CATHY FINK & MARCY MARXER with SAM GLEAVES
"Spellbinding acoustic musicians, with a rare mastery of American roots styles...sublime musicianship and droll lyricism." -BOSTON GLOBE
"As close to flawless folk/bluegrass as it gets" -BILLBOARD
CATHY FINK & MARCY MARXER have entertained the Queen of Thailand and the AFL-CIO, performed at hundreds of folk festivals, appeared on the "Today Show" and on National Public Radio. They have advocated in Washington for unions, health care for children and the rights and livelihoods of artists.
The duo creates superb harmonies backed by instrumental virtuosity on string banjo, ukulele, mandolin, cello-banjo, and many other instruments. They perform classic country to western swing, gypsy jazz to bluegrass, and old-time string band to contemporary folk including some original gems.
They have taken over 60 WAMMIE Awards for folk, bluegrass and children's music. They have performed with Pete Seeger, Theodore Bikel, Tom Paxton, Patsy Montana, Riders in the Sky and a wide range of musical luminaries.
SAM GLEAVES: Appalachian singer - multi-instrumentalist - songwriter
"Mixing old time country with newly written songs that weave powerful messages and stories" -SINGOUT!
His critically acclaimed debut record, produced by Cathy Fink, was featured by NPR, No Depression and others. Its song "Just Like Jordan" took the Silver Medal at the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest.
Born and raised in Wythe County in southwest Virginia, Gleaves performs innovative mountain music combining history and pride: traditional Appalachian ballads, dance tunes, original songs and the stories that surround the music.
Gleaves writes new songs in the Appalachian tradition, telling stories about love, the home place, working people and present social issues in the mountains. Appalachian author Lee Smith has deemed him "courageous as hell and country to the bone . . . the best young songwriter around." Gleaves' music has been featured by National Public Radio, Kentucky Educational Television, West Virginia Public Radio, Appalshop's WMMT FM, KEXP, Exclaim!, The Windy City Times, Sing Out!, The Bitter Southerner, and Still Journal. AIN'T WE BROTHERS (2015), his debut record of original songs produced by Cathy Fink, has been reviewed by National Public Radio, No Depression, and The Bluegrass Situation.
"A stunning first album. I keep very few albums that I am given. This one's a keeper" PEGGY SEEGER