, and most powerful, instrument is her voice.

Woody

Woody was born in the coal country of southern West Virginia and grew up in a musical family. However, he didn't become interested in music himself until he moved away from home and missed hearing his folks play. He is accomplished on guitar and mandolin, but fiddle is his greatest love.

The McKenzies' variety of musical styles and instrumentation, their strong individual and duet vocals, and their repertoire of lively tunes, unique original songs, familiar ballads, inspiring sing-alongs, and humorous novelty songs, all come together to create an energetic brand of entertainment that appeals to young and old alike. Former members of two clogging groups, they sometimes even incorporate a little "flat-footing" into their performances.

In addition to performing, both have taught various instruments, Marcia likes to call simple circle, square, and contra dances, and Woody builds stringed instruments in his spare time. By day, Woody teaches at Lynchburg College and maintains his own website there. Marcia works at Randolph College, also in Lynchburg.