My music has been described as “Neo Folk.” This is music that follows the modern singer-songwriter traditions of artists like Gordon Lightfoot, Ian Tyson, and John Denver. These three artists are my biggest musical influences, and I have recently started offering tribute sets of each of these artists that I perform when requested.
I describe my music as “Western Canadian Roots.” I write and sing songs about love and life, but also from the perspective of a Western Canadian identity. I have written and produced songs that directly relate to both the present and past experience of this part of the world that has, and continues to shape, who I am and what I represent and celebrate through the magic and universal language that is music.
As a professional performing musician I have been “gigging” since I was 15 when I earned my first job as a guitar player in a professional wedding/dance band. I have never stopped performing since that time. Currently, I am working all over the Okanagan and Thompson as a “singing guitarist” where I perform as a solo, entertaining audiences by singing/playing a wide variety of cover songs as well as some of my own music in all types of settings, venues, and events.
I am also a teacher and a writer interested in curriculum and instruction, media ecology, and transcendental learning experiences. You can find this aspect of my life detailed also on this site. I have two books that I have written and are for sale on this site. Also, I still have CDs for sale, from the recently past days when that was the way most people listened to music. Nevertheless, all of my CDs and recently recorded and released music can be found online through all the major and minor channels that offer downloads and streaming.
Enjoy your visit! …this is the my official “Marv Machura” site and contains the latest information as well as background from my life and career.
And please contact me if you have any questions, comments, etc. I answer all emails!
Life is good! I hope to see you soon. Cheers! – Marv