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MacKay, Karen (b. 1952)

Karen is known as the "West Virginia Woman." It was at the Mountain State Art & Craft Fair in Ripley, WV, where fifteen year old Karen first sat at the feet of her teacher and mentor “Aunt Jennie” Wilson, the “undisputed banjo-pickin’ mountain matriarch of southern West Virginia.” From “Aunt Jennie” she learned the clawhammer style of banjo playing, as well as the old time songs and lore of the strong-minded women of the West Virginia mountains. For the next fifteen years Karen and “Aunt Jennie” were reunited for performances at that same fair. Karen also shared “Aunt Jennie’s” stories, old modal songs and folk philosophy in countless performances at fairs, festivals, conventions, and colleges throughout the East. Karen currently resides in Secane, PA, and she is available to provide programs, performances, concerts, workshops, and strolling entertainment at a wide variety of venues.

Martin, Windsong Dianne (b. 1954)

Dianne was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, to Sally and Bob Chapman. Dianne was interested in singing and music from a very young age and sang in many church and eclectic choirs. She learned to play guitar at fourteen and began to learn folk singing and began sharing her music in many settings. She wrote her first song in 1978. She received the singing name, Windsong, in 1978. She continues to write and sing for people in many settings—sharing songs about the beauty of nature and opening hearts with songs to inspire a compassionate humanity. She also teaches music is active in her own band which plays festivals and concerts primarily on the West Coast. She lives in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon in a rural valley called Williams. There she is raising a family, growing food, and continuing to express her love of music.

Mayer, Peter (b. 1963)

Peter is a singer/songwriter based in Stillwater, MN. He has been touring full-time since 1995. Peter has six CDs to his credit, and is currently working on his seventh. He has been a member of the White Bear Unitarian Universalist Community since 2000. Additional information about Peter and his compositions may be found at his website.

McDade, Carolyn (b. 1935)

Carolyn and was raised in Louisiana. She is a woman of faith seeking with others to touch what matters, and she has long, deep bonds with Unitarian Universalism. She now lives in Cape Cod, MA. See more information about Carolyn.

Moran, David (b. 1967)

David was born and currently lives in Richardson, TX. He is the music director at Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church in Carrollton, TX.

Morn, Mary Katherine (b. 1961)

Mary Katherine had her first church job as a pianist at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church in Shreveport, LA, while in college. She entered seminary directly out of college and has served UU churches in Macon, GA, and Nashville, TN. Mary Katherine is currently serving as the Minister of Worship at the Fairfax Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fairfax, VA.

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Last updated on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

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