Cathy Fink is a two-time GRAMMY® Award winner with an additional 11 GRAMMY nominations and over 60 Washington Area Music Awards with her partner, Marcy Marxer. Her musical specialties include old-time country, bluegrass, swing and various other roots styles. Cathy is a master of the five-string clawhammer banjo style and plays guitar, ukulele and fiddle. She also writes original songs and instrumental tunes and has won the John Lennon Songwriting contest, USA Songwriting Contest and had her songs recorded by artists worldwide. Her forty-five year career includes tours of the US, Canada, Japan, China, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, The British Isles, Israel and South Africa. Cathy & Marcy consider themselves “Social Music Conductors”, encouraging folks of all ages to celebrate music together.
In 2007, the C.F. Martin Guitar Company honored Cathy with her own signature guitar. The same year, Nora Guthrie invited Cathy to create music to one of her father, Woody Guthrie’s poems. The resulting song, “Howdy Little Newly Come” was recorded with Irish supergroup, Cherish the Ladies, and is on Cathy & Marcy’s album “Dancin’ in the Kitchen: Songs for All Families.”
Cathy is known as both a performer and organizer of musical events such as Strathmore’s “Uke & Guitar Summit”, the Birchmere’s “Mike Seeger Commemorative Old Time Banjo Festival”, the annual “Tribute to Hank Williams” (25 years at The Birchmere and other venues) and countless fundraising concerts that led her to co-author the book, “Note By Note: A Guide to Concert Production.” She has produced over 100 recordings of other artists and is currently at work on Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer’s 49th album, to be released in 2022.
Cathy has served as an advisor and mentor in the Music Center At Strathmore’s Artist in Residence program for the past 15 years, helping to guide the talent and careers of over 100 artists.
Cathy’s email signature sums up the craziness:
Farm owner, Half-Marathon Runner, Tunester, Songster, Happiness Creator, Event Instigator, Storyteller, Social Music Conductor!, CEO-Chief EVERYTHNG Officer @ Cathy & Marcy World Enterprises (including hole puncher), Optimist, Recycler, Cycler, Travel Agent, Bookkeeper, Shipping Clerk, Secretary, Label Manager, Artist Rep., Grammy Winner, Banjo Player, Pro Bono Advisor, Satirist, Content Creator, Dishwasher, Salt Lover, Songwriter, Activist, Chameleon, Hat Changer
Nat Hentoff of The Progressive and Village voice stated, " Her sound, phrasing, and resilient time combine with a compelling presence."