Canterbury Folk Festival

A Family Festival of Music

Mark and Cindy Lemaire

Announcing our second guest artists from the USA, Mark and Cindy Lemaire
Mark Lemaire incorporates fingerpicking, slap-and-tap harmonics, hand percussion, and that hard-to-describe something that sets him in his own musical category. While Mark’s guitar solo pieces stand as complete statements, his harmonies with Cindy Lemaire are so perfectly matched that they seem like two people with one voice.
At a show, audiences do a lot of laughing, and some are also moved to tears. The material runs from tongue-in-cheek songs about married life to stories of the strange surprise of middle age creeping up on us. The music ranges from subtle, pin-drop delicate solo guitar to raucous sing-alongs. Folks leave at the end grinning and fulfilled.

Mark’s has been a recording engineer and producer for everyone from the San Francisco Symphony to Rolling Stones’ producer Jimmy Miller. Mark and Cindy tour the USA, Europe, England and Scotland. Besides Cindy’s supple onstage harmonies, her voice rings clearly in her role as a New Urbanist/ city planner, making downtowns friendlier for walkers and bicyclists. With four albums released, Mark and Cindy are a pleasure to hear and fun to just be with.

Mark and Cindy’s stellar harmonies simply mesmerize, silencing the audience who hang on every note. I’ve seen a lot of acts, but the harmonies of these two are so aligned and balanced, I felt as though I got an audio ‘tune up’ inside me after listening to their songs. -Kiki Wow Presents

“It was a master class in finger style and harmony singing. One of many highlights – for me – was Mark’s solo fusion of `Whiter Shade of Pale’ and `Bach’s `Air on a G String’. Simply breathtaking.”-Don Hurley- Ruskin House Folk Club—Croyden, UK

Mark’s guitar playing is exemplary, breathtaking at times, and Cindy has a wonderful voice. The rapport with the audience creates something very special: it is almost a communion.” -Tony Streeter, Ragged Trousered Folk, Hastings, UK

44th Canterbury Folk Festival, 19-22 April 2019 - a family-friendly weekend featuring the best in acoustic/folk music at the Waipara Adventure Centre, North Canterbury

2019 performer applications have now closed.

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