Marco Joachim is one of the new generation folk singers. Often referred to as the "NY troubadour," Marco developed quite a cult status in the last 2 years. From the cobblestone streets and the coffee house music circuit based in Greenwich Village, Marco interjected rock and pop elements to acoustic folk, drawing new listeners to The Baggot Inn on Sullivan Street. He writes original songs and is well-versed in traditional folk songs and blues. Marco is from NYC and plays solo acoustic guitar (Gibson J-100, last of the flat tops) with his trusty harmonica.
Marco's CD, "Changing Times," is produced by Joe Mardin (arranger and producer for Raul Midon, Jewel, Chaka Kahn, Bette Midler, etc.). The CD is comprised of original songs and new arrangements of folk songs and some blues. His original songs feature strong melodies and hooks with poetic and sometimes dreamy and poignant lyrics. His melodic singing voice can cut through the iciest heart, yet he also can belt out a powerful, soulful blues.
His influences are folk and blues, as well as Woody Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, The Beatles and Bob Dylan, as well as most 60s groups. His dynamic finger picking and strumming, and wide range as a singer, make his shows a special experience. His irreverent humor and sometimes-sardonic wit is often heard between songs. Ramblin' Jack said of Marco "I like his singing and especially his guitar picking... Amazing."
Marco comes from a musical family. His cousins are Jack Elliot (Grammy Award Winner) and Sonny James (20 consecutive #1 Country hits) the Country singer.
Marco opened for B.B. King in Topeka, Kansas at the Topeka Performing Arts Center in front of two thousand plus and thrilled the audience. "New York singer-songwriter Marco Joachim then offered his jingle-jangle, Dylanesque brand of acoustic blues, accompanying himself with a mix of flat picking and finger-style guitar playing he calls "slickin" Joachim mixed in his own material, including a very folksy ballad "Chaplinesque" which won for him the Woody Guthrie Award for best song. Then it was almost time for the king of Blues..." by Bill Blankenship, The Topeka Capital Journal.
In 1999 Marco won the Woody Guthrie Songwriter Award for his composition "Chaplinesque." Marco's favorite Woody Guthrie quote is "I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself."
Marco mostly plays in NYC at The Baggot Inn off Bleeker Street, The Triad Lounge at 72nd street, CB's Gallery, Iggy's, Bean, as well as the East Coast College circuit. He can be heard on numerous radio stations
Marco performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC in October 2003. You can see his show in the archives at kennedycenter.com.
Catch a review of his new CD in Sing Out magazine, the premier folk magazine.
Marco is great at singing and playing. He has been called "a natural" for his inherent musical ability, and as a folksinger his tuneful singing, ingratiating personality and showmanship have earned him
a legion of fans.
Marco Joachim "Changing Times," is produced by Joe Mardin (arr. prod. / Raul Midon, Jewel, Chaka Kahn, Bette Midler ). The CD is comprised of original songs and new arrangements of folk songs and some blues. His original songs feature strong melodies and hooks with poetic and sometimes dreamy and poignant lyrics. His melodic singing voice can cut through the iciest heart, yet he also can belt out a powerful, soulful blues.
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