What Folks Say

“The McKenzies’ ability to entertain and involve others was excellent.… Best evening of the program… Lots of fun… Lots of variety… The McKenzies really made the program fit this audience…”
                        --Excerpts from Elderhostel (Road Scholar) program evaluations, Mountain Lake Hotel, Giles Co., VA 

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“Woody and Marcia McKenzie, hard working veterans of the local folk/swing/old-time/dance scene, have marched boldly into a recording endeavor that would terrify less hardy souls.  The McKenzies’ latest CD, Live From Mountain Lake, is just that – a digital recording of the live show the duo has been developing and perfecting for years… And they pull it off beautifully.  It’s obvious that they’re comfortable with the venue, the audience, and each other, and it shows in their confident performance of this collection of their favorites.”
                        --Excerpt from review in Expressions magazine, Blacksburg, VA

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“You are such an absolute joy ; our friends and we will never ever forget your contribution to the wedding. It was the best party I've ever thrown mostly due to the music/interactive dancing!”
                        --Laura from VA

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“The feedback from the dance was great!  The music was awesome as usual.  We enjoyed learning some new dances and the variety was fun.  Many people appreciated the way the dances were clearly explained.  I think this was our best dance yet!  Thank you so much for your effort in teaching and leading the dances.  We will be in touch for next year!”
                        --Sue Ann, referring to the Bedford, VA Homeschoolers’ Vintage Ball 

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“I wanted you to know what a complete delight it was to hear you in Floyd last night. Your music making demonstrates a natural and perspicacious sense of style and communication that is truly refreshing. Thank you for the integrity and joy that you bring to your performance. It is clear that you are both musicians of wit, wisdom and technique! I look forward to hearing you again soon!”
                        --Steven White, Artistic Director, Opera Roanoke,VA

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“Marcia and Woody McKenzie are a very talented duo who certainly write some fine songs.  I can imagine many of these being very popular in concert, and the fact that the recordings were simply made is very appealing.  I hope they come to a coffee-house near me some time.  I’d like to go hear them.”
                        --Tom Druckenmiller, Sing Out! – Vol. 53 #2, Autumn ‘09/Winter’10, p. 108

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“Yesterday was spectacular!  Everything came together beautifully, from the music to the picnic… It could not have happened without you.  Your part in providing music during the picnic made the day truly wonderful.  A million thanks.”
                        --Frank, St. John’s Church, Lynchburg, VA

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“You guys were great!  We can tell on the [program review] forms that the group LOVED the program. And, individually, or in groups of 2-3, I heard verbally from at least 12 of them all praising your workshop and your performance, If we received any criticism at all it was that they wanted more lecture & entertainment time!”
                        --Jim Gray, former Natural Bridge (VA) Elderhostel Director of Programming

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“The joy that the McKenzies have found in both performing and writing music is life’s reward for their diligence in applying the talent that they have.  Woody and Marcia are two very talented people who contribute greatly to the propagation of Appalachian folk traditions.”
                        --Graham, New Brunswick, Canada

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“Your musical performance at Natural Bridge Elderhostel was outstanding!  Thank you so very much for your background and musical knowledge and information.  We also enjoyed the afternoon class rich in culture and history.  Our first Elderhostel proved to be a winner for us.  We’ll be listening with a new appreciation.”
                        --Joyce, Elderhostel (Road Scholar) participant

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“What a terrific experience Bob and I had at the Elderhostel program two weeks ago!   You both are such talented musicians and engaging performers.  One of the things I liked best was your ability to interact with the participants and make the music of Appalachia alive, both currently and through the songs I remember my father singing to me at bedtime (especially Red River Valley and Let Your Ears Hang Low).  I've been playing your CDs just about non-stop since we got home...It was such a joy to meet you both and learn more about an incredibly beautiful part of our nation's musical heritage.”
                        --Diane, Elderhostel (Road Scholar) participant

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“I thought you guys did a fantastic job, and you bring so much more to the [wedding] gig with your singing and couple dance tunes.  It went really well...  I'd definitely like to work with you all again!”
                        --Ben, dance caller

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“I had my hands full with the dancers. I was delighted to not have my hands full with the band. You guys are pros…”
                        --Will, dance caller

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“The Morgans told me how great you and Woody were with the kids last night--they seemed surprised at the lack of maturity at times of the kids and how you were able to handle them so well.  Another couple who helped out last night was telling me how great you both were--unflappable and fun. I knew you'd be great!!”
                        --Feedback regarding a dance Marcia called for a large group of international students 

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“I absolutely loved my lesson with you yesterday - THANK YOU!!!!!!  You are so clear with your explanations and you get to the heart of the matter to really address the questions... you are a truly great teacher.  You gave me so much good information to work on which will be fun - and will undoubtedly generate more questions!  I really appreciated the written material you gave me - I've never had a teacher who did homework!”
                        --Terry, clawhammer banjo student

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“I often pass your names along for that type of gig [weddings, private parties, etc.]. You guys are ideal because you can offer so much for a reasonable price.  Just two of you - and you can sing, lead dances, lead sing-alongs, play swing tunes or waltzes, plus you bring, set up, and run your own sound, and you get in the same car and drive to the gig. The client gets a tremendous value - probably half the price or less than it would cost to put together band, caller, sound.”
                        --Shawn, dance caller 

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