Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer

November 10, 2010

We were given tickets, well, it was a combination of being given tickets and me asking – it never hurts to ask! – to see Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer in concert at McCabe’s Guitar Store in Santa Monica. Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer are multi-Grammy Award Winning acoustic musicians. (They have a current total of 11 Grammy nominations!) Their music is folk, roots, and more music traditions. What I love about their music is their sense of fun, charming lyrics, and most importantly, their joy toward their younger audience members. They truly love and understand children and welcome you into their world of music in a gentle, human way. Prior to the concert, Marcy played her mandolin while Cathy walked around the room, playing her banjo and greeting the audience as if she were re-aquainting herself with friends. The youngest friend was four months old, the oldest member, well, it’s not polite to ask.

Once the concert began, Cathy simply walked back to the front where they had set up a small stage area on the same level as the audience. This made the concert feel intimate, despite the many concert goers.  From the moment they played, Mishy was up on her feet dancing, jumping, running around and twirling.

It is a treat to see musicians of this caliber joyfully bringing music into our lives – to children of all ages. I was singing along to some old children song favorites such as Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter, Jelly and danced with Mishy as we pretended to air guitar.  We clapped along and jumped and for forty-five minutes, the audience was together – enjoying the honesty of music with spirit, heart, and fun!

Currently, they are having a special on their website. 25% off their CD’s and DVDs with the code GRAMMY. I really enjoyed the concert and listening to their music is equally, if not more pleasurable.


Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer’s website:

If you have a child who is interested in learning the banjo, their website has excellent learning/playing tools.

McCabe’s Guitar Store – McCabe’s is an institution in Santa Monica. Everyone must go to a concert there.