Colony & Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase Presents
The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase Kick-Off Concert
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Mary Flower, Tony McManus, Julia Toaspern
22 Rock City Road
Woodstock, NY, 12498
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase Kick-Off Concert
The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase Presents Kick-Off Concert Featuring Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Mary Flower, and Tony McManus & Julia Toaspern, Thursday October 25, 2018 at The Colony, Woodstock, New York
(September 10, 2018, Woodstock, NY) The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase presents a Kick-Off Concert, featuring Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer with Mary Flower plus Special Guests, Tony McManus & Julia Toaspern, 8:00 PM Thursday, October 25, 2018 at The Colony, 22 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY 12498, telephone 845-679-7625, www.colonywoodstock.com Tickets $15 advance, $20 day of show, through Colony Box Office: https://colonywoodstock.ticketfly.com/listing
The Kick-Off Concert is presented by the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase, an international acoustic guitar and stringed-instrument makers’ festival. This year’s Tenth Annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase, with a special emphasis on women luthiers and performing artists, takes place October 26, 27 & 28, 2018, at the Bearsville Theater, Utopia Soundstage and environs in Woodstock, New York. www.woodstockinvitational.com
This year’s Kick-Off Concert is presented with support from PRS Guitars, Stevensville, MD, and WKZE 98.1 FM, Red Hook, NY.
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
Two-time GRAMMY® Award Winners, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are an eclectic folk festival on their own terms. They have entertained the Queen of Thailand, been keynote singers for the AFL-CIO, performed at hundreds of folk festivals, appeared on the "Today Show" and on National Public Radio. Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on the guitar, five-string banjo, ukulele, mandolin, cello-banjo, and many other instruments. Their eclectic repertoire includes classic country to western swing, gypsy jazz to old-time stringband and bluegrass, contemporary folk and original gems. While their versatility defies a brief description, perhaps “well rounded Americana” does it best.
The Martin Guitar Company honored the duo with their own signature Martin Guitars, the MCH-Cathy Fink Model and the MC3H-Marcy Marxer model. Marcy re-discovered the four-string cello banjo inspiring the Gold Tone Company to make the Marcy Marxer model cello-banjo. She also designed her signature Kala Ukulele. Cathy is a three-time winner of the West Virginia State Banjo Contest and plays banjos made by Kevin Enoch, Larry Sifel, George Wunderluch and Will Fielding. The duo plays three different William Laskin guitars.
Mary Flower’s immense finger picking guitar and lap-slide prowess is soulful and meter-perfect, a deft blend of the inventive, the dexterous and the mesmerizing. Her supple honey-and-whiskey voice provides the perfect melodic accompaniment to each song’s story.
An internationally known and award-winning picker, singer/songwriter and teacher, the Midwest native relocated from Denver to the vibrant Portland, Oregon music scene in in 2004. She continues to please crowds and critics at folk festivals, teaching seminars and concert stages domestically and abroad, that include Merlefest, Kerrville, King Biscuit, Prairie Home Companion and the Vancouver Folk Festival, among many.
A finalist in 2000 and 2002 at the National Finger Picking Guitar Championship, a nominee in 2008, 2012 and 2016 for a Blues Foundation Blues Music Award, and many times a Cascade Blues Assn. Muddy Award winner, Flower embodies a luscious and lusty mix of rootsy, acoustic-blues guitar and vocal styles that span a number of idioms – from Piedmont to the Mississippi Delta, with stops in ragtime, swing, folk and hot jazz.
Flower’s 11 recordings, including her four for Memphis’ famed Yellow Dog Records — “Bywater Dance,” “Instrumental Breakdown,” “Bridges,” and “Misery Loves Company” — show a deep command of and love for folk and blues string music. For Flower, it’s never about re-creation. Her dedication to the art form is a vital contribution to America’s music.
To find a unique voice on the guitar is quite an achievement: to do so within a centuries old idiom where the instrument has no history is truly remarkable. Tony McManus’s work has come to represent Celtic music in the guitar world. He is invited annually to the Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville, has appeared at Guitar Festivals in Soave, Pescantina, Sarzana and Francacorta Italy; Frankston, Australia; Issoudun and Bordeaux France; Bath and Kent, England; Bochum and Osnabruck, Germany. In 2004 he appeared at the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville in the “All Star Guitar Night” featuring Steve Morse, Bryan Sutton, Muriel Anderson, Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten and headlined by Les Paul.
His album “The Maker’s Mark” saw him showcase 15 luthier-built guitars. Recording a piece on each instrument, the project caught the attention of the rock guitar press in a way that acoustic work rarely does. Never to be typecast, his latest solo album “Mysterious Boundaries” is his most ambitious to date with 10 classical and baroque pieces arranged by McManus. A work of great originality and beauty it was hailed by his peers as “a masterpiece” (John Renbourn), “beyond beautiful… it’s PERFECT!” (Tommy Emmanuel) and which contains a remarkable rendition of Bach’s colossal Chaconne in D Minor.
Tony’s appearance is presented with support from PRS Guitars, Stevensville, MD. Tony plays a PRS Private Stock Tony McManus Signature Model Guitar.
Julia Toaspern is a multi-talented musician from Berlin who combines classical training on violin and voice with a wide interest in genres such as jazz, baroque and traditional music. She has released two guitar-based albums of jazz-influenced original songs and traditional instrumentals. and has performed in both classical and singer/songwriter modes on both sides of the Atlantic. On top of all this, her skills as a guitarist are prodigious and make an exciting fit with Tony McManus’s work.
Julia brings an infectious enthusiasm to all her music, whether she’s playing an Irish reel on fiddle, singing a Monteverdi madrigal or swinging on guitar behind a jazz standard.
She has spent the past years gigging around Europe and the East Coast, performing across Canada, played in Cuba and recorded in NYC - but she feels at home in the Scottish highlands where she makes music, tends sheep, milks goats and is inspired by the clarity, even when it’s foggy.