Two-time Grammy award winners, Cathy Fink and 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 and 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.
In 2006, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts commissioned the duo 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), the two brought the roots of country music to life.
This weekend, Fink and Marxer are bringing three shows to The Arts Place of Stokes at 502 Main Street in Danbury. Their residency kicks off Thursday night when they will be the featured guests in the Danbury Songwriters series, playing two 45-minute sets of tradition, folk, and eclectic music.
Saturday, June 9 bring the kids for a free 60-minute Family Music Party beginning at 11 a.m. In this entertaining and engaging interactive show, Fink and Marxer perform on a variety of instruments including electric and acoustic guitars, banjos, mandolin, ukulele, percussion and inspring homemade instruments (oatmeal box banjo, cigar box electric guitar). Drawing on their repertoire of over 250 songs and 30 plus years of performing, this show brings families together and allows kids to have fun and learn at the same time.
Fink and Marxer weekend residency wraps up with An Evening of Storytelling on Saturday, 7 p.m. As storytellers, they bring forward humor, wit, and passion about the history of women in country music, their world travels, songs that have changed lives and anecdotes from 40 years of social music making. They believe that telling stories and writing songs go hand in hand, the two crafts inform each other while offering different opportunities for detail and presentation.
Tickets to each of the shows are available online at www.squareup.com/store/stokesarts or by calling 336-593-8159. For more information, visit www.stokesarts.org.