It was a night of 1,000 guitars ( plus a cello banjo, a ukulele, fiddle, & much, much more) – Most in the talented hands of Grammy award winner Marcy Marxer as The Institute of Musical Traditions played host to the release concert in celebration of Marcy Marxer’s solo CD, “Things Are Coming My Way”. Kicking off with a swinging rendition of the jazz standard “Brazil” on tenor guitar, Marcy and the band ( including longtime partner Cathy Fink, Ralph Gordon on bass, Avril Smith on guitar & vocals, Rickie Simpkins on mandolin & fiddle, & Maureen Andary on vocals) proceeded to cover a world of musical territory, from traditional folk, to jazz, blues and Gypsy swing, not to mention a heartfelt tribute to Rosa Parks accompanied by one of Marcy’s young proteges on uke and vocals. It was a joyful evening of music that proved, once again, that there is no stringed instrument that the gifted Ms. Marxer cannot play- and play beautifully!
The lovely & melodic Avril Smith opened the evening with her trio.
Great things happen when Marcy plays her Paul Lestock Arrow tenor guitar.
Marcy gets help from a special guest in a musical tribute to Rosa Parks.
The many strings of Marcy Marxer- Whole lot of tenor & a very special Shelley Park gypsy style guitar
A galaxy of talent on one little stage
L-R Rickie Simpkins, Avril Smith, Marcy Marxer, Ralph Gordon, Cathy Fink & Maureen Andary
No evening is complete without a cello banjo solo- Really!