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Bio: Cathy Britell
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Cathy grew up in Minnesota, graduated in 1969 from Occidental College as a biology/music major, and played clarinet for awhile as a studio musician in Los Angeles. She then went to medical school, and met and married her husband Jon when they were interns at LA County Hospital. After a career in Rehabilitation Medicine and raising two sons, she embarked on her second musical career, and now plays autoharp, clarinet, hammered dulcimer, whistles, bowed psaltery, and bass. She won the 2005 International Autoharp Championship, as well as a number of other national and international competitions. She has been described as "a unique and impressive stylist" and "the most lyrical autoharp player ever". Cathy has taught and performed at the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering, Willamette Valley Autoharp Gathering, Sore Fingers Week in England, Northwest Folklife Festival, Ozark Folk Center Autoharp Jamboree, and California Autoharp Gathering. She co-founded and teaches at the successful Seattle Autoharp Week, now in its 6th year. She also teaches autoharp, pennywhistle and singing at the Dusty Strings Music School is Seattle, and authored the popular beginners' book, "It's An Autoharp: A very first beginner's guide to autoharp playing." Cathy loves teaming up with friends for concerts and old-time dances, and teaching autoharp at all levels and as well as basic musical skills, music theory, and vocal harmony techniques.

 

To see a more complete offering of Cathy's musical and literary efforts please visit Cathy's website!



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