Cathy Fink

Artist/Educator
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer/Community Music, Inc.

Cathy Fink is a two-time GRAMMY Award winner with an additional 11 GRAMMY nominations and more than 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 and USA Songwriting Contest. She's had her songs recorded by artists worldwide. Her 45-year career includes tours of the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, The British Isles, Israel and South Africa.

In 2007, the C.F. Martin Guitar Company honored Cathy with her own signature guitar. The same year, Nora Guthrie, daughter of Woody Guthrie, invited Cathy to create music to one of her father's poems. The resulting song, “Howdy Little Newly Come,” was recorded with Irish super group Cherish the Ladies and is on Cathy and 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 “Ukefest”, the Birchmere’s “Mike Seeger Commemorative Old Time Banjo Festival”, the annual “Tribute to Hank Williams” (21 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 more than 70 recordings of other artists and Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer have released 47 albums. The duo considers themselves “Social Music Conductors,” encouraging folks of all ages to celebrate music together. cathymarcy.com