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.
Skip Romaner has always had music as a central part of his life. He played flute in the 4th grade orchestra, and played alto sax in a jazz dance band in his early teens. His brother played trumpet, his mom and sister played piano, and all have many wonderful memories of their little family orchestra. At the University of Oklahoma, Skip started playing guitar and immediately fell in love with acoustic, folk and bluegrass music. Because there were always too many guitar players and not enough bass players, he also started playing upright and electric bass.
Skip came to Atlanta in June 1974, playing guitar in an electric country band. The band broke up after a few months, but he loved the warmth and friendliness of the city and thought he would stay for just a little while. He is a professional photographer by day, but music has always been a central part of his life.
Over the years Skip has played in many different music groups and bands, some of them notable, such as Sonny, Cher & Skip; Peter, Paul, Mary & Skip; Simon, Garfunkel & Skip; and Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young & Skip. But when he started playing with Chris & Carol, he soon realized that these other groups were merely steppingstones to his true destiny, playing with Redwine Jam.
Redwine Jam live at Johnnie McCracken's Celtic Pub in Marietta
L - R: Skip. Carol , Chris