The Kennedy Center

Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer



Biography

Two-time GRAMMY® Award Winners, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are a formidable powerhouse of sound, with a repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk, old-time country and swing music. Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on the acoustic & electric guitar, five-string banjo, mandolin, cello banjo, ukulele, percussion and many other instruments. Top it off with a witty stage presence and warm audience rapport and you've got a well loved music duo.

They’ve earned two Grammy Awards, in 2004 and 2005 for “cELLAbration: a Tribute to Ella Jenkins” and for “ Bon Appétit!”. In 2003, they were GRAMMY nominated for their CD, “POSTCARDS” in the Best Traditional Folk Album category. They received another GRAMMY® nomination in that category for "Banjo Talkin'" They produced and performed on Tom Paxton’s GRAMMY® nominated “Live in the UK” CD and tour. Tom says, "Cathy & Marcy are at home in a dozen musical styles. They swing you, jazz you, and old timey you till you just give up and bliss out."

In 2006, the C. F. Martin Company honored Cathy & Marcy’s musical achievements by creating a signature guitar for each of them, the M3H Cathy Fink Custom Signature Edition and the MC3H Marcy Marxer Custom Signature Edition. National sales of the guitar have been impressive. In 2008, the Gold Tone Banjo company released the Marcy Marxer model cello banjo, modeled after Marcy’s remarkable Gibson 1918 cello banjo.

In 2006, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts commissioned Cathy & Marcy to create a multi-media theater show on the history of country music for family audiences. “Cathy & Marcy’s Country Music Jamboree” was a hit during the Kennedy Center’s Country Music Festival. Joined by Rickie Simpkins (fiddle), Dave Giegerich (dobro, steel guitar) and Ralph Gordon (bass), Cathy & Marcy brought the roots of country music to life.

Their recorded catalogue of CD’s, DVD’s and instructional materials includes an astounding 45 titles. Recognized as top-notch songwriters, were 2006 Grand Prize Winners in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for the song, “Scat Like That”, title song of their latest family recording on Rounder Records. In 2009 they were finalists in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the International Songwriting Contest.

What do Tom Paxton, Si Kahn, Riders in the Sky, Pete Seeger, Brave Combo, Mariachi Los Camperos, Mike Seeger, Patsy Montana, Pete Kennedy and Ysaye Barnwell all have in common? They have all worked with Cathy & Marcy in the studio. Their skills have led to producing over 60 recordings by and with other artists, and to projects with National Geographic, AT&T, McGraw-Hill School Publishing and numerous corporate clients who appreciate roots music values.

Cathy & Marcy have performed at hundreds of bluegrass and folk festivals, appeared on the "Weekend Today Show", “CBS Early Show”, National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered”. In their 25+ years performing together, the Washington Area Music Association has recognized Cathy & Marcy with 50 WAMMY Awards for folk, bluegrass and children’s music.
Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer