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.

Louise (song) [single]

Rick Cyge

This song's been with me a long time. It was written by legendary songwriter, Paul Siebel. I made this recording with my partner in crime, Chris Seymour who sang harmony and played harmonica. It was featured on our CD release, "Are You Happy Now".
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My Name Joe (song) [single]

Rick Cyge

I love this song - a great story song. Written by David Massengill. I originally recorded this with singer Cindy Barber who adds the great harmonies. I play several instruments on this including high strung guitar, steel string guitar, Irish bouzouki and synth bass & percussion.
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Footloose (song) [single]

Rick Cyge

Written by my friend, the brilliant Chris Smither, I recorded this song about 30 years ago with vocalist Cindy Barber singing harmony and counterpoint. I'm particularly proud of the nice mandolin parts I added to spice it up.
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