Cathy Fink / Marcy Marxer

Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Cathy Ann Fink, 9 August 1953, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Fink learned to play guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion and the art of yodelling and first played on CBC Canada radio in 1974. Her main interest was folk music, until she became a student at McGill University, Montreal, where she became devoted to bluegrass and old-time. She formed an old-time duo with Duck Donald and from 1974-79, they toured Canada and recorded. She later claimed, ‘We learned every old time duet that had ever came out and had a repertoire of five or six hundred old time duets’.

Fink recorded her first solo album on the Likeable label in 1975. They eventually parted and she moved, as a solo artist, to Washington, DC. She played major festivals of bluegrass and old-time and at times devoted her recording and performing to the entertaining of children in hospital. During the early 80s, she was a Smithsonian Institute demonstrator and old-time revivalist at clubs...

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