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Maggie Sansone


One of America’s premier hammered dulcimer players and recording artists. The Washington Post has said of Maggie Sansone’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 featured on CBS-TV Sunday Morning and NPR’s The Thistle & Shamrock, All Things Considered and Performance Today. Her recordings, concerts and collaborations that include: Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Teelin School of Irish Dance, Sony/BMG, Time-Life Records, Sirus/XM Radio, Ken Burns’ PBS documentaries and a three year US tour with Scottish Christmas featuring Bonnie Rideout, have drawn wide praise. 

She is recipient of numerous awards including Wammie awards from the Washington Area Music Association for Celtic/Irish Instrumentalist and Record Label of the Year and ANNIE award for Performing Arts in Maryland. Sansone is founder and CEO of Maggie’s Music record label with over 50 recordings, including her original material. A native of Miami, Sansone began her music career at age eight playing the bongos! She is a multi-instrumentalist and in addition to hammered dulcimer plays piano, guitar, recorder, percussion, bassoon, banjo, Scottish smallpipes and bodhrán.

She received her BFA from Kent State University and settled in Maryland in 1973 where her first music studio was in the basement of a Baltimore row house. Sansone’s recordings are Wind Drift: Celtic grooves, mystic moods; A Celtic Fair; Mystic Dance; A Traveler’s Dream; Celtic Meditations; Dance upon the Shore; Mist & Stone; Traditions; Sounds of the Season; Sounds of the Season II; Merrily Greet the Time (with Sue Richards); A Scottish Christmas (with Bonnie Rideout, Al Petteway); and Ancient Noels (with Ensemble Galilei).

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Maggie Sansone