What Is Maggie's Music?
The Maggie's Music enterprise began with Maggie selling her "wares" off this little yellow cart at folk festivals around the USA. The colorful cart was designed by Mr. Crenshaw, VP, and decorated with Celtic designs at Signcraft, Annapolis, MD.
A genuine work of folk-art, it is still used by the staff at Maggie's Music at many folk festivals.
Maggie's Music celebrates over 30 years in the music industry. It features contemporary, acoustic and early music instruments in new and innovative settings from ancient to modern times with special focus on Celtic and Holiday music.
The catalog features over 50 recordings many available in all digital formats, CD Baby, iTunes, streaming on Pandroa and many still available on compact discs. Artists include Bonnie Rideout, a three-time National Scottish Fiddle Champion; world champion City of Washington Pipe Band; Sue Richards, 3-time National Scottish Harp Champion, guitarists Al Petteway as heard on many Ken Burns Documentaries and Robin Bullock.
It features four of America's premier hammered dulcimer players: Maggie Sansone, founder of Maggie's Music and a hammered dulcimer virtuoso known for her Celtic and Holiday recordings, Karen Ashbrook & Paul Oorts (Irish - Belgium duo), 4 champion hammered dulcimer recording artists are Maggie Sansone, Ken Kolodner, Karen Ashbrook and Jody Marshall are featured. Two guitarists on the label are: flat picking wiz Robin Bullock and Grammy winner Al Petteway heard on Ken Burns Documentaries "National Parks: America's Best Idea and in duo with vocalist Amy White. Irish band Ceoltoiri features Irish-American vocalist Connie McKenna; early music/cross over groups: Ensemble Galilei and Hesperus Early Music Ensemble.
Known for artful classical-like arrangements as well as driving Celtic and world sounds has lent a distinctive sound to the label. Robert Siegal of NPR's All Things Considered said, "Maggie's Music has pioneered what they call 'chamber folk music,' a mix of contrasting styles and instruments that works beautifully together."
Fiona Ritchie, host of the popular syndicated program, "Thistle and Shamrock," frequently airs music by Maggie's recording artists, and called the label "a gathering place for much Celtic-rooted and inspired acoustic music in the United States."
Maggie's Music was featured on CBS-TV's Sunday Morning and has been featured in numerous articles in the press and music industry magazines and recent collaborations on Sony/BMG- The DVD Scottish Christmas and Time-Live Celtic Tapestry.
Located one hour from Washington, DC on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Shady Side, Maryland, Maggie's Music has won over a dozen Wammies for "Record Label of the Year" from the Washington Area Music Association. But the label's influence has stretched far beyond its home throughout the national and international marketplace, found on most major and INDIE retail and internet stores and has extensive public radio airplay in the U.S. and Canada, and worldwide.
We invite you to browse around our site and meet the artists who have taken our Celtic music to the far corners of the world. You can talk to a real person- monday tuesday and thursday from 10-2 ( EST) too! Do call or email for our complete updated catalog with all our new items and information about our Celtic music, special collections, Celtic gifts, Holiday recordings, music books, tin-whistle, Celtic playing cards and more!