Storm Session was created by singer, songwriter, composer, accordionist, guitarist, and sometimes essayist and playwright Maggie McKaig. With a voice both rich and authentic ("The real thing!”), she’s recorded 6 CDs so far this century. She’s performed with the renowned jazz bassists Michael Zisman (all over this album) and Bill Douglass, as well as the great saxophonist George Brooks. As an accompanist she's worked with many singer-songwriters, including a year and a half on the road with two-time Grammy award winner Mary Youngblood.
Maggie has performed at numerous music festivals in North America—California WorldFest, the KVMR Celtic Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Salem World Beat Festival, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, and Saskatoon Folk Music Festivals, and has also performed concerts in the UK, Italy, Greece, and Spain.
Maggie’s prior bands include the Alberta, Canada based folk rock band Lost in the Colonies. In Northern California, she's led the Celtic Wonder Band and the contemporary music ensemble Storm Session. From 2009-present, her the world fusion quartet Beaucoup Chapeaux, with Luke Wilson, Murray Campbell, and Randy McKean, has made a lot of audiences very happy.
Multi-instrumentalist Luke P. Wilson—tenor guitar, plectrum banjo, 5-string banjo, dobro, lap steel, and vocals—was born in Oshawa, Ontario. Described by the legendary folk musician Utah Phillips as one of the best musicians ever, Luke has performed and recorded in Europe and North America, was a Capitol Records recording artist (with Ron Paul Morin), and worked with many of Canada's finest musicians including Valdy, Ian Tyson, Diamond Joe White, Ron Paul Morin, Ken Hamm, members of Prairie Oyster, Ron Casat, Peter Marley, and the Backline Orchestra.
In California, Luke has enjoyed working with jazz bassists Michael Zisman and Bill Douglass, violinist Alasdair Fraser, and many singer/songwriters including Saul Rayo, Kimberly Bass, Sands Hall, and Utah Phillips. Major festival performances include California WorldFest, KVMR Celtic Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Salem World Beat Festival, as well as the Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, and Saskatoon Folk Music Festival. Luke, who lives in Northern California with his wife, musician Maggie McKaig, is a second-generation luthier, and been working as such for nearly 50 years or so. But who's counting. He runs his shop, Wolf Note Studio, with his son Bryn Wilson.
The amazingly versatile Murray Campbell—violin, oboe, and cor anglais— was born in Scotland. Murray is as much in demand for his musical improvisation skills as he is for his abilities as a classical musician. As an oboist he performs regularly with numerous Northern California symphony orchestras including North State, InConcert Sierra, Music in the Mountains, and the Auburn Symphony, and more. Campbell has recorded/and or performed with many singer-songwriters, including Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald, Sands Hall, and Zoe Boekbinder. In the world of more adventurous music, Campbell performs with a number of new music ensembles, including Randy McKean's Bristle, the acoustic-electronics duo The Gargantius Effect, and many more.
For the last 28 years, bassist Michael Zisman has been performing with jazz stars such as Harold Mabern, Cecil Payne, George Coleman, David "Fathead" Newman, Ernestine Anderson, James Williams, Eric Alexander, Dena DeRose, and many others. Michael previously served as the Artistic and Education Director of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Festival, and is the creator of “The Real Easy Book” as well as co-author of “Walking Bassics”, all published by Sher Music. Michael has been an adjunct faculty at SF State teaching jazz courses since 2007.
In 2006, Michael picked up a mandolin, and hasn’t been the same since. Michael’s band, Americano Social Club, is one of San Francisco’s most beloved event and party bands.
released June 21, 2006
Maggie McKaig--guitar, accordion, lead and harmony vocals
Luke Wilson--lead and harmony vocals, 5-string banjo, tenor guitar
Murray Campbell--violin, oboe, cor anglais, harmony vocals
Michael Zisman--electric bass, mandolin
Produced by Maggie McKaig and Luke Wilson
Recorded 2006 at Flying Whale Studio, Grass Valley, CA
Engineered by Bruce Wheelock
Mixed and Mastered by Maggie McKaig, Luke Wilson, and Bruce Wheelock.
Graphic design by John Rives
Photo by Craig Rohrsen
All songs by Maggie McKaig except: “Titania’s Lullaby”, text by William Shakespeare (or not, depending); “When the Mountains Cry”, music and lyrics by David Mansfield and Tom Russell, published by Jocada Music (BMI) and Frontera Music (ASCAP); “Christmas Bells”, text adapted from the poem by Henry Wordsworth Longfellow, arrangement by Maggie McKaig; “Take Your Time and Do It Right”, music and lyrics by Chris Whiteley, HYC Music. All others are traditional tunes and songs, with Storm Session arrangements.
I'm a singer-songwriter, singing in a dozen different languages, and follow my heart so far as genres. Guitar, piano,
accordion and voice are my instruments. I write poetry and essays, and directed youth theatre plays for 20 years. My partner husband Luke Wilson and I raised two glorious sons and have lived for 29 years on 5 acres of land once occupied by the Nisenan Tribe near Nevada City, CA....more