Maggie Sansone

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Biography

America's premier hammered dulcimer player and recording artist, Maggie Sansone pioneering artistry has brought the ringing beauty of her music to hundreds of thousands of music lovers around the world.  She has fourteen recordings including her new recording Wind Drift that was featured on NPR’s A Thistle & Shamrock where host Fiona Ritchie said “Maggie Sansone sets us off on a journey... and with hands across the water, reveals a great variety of authentic acoustic delights."   The Washington Post has said of Maggie's work: "Few recordings span the gap of generations so gracefully… she's managed to balance art and accessibility, past and present, with unusual care and deftness." Sansone has been the focus of much praise by the press as the most exciting and innovative hammered dulcimer player recording today.

Her awards include INDIE awards from the Association of Independent Record Distributors, and dozens of nominations and WAMMIE awards from the Washington Area Music Association including Irish/Celtic instrumentalist and record label. She was the recipient of the prestigious ANNIE Award for Performing Arts in Maryland. Sansone produces Celtic and holiday concerts and has performed in a variety of venues, from the big stage of America's Kennedy Center to Celtic and Renaissance festivals and street fairs with her puppet show Rover-dance. Sansone was featured on CBS-TV Sunday Morning, Maryland Public Television; NPR's All Things Considered, Performance Today, the Thistle & Shamrock and XM Radio.  

As teacher and author she has created a series of music books for Mel Bay Publications that feature transcriptions of her music and playing style and was included in their Hammered dulcimer Anthology Series featuring America’s finest performers and teachers.  Maggie teaches privately and has been teaching at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts for many years with unique class offerings such as Celtic Slow Jam, Hammered dulcimer and Irish Bodhrán. She is founder and CEO of the independent record company, Maggie's Music, Inc. with twelve recording artists and over fifty albums in world-wide distribution. Three of these albums- Mist and Stone, Sounds of the Season, and Ancient Noels- have won Indie awards from the Association of Independent Record Distributors and eight time WAMMIE winner for Record Label of the Year.

Unique partnerships include Sony/BMG's DVD Scottish Christmas with Bonnie Rideout; Time-Life's Celtic Tapestry, (2-CD set from the Maggie's Music catalog). Maggie’s own recordings are: Wind Drift, A Celtic Fair,  Mystic Dance, Celtic Meditations, A Traveler's Dream, Dance Upon the Shore, Mist & Stone, Traditions; Ancient Noels (with Ensemble Galilei), Sounds of the Season, Sounds of the Season II, A Scottish Christmas (with Bonnie Rideout and Al Petteway) and Merrily Greet the Time (with Sue Richards).  www.maggiesmusic.com, Maggie’s Music, PO BOX 490, Shady Side, MD. 20764