September 18, 2007
America's premier hammered dulcimer player and recording artist, Maggie Sansone music and pioneering artistry has brought the ringing beauty of her music to hundreds of thousands of music lovers around the world. Maggie has been featured on CBS-TV Sunday Morning, and NPR's All ThingsConsidered, Performance Today, and The Thistle & Shamrock.
As producer and performer, Maggie has performed at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, National Geographic Grossover Hall and many other venues; from the large stage to small town fairs, Renaissance and folk festivals; special events and weddings. Maggie brings her unique vision and virtuosity to music of the ancient Celtic lands and her hammered dulcimer has been praised as the perfect music for Renaissance weddings and special events.
Recent awards: WAMMIE award for best Irish/Celtic instrumentalist from the Washington Area Music Association (DC's answer to the Grammies); ANNIE Award for Performing Arts from the Anne Arundel Country Cultural Arts Foundation.
Maggie is the author of hammered dulcimer music books published by Mel Bay Publications. Mel Bay included Maggie in their Hammered dulcimer Anthology Series featuring America’s finest performers and teachers. Maggie is founder and CEO of MAGGIE'S MUSIC record label. The label, which features over 50 albums distributed worldwide, is an eight time WAMMIE winner for "Record Label of the Year."
Maggie's recordings include: Mystic Dance: A Celtic Celebration; Celtic Meditations: Into the Light; A Traveler's Dream; Dance Upon the Shore; Mist & Stone (AFIM INDIE winner); Traditions; and her Holiday recordings: A Scottish Christmas (WAMMIE winner, "Celtic Recording") Ancient Noels (AFIM INDIE winner); Sounds of the Season and Sounds of the Season II (AFIM INDIE nominee). Maggie also is featured on the DVD: A Scottish Christmas.
Celtic Radio Comments:
Maggie has done it again with a stellar new CD release called, "A Celtic Fair." Transport yourself back to medieval times - mixing Celtic, Renaissance and Jigs into a journey through times of long ago. Dancers come to life as Maggie performs with the perfection and skill of the one and only Master hammered dulcimer performer and teacher. The percussions and sounds of the wooden mallets are addictive to the soul and will have you craving for more. With the season of fall upon us, there is no better companion on a cold night then Maggie's "A Celtic Fair." Five Golden Medieval Stars for Maggie's latest CD which brings the past alive through an exquisite mix of songs and performance.