Cathy Fink is best known as half of the duo, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, The duo has won two GRAMMY® Awards for their CD, “Bon Appétit” and as producers and artists on “cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins” and have an additional 9 GRAMMY® nominations, 60 awards from the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA), and awards from the American Federation of Independent Music, American Library Association, Parents’ Choice and numerous other organizations.
Cathy is one of the country’s finest clawhammer banjo players. In 1980 she became the first woman to win the West Virginia State Old Time Banjo contest, an honor she earned 3 times. She has taught banjo, guitar, fiddle, vocal styles, harmony singing and songwriting at music camps such as Augusta, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and Swannanoa since 1984. Her CD, “Banjo Haiku” has been an underground bible of clawhammer playing. The latest banjo recordings are “Banjo Talkin” (2007) and the 18 artist compilation, “OLD TIME BANJO FESTIVAL”, produced by Cathy & Marcy (2007).
Cathy teaches banjo online at http://truefire.com/Cathy (DVD-R and download courses) and in an online classroom here:
Cathy & Marcy have toured the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. Their hot trio with fiddler Barbara Lamb represented the U. S. State Department on a cultural diplomacy tour to China, Malaysia, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.
Old time banjo players will have a great week with new repertoire and techniques, jam sessions and inspiration! Cathy will be out and about with her guitar, fiddle and uke for jam sessions, too!
Most recent recordings:
Banjo Talkin’ – NEW BANJO CD with Tony Trischka, Bruce Molsky, Marcy Marxer
Old Time Banjo Festival – produced by Cathy & Marcy, 29 tunes, 21 banjo players!
Singing with the Banjo (instructional DVD on Homespun Tapes)
cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins (w/PeteSeeger, Sweet Honey, Riders in the
Sky & others) GRAMMY® Award Winner for Best Children’s Music
Bon Appétit! Musical Food Fun, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer (children’s recording)