RICK CYGE: SINGER/GUITARIST
While I am best known as a solo fingerstyle guitarist, I am a “folkie” by heart. I’ve been an acoustic singer/guitarist for most of my life since my college coffeehouse days of the late 60s to early 70s. Cutting my teeth on the songwriters that emerged during that fertile period that included such icons as James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Cat Stevens, I developed my own style as a soloist and in various duos that showcased my love of what I was coming to know as fingerstyle guitar. During that time, I was introduced to country blues and the roots of what I was currently playing. It was love at first listen. By the time I moved to the Boston area in the late 70s, I had discovered the burgeoning folk revival that was spawning such talent as Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Chris Smither and Patty Larkin.
All of these elements helped to shape my own distinct musical personality and although I was covering and interpreting the music of these various artists, I was longing to become a singer/songwriter in my own right.
I eventually transitioned to writing, arranging and performing original music written for flute and guitar in my ensemble with my wife, Lynn Trombetta as Meadowlark. I did manage to write a couple of “keepers” as a songwriter and they are included in the sampling of my songs below, “Memory Tree” and “No Turning Back”. Also in this mix are covers of a few of my favorite songwriters.