Posted by bluegrassjunkie on Monday, May 27, 2013
We welcome Hangout member Cathy Fink as our latest endorser for the BanjoMate Thinline Armrest. Cathy has been using the Thinline for some time and "loves them!"
From her bio..."Singer, songwriter, producer, engineer, banjo picker, guitar player and community activist, CATHY FINK lives an eclectic career in the music industry and beyond. She is not only well known as half of the GRAMMY® winning duo, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, but for her volunteer efforts and activism within the music industry and on behalf of issues and organizations that care about children.
Cathy is one of the country’s finest clawhammer banjo players. In 1980 she became the first woman to win the West Virginia State Old Time Banjo contest, an honor she earned 3 times. She has taught banjo, guitar, fiddle, vocal styles, harmony singing and songwriting at music camps such as Augusta, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Kaufman Kamp, California Coast Music Camp and Swannanoa.
Cathy Fink began playing the banjo in 1974 as part of the “earn while you learn” program of making a living at folk music. Her banjo recordings include: “Banjo Haiku: 26 Clawhammer Banjo Tunes”, “Old Time Music Party”, “Old Time Slow Jam” on Homespun Tapes with Bruce Molsky and Marcy Marxer, and “Singing With the Banjo, Clawhammer Style” DVD on Homespun Tapes. She and Marcy produced the remarkable “The Oldtime Banjo Festival” CD and Cathy’s GRAMMY® nominated solo project “Banjo Talkin’”.
Her interest in the rich history of women in country music led Cathy to meet, play music with and even perform with some of country’s greatest female pioneers. She and Marcy toured and performed with Patsy Montana for 10 years. Patsy was the first woman in country music to sell one million records with the song “I Wanna Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart” in 1935. She visited, interviewed and played music with Ola Belle Reed and Lily May Ledford."
Cathy and Marcy are trailblazers in children’s and family music. Their relationship with family audiences spans over 25 years of live performances and 20 award winning recordings. They play dozens of instruments from banjo to mandolin to rockin’ electric guitar, steel drum and ukulele. (we also support kids and string teachers by donating our BowMate product to El Sistema inspired programs all around the world)
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