Rounded Rectangle: Gelencser House Concerts in Claremont

Promoting acoustic music in the Inland Valley

         Mary McCaslin

  February 17, 2008  

  Mary McCaslin is a link between traditional folksingers and today’s “new-folk” singer-songwriters.  Her music ranges from ballads of the old west to her own songs of the new west and modern times. Her musical influences include the guitar playing of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell and the vocal influences of the Beatles and the BeeGees.  Regarded as a pioneer in open guitar tunings, Mary’s influence can be heard in many younger folk performers. 

       She is also known for her renditions of pop standards and rock classics such as “Ghost Riders In The Sky” and “The Wayward Wind”.  Her versions of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” and the Who’s “Pinball Wizard” are made more unique by her  “clawhammer” banjo accompaniment.