Marjie McKee: vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards and cello.
Marjie grew up in a musical family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her parents, both musicians, were a strong influence in encouraging Marjie’s classical background.
They started her out on the piano "as she could reach the keys," and at age six introduced her to the Violin. At the age of nine, the Cello became her "main axe" because she loved the sound of the instrument. Around the age of ten, her parents bought Marjie her first guitar, which she learned to play by ear.
During her high school years she played Cello in her school orchestra, but was also a member of the Pittsburgh All City Orchestra. At seventeen, Marjie played her first show in the orchestra for "The Pittsburgh Savoyards," sharing a stand with her mother. She is a life-time member of that organization, and still plays with them from time to time, as time permits.
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she studied cello with Bob Sametini, and Guitar with Bill Purse at Duquesne University . Marjie has played in several local bands over the years including a Klesmer band call “Hutzpah,” which featured her father on the violin, her mom on keys, and her cousin Mark on the drums.
Jeff McKee: vocals and electric & upright bass, harp.
Jeff grew up in Lewistown, Pennsylvania and began playing bass at age 13. Although he played trumpet in elementary and jr. high school, he never had any formal training on the bass. Jeff played in numerous high school bands playing local dances after school sporting events. While in college, Jeff played in a successful Philadelphia based progressive rock band “Equuis.” After moving to Pittsburgh he played in several cover bands.
In the late 80’s Marjie met her husband Jeff while playing together in a country band “Lone Star.” They also played with “Roger Lee and Crossfire” and later met up with guitarist Wayne Jackson and formed “Allegheny Moonshine”. Marjie and Jeff moved to Connecticut and joined a very successful alternative and 80’s rock band “Tangled Web” playing greater Hartford venues.
After relocating back to Pittsburgh, Marjie and Jeff formed “Dreamcatcher” in 1997 and for the first time assumed the lead roles as vocalist and songwriters. Dreamcatcher was a well oiled machine gigging regional clubs for over 10 years.
Currently Marjie and Jeff diversify their musical projects and gig regularly as an acoustic duo, acoustic trio called “TRIAD”, and a 5 piece acoustic band "The Exports”.
"Songs About No One In Particular" - 2002 a Marjie & Jeff McKee (Dreamcatcher) release with songs written about bad relationships (mostly)
"JoDoz" - 2006 a Marjie & Jeff McKee dark concecpt album dedicated to two close friends who took their own lives.
2007 - "The Fennels" a 4 song EP
2012 lots of newsongs in the making!
Marjie & Jeff play an eclectic mix of original music along with Americana, rock, country, and Irish songs.
We generally do 3 sets, approximately an hour long.
Set lists may vary according to the venue.
With “The Exports” we do our own arrangements covering artists like: Allison Kraus, Newgrass Revival, David Bromberg, Tom Obrien, Gillian Welch, Nancy Griffith, Carla Bonoff, Gordon Lightfoot, Cindy Lauper , Little Feet, Gram Parsons, Emmy Lou, Diana Ross, Sheryl Crow, Louvin Brothers, Grateful Dead, Grissman, just to name a few.
In our acoustic trio “TRIAD” we cover artists such as: The Band, The Beatles, Blind Faith, Jimmy Buffet, Counting Crows, CS&N, Grateful Dead, Indigo Girls, Janis Joplin, Mamas and the Papas, Joan Osborne, Graham Parsons, Peter Paul & Mary, Pink Foyd, Pure Prairie League, James Taylor, Paul Thorn, Lucinda Williams, Neil Young, and a whole lot more!