An Evening of Appalachian Music w/ Fink, Marxer & Gleaves and Sue Massek

The Burl Presents

An Evening of Appalachian Music w/ Fink, Marxer & Gleaves and Sue Massek

Thu · July 19, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15.00 - $20.00

This event is 18 and over

Partially Seated; first come, first served. 

Fink Marxer & Gleaves
Fink Marxer & Gleaves
GRAMMY® Award winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer and Appalachian artist Sam Gleaves have built their programs on a musical friendship already five years old. Featuring the music they love from Appalachia as well as contemporary songs that keep alive the tradition of singing for social justice, they combine fiddle, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and guitar to accompany their honed trio harmonies or driving square dance tunes.



Fink, Marxer & Gleaves first came together at Common Ground on the Hill, a traditional arts festival in Westminster, Maryland. They began recording, touring, showcasing together at Folk Alliance International, the International Bluegrass Music Association, and playing music any chance they could get. Their debut trio recording, Shout and Shine, will be released in June, 2018.


Social pioneers and master musicians Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer first began playing together over 35 years ago. As artists, their boundless discography includes a diverse mix of folk, country, bluegrass, old-time, and children’s music. They’ve toured worldwide, playing on stages in Japan, New Zealand, Vancouver, and New York; performed at hundreds of bluegrass and folk festivals, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival and as headliners at the Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival; and appeared on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” “All Songs Considered,” and CBS’ “Early Show.” Cathy & Marcy earned a Grammy award in 2005 for cELLAbration: a Tribute to Ella Jenkins and in 2004 for Bon Appétit! In total, they’ve been nominated 11 times, including twice in the category for “Best Traditional Folk Album”.


Cathy and Marcy have produced recordings by Tom Paxton, Si Kahn, Ysaye Barnwell, M.S.G. Blues Trio, Patsy Montana, Bonnie Rideout, Bill Harley, and Pat Humphries, among others. Devoted to spreading an appreciation for music, they have taught at over 100 camps to notable musicians like Rhiannon Giddens and Kaki King, regularly hold workshops, offer online classes, and pro-bono mentoring. Located in Washington D.C. area, they are lifelong activists for children’s healthcare, the advancement of women, preventing family violence, unions, and performers’ rights. As feminist revolutionaries in the world of roots music, Cathy & Marcy have always placed emphasis on inclusion in the genre, regardless of sex, race, or sexual orientation. In 1980, Cathy became the first woman ever to win the West Virginia State Old Time Banjo Contest and subsequently held the title until 1984. They collaborated with Laurie Lewis, Sally Van Meter, and Molly Mason on the legendary 1989 album Blue Rose, released on Sugar Hill Records.


Sam Gleaves is an innovator in his own right. Born and raised in southwest Virginia, Sam began singing, writing songs, and playing a handful of instruments as a teenager, including banjo, guitar, fiddle, autoharp, and dulcimer. Earning a degree from Berea College in Folklore, Sam’s work merges traditional Appalachian ballads and dance tunes with the history they’re rooted in, giving a unique and fresh perspective on mountain music and addressing present social issues in the region. His music has been featured on NPR, The Guardian, No Depression, BGS, and other media outlets. Sam composed the music for the folk opera, “In These Fields,” a collaboration with acclaimed Kentucky writer Silas House. He’s toured internationally and appeared at venues across the U.S., including the respected Mountain Stage.
Sue Massek
Sue Massek
With over a half century of performing experience, Sue Massek’s journey has taken her throughout the United States, Canada, Italy, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. A flatlander by birth and a hillbilly at heart, Sue grew up in the flatlands of Kansas where she began performing with her mother, singing old time gospel and songs handed down by a long line of family musicians. Sue has called Kentucky home for 41 years and feels deeply devoted to Appalachia and the people who live there.


Songs Sue has written have been played in over 21 countries around the world and her song Brennen’s Ballad was the inspiration for award winning writer Silas House’s book, Recruiters.

Sue has recorded three albums as a solo artist, Precious Memories: The Songs of Sarah Ogan Gunning, Brave is the Heart of a Singing Bird and Searching for Shady Grove. Precious Memories was #2 on the International Folk DJ list for May 2015 and Sue was the #2 artist.


Sue has performed as a solo artist and as banjo player for The Reel World String Band since its beginning in 1977. For 40 years Reel World used their music as a tool for social justice in venues as diverse as community centers in the coal fields of Appalachia to the Lincoln Center in New York City, and in concert halls in Italy. Reel World has recorded seven albums and appeared on several other compilation projects.


Sue has worked with legendary Kentucky artists including Lily May Ledford, Clyde Davenport and Blanche Coldiron, as well as with nationally recognized traditional artists, Oscar Wright, Jimmy Driftwood, and Guy and Candie Carawan.


In 2012, Sue expanded her performing horizons, taking on the role of actor in a one woman play about the life of Kentucky born and raised Sarah Ogan Gunning. The play, written by noted songwriter, Si Kahn, is a 90 minute peek into life in the coal fields of Kentucky during the Great Depression.