CATHY & MARCY are trailblazers in children’s music and have been connecting families through music for over 30 years. Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on the acoustic & electric guitar, five-string banjo, mandolin, cello banjo, ukulele, steel drum and many other instruments. Over 5,000 shows in performing arts centers, schools, folk festivals, community centers, libraries and children’s festivals have given Cathy & Marcy the superb skills to deliver a show that is fun, wacky, energetic, and participatory and meaningful.
The duo’s latest release, “Dancin’ in the Kitchen: songs for ALL families” is their 44th release. The songs not only reflect the growing diversity of family structures in the U.S. and around the world, they highlight the idea that families are bound by love, with music celebrating that love and diversity. Cathy & Marcy have partnered with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Welcoming Schools Program dedicating a portion of the album’s proceeds to the program. Resources including a study guide which incorporates songs from the recording have been created for the Welcoming Schools program as well. Four songs on the new CD have received recognition: Cathy’s song ”I Belong To A Family” is a Finalist in John Lennon Songwriting Contest, her song “Twins” was awarded Gold in the Children’s category of the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest, her songs “Dancin' in the Kitchen” & “I Belong to a Family” were runners up.
In 2004 and 2005, Cathy & Marcy were awarded back-to-back GRAMMY® Awards for their children’s recordings “cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins” and “Bon Appétit!: Musical Food Fun!”. The dynamic duo has been further honored by their peers with twelve other GRAMMY® nominations for children’s and folk music. Their catalogue of over 50 audio and video recordings have received additional awards from organizations like Parents’ Choice Foundation, The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, American Library Association and Early Childhood News. The Washington Area Music Association has honored Cathy & Marcy with over 60 WAMMIE Awards.
An eclectic folk festival on their own terms, Cathy & Marcy have entertained the Queen of Thailand, sung at the White House Easter Egg Roll, been keynote singers for the AFL-CIO, performed at hundreds of folk festivals, appeared on the “Today Show” and on National Public Radio. They’ve toured the US, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Israel.