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Marty Calden

July 14, 2024 @ 10:38 am EDT

Marty Calden (Chicago, IL) is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, banjo), singer, and jam leader who believes bluegrass jamming can enrich and even change your life.  Marty discovered bluegrass at the Old Town of Folk Music School in Chicago, which led to many bluegrass workshops, ensemble playing and jamming, teaching at Nashville Acoustic Camps, and most importantly, new friends.  She is passionate about encouraging beginners to discover the joys of making music with others. 

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“Marty has a comfortable approach to teaching and jamming that puts the individual or the group at ease. Her lengthy repertoire allows for fun jamming for the beginner to the pro.”
“Marty is an all around fun musician, not only patient and calm, but very knowledgeable with a deep repertoire of music that she skillfully passes along so everyone has a great time. Her enthusiasm is contagious.”
“Marty’s positive attitude and enthusiasm for playing mandolin was encouraging and supportive. She improved my confidence and was a good team player. Musicians of all levels benefited from her knowledge and ability to communicate.”
“Any jam is better with Marty in it. She has a clear, articulate, professional voice that supports everyone. She can navigate a jam song with a steady supportive manner. You never feel lost with her hand on the tiller.”


July 14, 2024
10:38 am EDT