Chris started on his folk music journey just as he was starting college, when he sat down in a Knoxville, Tennessee movie theater to watch The Graduate. The Simon & Garfunkel songs transfixed him and sent him home to drag out the Sears Silvertone guitar he had acquired on a whim years earlier. Within an year he and a pal were performing in folk coffeehouses around the University of Tennessee campus. Chris earned bachelor's and master's degrees in theater and communications and pursued a broadcasting career, all the while continuing to hone his folksinging and guitar skills. He moved to Atlanta in 1975 and became involved in the folk music scene here. In the early 80s he underwent another epiphany – again in an old Knoxville movie theater, but one that hosted a Celtic music concert headlined by Mick Moloney and fiddler Eugene O'Donnell. The show ignited a passion for Celtic folk music, shared by friend Phil Matteson. After performing for several years as a folk duo, they formed the Celtic band Barney's Goat, an ensemble that continued with various personnel for three decades.
Since the late 1980s Chris has been president of Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music. As Vice-President of the Atlanta Celtic Festival in the 1990s, he helped the festival evolve from a small local event to one of international repute by attracting world-famous Celtic music recording artists as headliners.
Carol Moser, an Atlanta native, learned Southern traditional music from childhood from her mother, highly acclaimed folk musician Betty Fowler. Raised on Joan Baez, Josh White, Leadbelly and other great artists of 50s and early 60s folk, protest and traditional music, Carol developed a love and appreciation very early on for the music shared at home and around many a campfire “hootenany” as her family frequently spent vacations camping. In the 1990s, Betty and Carol formed a Mother-Daughter folk duo and were in high demand as performers. They recorded four albums as Southern Lace. After Betty's untimely death, Carol continued performing solo and with other artists. She also took Betty’s place as secretary of Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music.
These days, when not working as a human resources professional at Emory University in Oxford, Carol is completing formal training to become a certified Music Therapist. She is Interested in a variety of musical genres and a multi-instrumentalist, Carol enjoys the different flavors of music in Redwine Jam.
Brenda Lloyd, also an Atlanta native, has been singing and involved in music nearly all her life. She has studied and played several instruments, including clarinet, guitar, and recorder, but her great love has been singing just about any form of music out there. Currently, she sings with the choir and the Hildegard Ensemble at Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. She joined Redwine Jam in 2017 and greatly enjoys singing folk, Appalachian, Celtic and the other types of music that Redwine Jam performs. A retired journalist, Brenda also enjoys writing and currently is editor of The Broadside, a quarterly newsletter of the Atlanta Early Music Alliance, and is working on a medieval mystery.