Marcy Marxer Spotlight

"Girl Django" from her CD Things Are Coming My Way
TGS Spotlight Player from November 29, 2012

MARCY MARXER is a multi-instrumentalist, studio musician, performer, songwriter and producer with 30 years of experience and a shelf of impressive awards. She has played acoustic music on Emmy Award winning National Geographic specials, platinum shipping Eva Cassidy CD’s and on over 50 recordings and instructional materials created with her partner, Cathy Fink.

Marcy's guitar playing spans a variety of styles- swing rhythm and lead, bluegrass, old time, celtic fingerpicking, folk fingerpicking and some of the most tasteful backup you can hear. The C.F. Martin Co. has honored Marcy with her very own signature model guitar, the MC3H which she helped design. Flatpick Guitar Magazine called Marcy “one of the country’s top Western style guitar players.” She also plays mandolin, bouzouki, hammered dulcimer, Latin percussion, banjos, pennywhistle and flutes and of course, the beloved ukulele.

After a recording session with Mike Seeger, Marcy fell in love with his 1918 Gibson cello banjo. She searched the world for one, recorded some YouTube clips and was soon gaining a following for her amazing cello banjo music. The Gold Tone Banjo Company began making the Marcy Marxer model Cello Banjo and the instrument has since shown up in folk, celtic and even punk bands!

The fun-loving Marcy is all about connecting music and people. She directs 3 ukulele orchestras: a seniors uke club, a Brownie uke club and the Ukulele Orchestra of Washington.

She has also created several online social networks for musicians:

Girls With Guitars - networking female guitar players, members as young as 12 and as old as 75+ have joined, met, swapped, displayed and enoyed.

Ukuelele Social Club - a worldwide social network of ukulele players

Marcy has put ukulele lessons online at YouTube and you can also see her incredible cello banjo playing there.

Master of wordplay, Marcy' s songwriting is yet another facet of her talents. Check out "Swingtime Lullaby" where she creates 2 swing songs with different melodies over the same chord progression in the 1940's style. Or listen to the new "Washboard Rhythm Song" on the "Banjo To Beatbox" project to be amazed at her internal rhyming.

Last, but not least, Marcy is a wonderful teacher with a large following at top music camps such as Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Camp, Mars Hill, Woods Camp, etc. One fun-lovin' gal with talent in all 10 fingers and a heart of gold to accompany them!

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