Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer have been at this music game for a good long while. This is their 45th recording together. Think on that. You don’t get to put out 45 records unless you have a following and your audience can count on you to deliver a solid product. With a Fink and Marxer recording, you can count on the performances and song choices to be well-planned and presented. They won’t be flashy. They won’t be overwrought. They will be involved, convincing, engaging, and entertaining.
On it are 12 vocal numbers backed by various duet combinations of five-string banjo and cello banjo, or guitar or mandolin or uke or National steel ukulele. They’ve chosen a mixture of old-time tunes such as “Chilly Winds” and “Goodbye Anne”/“Glory In The Meeting House,” folk-era tunes such as Pete Seeger’s “Oh, Had I A Golden Thread” and Tom Paxton’s “You Are Love,” an earthy blues tune by Ola Belle Reed called “Wings Like An Eagle,” an Alice Gerrard tune called “Get Up And Do Right,” a well-known pop song from Billy Hill called “The Glory Of Love” and a Bob Dylan tune, “Man Gave Names To All The Animals.” Also included is a Fink original, “My Huge Mistake.”
Many of these tunes celebrate their heroes and friends (Seeger, Paxton, Reed, Gerrard) and, while some of the songs stand out a little more, the album as a whole makes a very strong statement. (www.cathymarcy.com)BW