Al Petteway & Amy White are an award-winning contemporary acoustic duo who create new music for a new generation! It's a brilliant convergence of Celtic, with hints of progressive Bluegrass, Rock, Country, Blues, Jazz and Classical idioms featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin, piano, Irish bouzouki, vocals and world percussion.
CDs: Golden Wing* (vocals), Acoustic Journey*.
More CDs featuring Al are Caledon Wood, Midsummer Moon, Whispering Stones,The Waters & The Wild and the Christmas recording A Scottish Christmas (with Bonnie Rideout and Maggie Sansone).
Bonnie Rideout is one of the finest Scottish fiddlers of our time with "dazzling fiddle playing from an authority in her genre." (BILLBOARD). A three-time National Scottish fiddle champion, she tours throughout the USA and Europe and has been featured on CBS-TV's "Sunday Morning," NPR's "Morning Edition," "Performance Today," and "The Thistle & Shamrock."
CDS: Scottish Fire*, A Scottish Christmas*, Scottish Rant* ( with City of Washington Pipe Band), Gi' me Elbow Room (Parent's Choice Gold Winner), Kindred Spirits*, Celtic Circles, Soft May Morn, Scottish Reflections.
Ceoltoiri Celtic Ensemble (pronounced "kyul-tory," "musicians" in Irish Gaelic) has won the praise of the Washington Post for its "virtuosity and spirited performance." The band includes Connie McKenna, guitar and vocals; Karen Ashbrook, hammered dulcimer, Irish flute and whistle, Sue Richards, Celtic harp and special guests that includes some of the finest Irish musicians performing today. CDs: Women of Ireland*, Silver Apples of the Moon, Celtic Lace.
Jody Marshall, a native of the Washington, D.C. area, grew up in a musical family. She has been nominated as best folk instrumentalist by the Washington Area Music Association and performance credits include the Kennedy Center and the White House. Cottage in the Glen, is Jody's debut solo and features her on both piano and hammered dulcimer and with a host of Celtic musicians that blends Celtic, folk and contemporary sounds, The Washington Post has described Jody's music as "deftly balancing the artful and the playful...lovely, lively, and shimmering."
City of Washington Pipe Band are known for their spellbinding precision and won First Place in the World Pipe Band and World Drums Corps Championships in Glasgow, Scotland (1999). Joined by Scottish fiddle champion Bonnie Rideout they perform Highland bagpipe music in innovative arrangements with Highland pipes, small-pipes, drums, fiddle, viola, cittern, guitar and bodhran.
CD: Scottish Rant*.
Hesperus is a early and traditional music ensemble that includes Tina Chancey on Bass viola da gamba, fiddle & recorder; Scott Reiss on recorders, pennywhistle and hammered dulcimer and Grant Herried on lute and early guitars. From the stages of America's Lincoln and Kennedy Centers to Germany, Peru and Singapore, Hesperus is one of the nation's first, and most important performers of "chamber folk" music bringing the energy and spirit of traditional music to virtuoso performances on folk and early musical instruments. They are frequent performers at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.
CDs: Colonial America*, Early American Roots* and Celtic Roots* (with Bonnie Rideout).
Karen Ashbrook and Paul Oorts - Irish/Belgium duo features Karen on Irish flute, pennywhistle and hammered dulcimer and Belgium musician Paul Oorts on guitar, cittern and musette accordion. Karen, author of Playing the hammered dulcimer in the Irish Tradition (Oak Pub) also performs solo with Ceoltoiri Celtic Ensemble (see above).
CD: include Celtic Cafï¿½*. Karen's solo CDs are Hills of Erin and Knock on the Door.
Ken Kolodner is one of the finest and most influential hammered dulcimer players as well as a respected old time fiddler. From Appalachia jigs and reels to French Canadian waltzes, hear traditional music that swings. Ken has toured throughout North America and Europe for over twenty years both solo and with the trio Helicon (with flutist, Chris Norman and guitarist Robin Bullock) and Greenfire (with fiddler Laura Risk).
CD: Journey to the Heartland*.
Sue Richards is a four-time National Scottish harp champion considered one of the best Celtic harpers with "a graceful touch and chamber-like intimacy " (The Washington Post) and " phrasing that is often breathtaking where melancholy and celebration combine" (Rock 'n Reel (U.K) She tours with Ensemble Galilei and Ceoltoiri.
CDs: Merrily Greet the Time*, Hazel Grove, Morning Aire, Grey Eyed Morn, A Winter's Night (with Ensemble Galilei) and Women of Ireland, Silver Apples of the Moon and Celtic Lace (with Ceoltoiri).
Robin Bullock is hailed as "a master flat picker" (Sing Out!) who creates a seamless blend of Irish, Celtic and old-time American styles on six and twelve string guitars and cittern. As guest artist, Robin's distinctive accompaniments can be heard on numerous Maggie's Music recordings.
CDs: Between Earth & Sky* and Midnight Howl.
Maggie Sansone is one of America's finest hammered dulcimer performers whose music is a visionary meeting of Celtic and world music influences. Maggie has been featured on CBS-TV Sunday Morning and NPR's All Things Considered and is founder of Maggie's Music.
CDs: Mystic Dance*, A Traveler's Dream*, Celtic Meditations, Dance Upon the Shore, Mist & Stone, Traditions. Christmas CDs: Merrily Greet the Time (with Sue Richards), A Scottish Christmas ( with Bonnie Rideout, Al Petteway) , Ancient Noels (with Ensemble Galilei), Sounds of the Season, Sounds of the Season II.
*Featured CD on Sampler 2
**WAMA ( Washington Area Music Association)
About Maggies Music
Maggies Music is a leader in the new Celtic renaissance with a unique sound combining the energy and spirit of traditional music with the elegance,intricate harmonies and variations often found in the classical music world.This recording is the second sampler in our series to offer to the listener a complete musical survey of our artists and recordings. With worldwide distribution and over 50 albums, this sampler features eleven recording artists and our next twenty recordings. It's over 75 minutes long and one complete track from each CD. The label brings a new vitality to traditional music without compromising the essence and spirit of its source- a "new" music from the deep well of our ancient folk traditions.
The label features a distinctive sound and broad appeal in many markets that includes: Celtic, Contemporary acoustic, Smooth Jazz, Kid's music, Seasonal and Holiday music, Scotland, Ireland, Early Music, Women's and Early American roots. It's been featured on CBS-TV" Sunday Morning, in BILLBOARD magazine, It has won prestigious INDIE nominations from AFIM (Association of Independent Music) and over seven WAMMIE awards for "Record Label of the Year" from the Washington Area Music Association. Maggie's Music features extensive website, retail and wholesale catalog with CDs, music books, gift items and special music collections for libraries, educational institutions, music therapy and the healing arts.