Maggie's Music:
From The Deep Well of Our Ancient Folk Traditions
Maggie Sansone: Hammered Dulcimer
Maggie brings a unique beauty and vision to the ancient music of the Celts. Her albums ring with a Renaissance spirit, Celtic melodies, and a jazzy new crossover into what she calls "cool Celtic."
Carolan's Gift: A tribute to the legendary Irish bard by assorted Maggie's Music musicians. Irish harpers were celebrated in myths and legends as the sound of Ireland. The most famous was Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) who traveled the Irish countryside, composing over 200 elegant baroque style melodies, lively jigs, and dreamy laments.

Celtic Meditations: This is music that soothes the soul: a rich tapestry of Celtic moods for gentle, quiet contemplating. With a rich overlay of strings, the deep tonal qualities of woodwinds, traditional Celtic and early music instruments and this album will take you into the light.

Dance Upon the Shore: A cool Celtic voyage to Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and the Isle of Man. Traditional tunes in innovative arrangements are performed on hammered dulcimer with Irish flute, cittern, guitar, mandolin, soprano sax, Celtic harp, fretless bass, bodhran and hand drums.

Mist & Stone: Haunting and evocative Celtic tunes from Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, and Galicia, featuring hammered dulcimer with Celtic harp, violin, pennywhistle, concertina, guitar, cittern and bodhran.

A Traveler's Dream: The hammered dulcimer followed the migrations of ancient civilizations across Asia Minor and onto the European continent-from the Black Sea to the North Atlantic shores. Tunes include : Gaelic Reels, Lughnasa Set, Paddy Lynn's Delight and many more.

Hammered Dulcimer Traditions: Traditional tunes from the British Isles, Ireland, and America performed on hammered dulcimer, guitar, fiddle and bodhran.

Music in the Great Hall: Instrumental music from the ancient Celtic lands recorded live in the Great Hall of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, an acoustic wonder that captures the warmth and richness of the musical instruments.

Mystic Dance: Ancient Dances, improvisations, Gaelic airs, jigs, reels and music for a Celtic wedding. "Harmoniously walking the tightrope between ancient Celtic cadences and progressive world beat sounds, Sansone easily fuses the best of past and present musical styles… lovely as it is stirring…a colorful modern dance"- New Age Retailer

A Celtic Fair
Come to the Celtic fair for a festive gathering of tradition and innovation, Celtic music, a Renaissance spirit, diverse instrumentation and arrangements and spellbinding percussive grooves. Performed on hammered dulcimer, Irish flute, fiddle, soprano sax, woodwinds, guitar, bodhran and percussion.

Wind Drift
Drifting like the wind at early dawn sets the mood with Celtic and new music in an innovative and evocative fusion of sound and textures featuring hammered dulcimer, guitar, cittern, mandolin, woodwinds, keyboards, accordion, bodhrán, djembe, cajón.

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Bonnie Rideout: Fiddle
Three-time US National Scottish Fiddle Champ. One of the finest and most fiery Scottish fiddlers of our time, Bonnie Rideout brings to her performances the evocative music of the Highlands.
Scottish Fire
From Scotland's Edinburgh International Festival to America's Kennedy Center, her fiery performances of ancient Gaelic melodies, strathspeys, jigs and reels ignite the rich musical traditiond of her Scottish heritage.

Celtic Circles
Inspired by the Celtic circles of ancient Scotland, Bonnie paints a musical picture through time, joining the heavens and earth to the cycles of everyday life. With pipes, guitar, harp, and dulcimer.

Kindred Spirits
A tribute to all the women of Scotland -- musical portraits of lovers, ladies, drunkards, patrons, connoisseurs and cheats.

Scottish Rant!
Bonnie performs with the City of Washington Pipe Band--an award-winning pipe band and drum corps, 26 members strong--generating plenty of spirit, with all the rhythmic drive and vitality they can muster. Whether opening ears with reels and jigs or melancholy air, it's clear these musicians are capable of playing deeply soulful music as well as inspiring rants.

Soft May Morn
A treasure of ancient Scottish melodies unearthed by Bonnie Rideout while in residence at Scotland's Armadale castle on the Isle of Skye.With piano and guitar, tunes include St. Kilda Dance, Lament for Clan Ranald, The Battery Rock, Joyful is the Crossing, The Lad's Cairn.


"Ceoltóiri" is Irish Gaelic for "musicians." Chamber folk trio Ceoltóiri (pronounced kyul-tory) makes music that breaks through traditional boundaries. With its trademark arrangements of haunting ballads and driving reels and jigs, it has won the praise for its "virtuosity and spirited performance."

Celtic Lace: All-instrumental album by Ceoltóiri featuring the harp and hammered dulcimer with fiddle, guitar and concertina. Performing music from Ireland and Scotland, Ceoltóiri weaves a rich and varied tapestry of textures and sounds. Includes: Irish jigs, reels, hornpipes and slow airs, a Scottish reel and strathspey, Swedish polskas, Coilsfield House/Jig of Slurs, and Knit the Pocky, a reel from the Bremner Collection

Silver Apples of the Moon: The Celtic trio presents an exciting mix of traditional Irish lament Rockin' the Cradle, a Scandinavian polska set, tunes by O'Carolan and a W.B. Yeat's poem Song of the Wandering Aengus, set to a Scottish air. Tunes include Scottish Reel Set, Killarney Boys of Pleasure/Oro 'Se Do, The Plain Girl's Lament, Death of Queen Jane, Lias Laddie.

Women of Ireland: Vocals. Like the Chieftains, Ceoltóiri brings a refined chamber music approach to its expressive and spacious music. Tunes include Mná na hÉirinn (Women of Ireland), My Darling I'm Fond of You/Baltighoran, Sligo Maid/I'm 18 Years Old Today, Hunter's House/Kiss Me Kate/Maid of Mt. Kisco.

Its musicians bring the energy and spirit of traditional music to virtuoso performances on folk and early musical instruments. In early music, they are one of the nation's first, and most important, performers of "chamber folk" music.Performing on recorders, Baroque violin, viola da gamba, flageolet, hammered dulcimer, cittern and Baroque guitar.
Colonial America
By Hesperus

Performed on a wide variety of folk and early music instruments. Includes: lively country-dance tunes, evocative Shape Note Hymns, old time Appalachian fiddle tunes, graceful European parlor music, French cotillions, divisions and improvisations.
An Early American Quilt
By Hesperus
In towns and villages, parlors and ballroom, from the Applachian Mountains to the great concert halls, Hesperus once agains celebrates the diversity of Early American music performed on a wide variety of folk and early music instruments.
Civil War Scrapbook
By Hesperus

Early American Roots
Spirited new sounds from early Colonial America - from the arrival of the first colonists to the American Revolution and the birth of our republic.
Celtic Roots
An exploration the earliest written sources that preserve Scottish and Irish traditional folk music, and the deep connections between that music and the music of England and America.
Sue Richards: Harp

The evocative power of the Celtic harp has no greater genius than Sue Richards who was called "one of America's brightest stars" by the folk magazine DIRTY LINEN.

Hazel Grove: Sue does it again with this stunning follow-up to her award-winning Morning Aire. Her new album creates richly textured chamber-folk arrangements and unusual partnerships. Tunes include Brian Boru, King of Laois, Miss Murphy, The Musical Priest, The Emigrant's Farewell, Miss Murphy.

Grey-Eyed Morn: Celtic harp music from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Includes Leaving St. Kilda, Banks of Spey, Jock O'Hazeldean, Out on the Ocean, Auld Lang Syne, Roslyn Castle.

Morning Aire: A work of art. The clarity and tone of Sue's instrument are among the most attractive attributes of her work. With guests Bonnie Rideout, Scottish national fiddle champ, and Billy McComiskey, Irish national button accordion champ.

Karen Ashbrook: Hammered Dulcimer

With her delicate touch, trademark shimmering lilt and ear for authentic ornamentation, Karen Ashbrook is considered one of the finest Irish hammered dulcimer players anywhere. Add her wooden flute and pennywhistle playing, and you have the consummate Irish musician.

The Hills of Erin: A sweeping sonic travelogue of Ireland featuring hammered dulcimer, Irish flute and pennywhistle. Includes: Bank of Red Roses, Reaping the Rye, Connaughtman's Rambles, hornpipes, airs, The Osprey by Scottish musician and composer Dougie MacLean, and a prelude by J.S. Bach.

Knock on the Door: Go straight to the heart of an Irish session with jigs, reels, airs and Breton dances performed on hammered dulcimer and Irish flute. Karen is joined by Celtic superstars: All-Ireland fiddle champion Brendan Mulvihill on fiddle, Grammy-nominated Chris Norman on wooden flute and four-time Scottish harp champion Sue Richards on Celtic harp; also David Kornblum on bouzouki, guitar and fiddle; Dan Blum on guitar, Wendy Morrison on concertina and Myron Bretholz on bodhran. The longest running title in Gourd's distribution history.

Celtic Cafe: Hammered Dulcimer virtuosi Karen Ashbrook and Belgian multi-instrumentilist Paul Oorts invite you to their café for an exciting blend of Irish, French & Flemish music from the cultural crossroads of Europe. Guest musicians include Bonnie Rideout (Fiddle & Viola), Ralph Gordon (bass), Mark Hillman (uilleann pipes), Paddy League (percussion), Dave Wiesler (piano), Bobby Read (woodwinds), Dwight Purvis (French Horn) and Andrea Hoag (fiddle).

Al Petteway: Guitar
The style is smooth, sweet and completely his own -an artful synthesis of Celtic/British ideas and tunings with American themes and drive. Winner of over two dozen Wammie Awards including the prestigious "Artist of the Year" and "Musician of the Year," Al's flawless performances and signature guitar tone have become a legend.
Acoustic Journey
Al & Amy present an acoustic instrumental celebration highlighting over a decade of musical collaboration. It's a brilliant convergence of Celtic, progressive bluegrass, rock, country, blues, jazz and classical idioms featuring Al Petteway's signature finger style acoustic guitar- voted one of 30 essential guitarists in the USA ( Guitar Player) and Amy White.
Land of the Sky
The Southern Appalachian Mountains come alive in this recording of original compositions and traditional mountain melodies played on Acoustic Guitars,Mandolin, Celtic Harp, Banjo, Fiddle, Irish Bouzouki, Fretless Bass, Vocals and Percussion.
Caledon Wood
Celtic and original music performed on acoustic guitar. Here he brings contemporary rhythms and jazzy moods to his original compositions and traditional Celtic sources. With uilleann pipes, mandolin, piano, cello, viila, hammered dulcimer, Ashiko drum, bodhran & world percussion.

Midsummer Moon
A master of many guitar styles, Petteway stretches into new territory featuring Celtic-inspired traditional and original music.

Mountain Guitar
Grammy-Winning Guitarist Al Petteway creates contemporary Celtic- & Appalachian Influenced music both originals and traditional music. A musical tribute to the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina,
performed on solo acoustic solo guitar.

The Waters and the Wild
Celtic, Cajun and blues-inspired original guitar compositions in a musical tribute to the creeks and waterways of the mid-Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay areas.

Whispering Stones
Traditional folk tunes and new compositions inspired by the sacred standing stones in ancient Celtic lands. Features guitar with flute, mandolin, piano and cello.

Winter Tidings
An Applachian Christmas
A holiday celebration of traditional Celtic carols and mountain melodies from the southern Appalachians performed on acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjo, Celtic harp, piano, fiddle, bass and percussion.
Ken Kolodner: Hammered Dulcimer, Fiddle
"Kolodner's skillful touch and the hammered dulcimer's shimmering tones conjure meditative and soulful moods."
-The Washington Post
Journey to the Heartland
From the Appalachian Mountains to the north country of Canada, hear traditional and Celtic music that swings in this dazzling collection of heartfelt waltzes, old-time fiddle tunes and inspired new compositions.
With guests Robin Bullock, Paddy
League, Laura Risk and Elke Baker.
Robin Bullock: Strings
Hailed as "a master flatpicker" (SING OUT!), Robin is also one of a handful of masters of the cittern.
Midnight Howl
A celebration of Celtic roots and the wild American spirit in traditional, Irish and old-time music, with Robin Bullock on 6- and 12-string guitars, cittern, mandolin, fiddle, viola, pennywhistle, piano and bass giutar. Guest musicians include Scottish harp champion Sue Richards, Grammy-nominated Chris Norman on wooden flute, Myron Bretholz on bodhran and Steve Bloom on Djembe, ashiko, dumbek, congas, shakers and ganza.
Between Earth and Sky
Between Earth and Sky is a breathtaking collection of traditional Celtic, Appalachian, and Scottish Highland bagpipe tunes, Irish reels, Breton folk melodies, and finely crafted originals. In addition to acoustic 6- and 12-string guitar, Bullock plays cittern, mandolin, electric bass and fiddle.