Monday, January 04, 2010

It's the Beat, Silly

Cathy & Marcy & A Human Beatbox

Okay, you've won two Grammy awards with your harmonic folk children's music. What do you do next? How about incorporating hip-hop?

Pick your chin up from the floor. That's what Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer (collectively known as Cathy & Marcy) have done with their latest CD, "Banjo To Beatbox." The duo brought in Washington, DC-based rapper Chrsylez Bacon to join them on several tracks, most notably the catchy, "It's the Beatbox."

The recording duo, who met at the Toronto Folk Festival in 1980, captured their first Grammy Award in 2004 for their children's album Bon Appetit and won their second in 2005 for cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins. This album brings together two diverse musical styles, which wouldn't ordinarily seem to work together, and fuses them for a wider audience.



Can you go from human beatbox back to "Froggy Went A'Courtin'?" Actually, you can. Well, they can. Clearly somebody approves - the CD has been nominated for a Grammy Award! We enjoyed the music, with Ben's favorites being "New River Train" (think Indigo Girls down in the swamp) and "Hip Hop Humpty Dumpty."

The CD also comes with live concert QuickTime videos, so you can view for yourself!
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