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Maggie McKaig

Guitarist, accordionist, singer and composer Maggie McKaig is a 5th generation Californian. With a voice described as "the real thing" Maggie sings in over a dozen different languages, as well as excelling instrumentally in the complex rhythms of Balkan music; her guitar described as "brilliant." She's recorded seven albums--and currently working on her 8th--and composed the folk opera "Cumberland Suite," collaborated with jazz bassist and mandolinist Michael Zisman (also a member of Maggie's Storm Session band), as well as bassist Bill Douglass, saxophonist George Brooks, many singer-songwriters including Sands Hall, Paul Kamm, Eleanore MacDonald, and the much revered late great Utah Phillips, who described Maggie as one of the best singers and folk musicians he knew. Maggie also did a stint as lead guitarist for two-time Grammy award winner Mary Youngblood, who she toured with for nearly two years. Her past bands were the Canadian folk rock band Lost in the Colonies, the Celtic Wonderband, and Storm Session.

In 2009, Maggie created the Euro Cafe Balkan Beat Folk quartet, Beaucoup Chapeaux. Beaucoup Chapeaux consists of: Maggie on vocals, accordion, and guitar; her long time musical partner and husband, the Canadian multi-instrumentalist Luke Wilson on plectrum and 5-string banjos, tenor guitar, and dobro; from Scotland, Murray Campbell, on violin and oboes; and from Iowa, Randy McKean on clarinet, bass clarinet, piccolo, and saxophones. The popular Nevada County, CA based quartet has performed over 700 concerts together and is known for their instrumental magic, marvelous vocals, and joie de vivre.

As a composer, Maggie's "Flora's Waltz" was a top five winner (out of 5000 entries) for Best Celtic Instrumental at the "2009 Just Plain Folks Awards" held in Nashville, TN. Her anti-war piece, "War Is A Business" was featured on Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now" in 2010.