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Margot MacDonald


2011 Artist of the Year, Margot MacDonald is a nine time Washington Area Music Award winner.  She started her singing career with the Washington National Opera at age 10, and by 15 she was rocking a guitar and packing regional venues. Since then she has put out four CDs, opened for national acts, and played venues like Washington, D.C.’s legendary 9:30 Club, the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Birchmere, Black Rock, Ram's Head Live, and The Bitter End in New York City. She was also a recent Artist-in-Residence at the Music Center at Strathmore, where she still regularly performs.  The 20 year old is in the midst of mastering the loop pedal and discovering the musical genius of half-filled glass bottles.  Please visit for more information.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/4/2016: Margot MacDonald

Margot MacDonald: Featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, Voice of America and TEDx; songwriter, vocalist and live looper, Margot MacDonald embodies a one woman band. A longtime guitarist and pianist, Margot’s instrumentation has expanded to focus on layers of unconventional vocal accompaniments created live through the use of a loop pedal. Haunting, powerful and indie-pop driven, Margot’s performances make you forget the technology she hones, as you lose yourself in layers of lush vocals and striking melodies.

Video 10/12/2014: Magnificent Intentions Festival presents Margot MacDonald, Sam McCormally, and Olivia Mancini

MacDonald, the looping, multi-instrumentalist, is the D.C.-area’s musical sweetheart. Mancini’s sugary tunes will make you want to tap your toes and sing along, while Sam McCormally’s thoughtful and immensely catchy songs round out the lineup. Part of the Magnificent Intentions Music Festival, which showcases original music being created by some of D.C.'s finest artists.

Video 8/19/2012: Songwriters’ Association of Washington Showcase

The association, which works to strengthen the craft of songwriting by providing an active forum for songwriters and their work, presents a musical showcase featuring Margot MacDonald, Christylez Bacon, Sol Roots, and Dulcie Taylor.

Margot MacDonald