Becoming queen of the banjo is a strange fate for one born in Baltimore. But Cathy Fink has taken to acoustic music as if she were born in the hills of West Virginia. Twice winner of the West Virginia Banjo Championship, Fink also has produced three children's albums.
Cathy Fink and her singing partner, Marcy Marxer, will appear in concert Sunday in the University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts auditorium. Children's matinee at 3 p.m. (tickets $2, available only at the door) and an evening performance at 7 (tickets $7, available at Acoustic Music, Intermountain Guitar and Banjo, Smokey's Records and the Great Salt Lake Guitar Co., Provo ). The events are sponsored by the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association.Her music background is also a bit surprising. Not discovering the banjo until she was 20, Fink began as a piano student. In a telephone interview from her Washington, D.C., home, Fink said, "When I was 12 I found I preferred the guitar, so it wasn't too strange that I gravitated to folk music and the banjo when I was in Montreal."
While attending college, Fink became immersed in an active folk music community. "I heard a variety of different live folk music and began playing the banjo and hammered dulcimer," she said. It wasn't long until she began playing traditional country songs.
But a Cathy Fink concert provides a Mulligan stew of music. From the country you come expecting, you'll hear bluegrass, folk, gospel and a delightful array of children's sing-alongs. Her songs of social commentary are in the best tradition of folk music and will include the touching song Fink wrote in commemoration of the AIDS quilt project.
Partner Marcy Marxer is an accomplished songwriter as well and will perform her "Your Friendship Carries Me" at the concert. Marxer will exhibit her expertise on guitar, hammered dulcimer, mandolin and ukulele.