Marcy Marxer

Marcy is a multi-instrumentalist, studio musician, performer, songwriter and producer with 30 years of experience and a shelf of impressive awards. She has played acoustic music on Emmy Award winning National Geographic specials, platinum shipping Eva Cassidy CD’s and on over 100 recordings and instructional materials created with her partner, Cathy Fink.

Marcy's guitar playing spans a variety of styles- swing rhythm and lead, bluegrass, old time, celtic fingerpicking, folk fingerpicking and some of the most tasteful backup you can hear. The C.F. Martin Co. has honored Marcy with her very own signature model guitar, the MC3H which she helped design. Flatpick Guitar Magazine called Marcy “one of the country’s top Western style guitar players”. She also plays mandolin, bouzouki, hammered dulcimer, Latin percussion, banjos, pennywhistle and flutes and of course, the beloved ukulele.
After a recording session with Mike Seeger, Marcy fell in love with his 1918 Gibson cello banjo. She searched the world for one, recorded some youtube clips and was soon gaining a following for her amazing cello banjo music.
The Gold Tone Banjo Company began making the Marcy Marxer model Cello Banjo and the instrument has since shown up in folk, celtic and even punk bands!

The fun-loving Marcy is all about connecting music and people. She co-directs UKEFEST at The Music Center at Strathmore, heading into its 10th year with students ages 10-80 and runs the online Ukulele Social Club - a worldwide social network of ukulele players
Master of wordplay, Marcy' s songwriting is yet another facet of her talents. Check out "Swingtime Lullaby" where she creates 2 swing songs with different melodies over the same chord progression in the 1940's style. Or listen to the "Washboard Rhythm Song" on the "Banjo To Beatbox" project to be amazed at her internal rhyming.

Last, but not least, Marcy is a wonderful teacher with a large following at top music camps such as Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp, Mars Hill, Woods Camp, etc. One fun-lovin' gal with talent in all 10 fingers and a heart of gold to accompany them!
Marcy teaches guitar, ukulele and mandolin for Truefire.com and Homespun Tapes. She also teaches Ukulele for Peghead Nation.

She has released 47 recordings with partner, Cathy Fink. The most recent are:
Shout and Shine – Trio CD with Sam Gleaves
Get Up and Do Right – Five-String and Cello Banjo Duets & more
Zoom A Little Zoom: A Ride Through Science – family CD