Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
With nothing more on board than the duo vocalizing with their strings and things, they give a master class in organic, acoustic music and show what a difference chops make …- Midwest Record
TWO-TIME GRAMMY® Award Winners, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are consummate entertainers, master musicians and trailblazers in multiple genres of folk, country, swing and family music. They are also two fun loving gals of the ukulele.
Cathy & Marcy's ukulele worlds began many years ago. In 1974, Cathy was gifted a vintage Gibson soprano ukulele by an elderly student. At about the same time, Marcy began strumming on the uke in Michigan, around the corner from where uke luthier David Talsma now lives. Uke accompaniment has been gracing their GRAMMY winning family music for over 25 years. And now, golly gosh, it's popular!
Veteran instructors and performers at the best-known music camps, they have enjoyed teaching at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, The Augusta Workshops, Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamps, Swannanoa Gathering and California Coast Music Camp. They are also amongst the most prolific and popular instructors with Homespun Tapes. In 1993, Marcy released a 2 Video set, now 2 DVD's, "Ukulele for Kids". It has been a BEST SELLER for Homespun Tapes. Can you believe she even teaches Ginger the Dog, a loveable puppet! Now, Marcy's YouTube lessons on ukulele have made fans around the world, both young and old! She has both online lessons and a course called “UKULELE FOR GUITAR PLAYERS” at www.truefire.com/Marcy.
The duo organizes and performs in the UKEFEST at THE MUSIC CENTER at STRATHMORE, drawing 2300 fans. This 5 day camp and free community concert pulls together players of all levels and fans to fuel them! They have also taught/performed at Ashokan Uke Festival, Lil Rev's Milwaukee Uke Fest, Uke Ceiliedh of Nova Scotia, Port Townsend Uke Fest & Camp, Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp and Swannanoa Gathering. As keynotes for the American Music Therapy Association, Cathy & Marcy brought the uke to hundreds of music therapists and as a result, there are university level music therapy courses in ukulele!
As performers, Cathy & Marcy have spent 35 years on tour worldwide from Japan to New Zealand, Vancouver to New York, China, Malaysia, and everywhere in between. Recent shows include the GRAMMY Museum (LA), Smithsonian Folklife Festival (Washington, DC) and Wolf Trap Theater in the Woods (VA), Tuscon Folk Festival and Chicago's WFMT Folk Festival. They are master musicians on ukulele, five string banjo, cello banjo, acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin, percussion and a world of other instruments.
Dani Joy & Perry Stauffer
Blending classic jazz expressions with original songwriting, multi-instrumentalists Dani Joy & Perry Stauffer will charm your socks off! Singing songs inspired by world travels, you're sure to be swept away by the ornate lyrics and memorable melodies of this dynamic duo.