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This Music Heals Broken Hearts

by Maggie McKaig's Beaucoup Chapeaux

Plovi Barka 05:35
Mirabella 03:50
Elastíque 04:00
Pravo 06:08
We all sat 'round the table We all drank the wine We all told our stories Of the past and future times We all let our hair down The corks fell to the floor We laughed and passed the bottle And filled our glass once more In the Valley of the moon Valley of the moon The stars shine so bright tonight In the Valley of the Moon We are but flickers in the ember sky Sparks still daring to fly We join with the dust We join with the wind Like confetti in the parade of time Step, step light And here we go Step, step light And on with the show Step, step light To the valley above Step, step light To the valley below We all sat 'round the table We all drank the wine We all told our stories Of the past and future times In the Valley of the moon Valley of the moon The stars shine so bright tonight In the Valley of the Moon
Hey, Garçon 03:39


Beaucoup Chapeaux is: Maggie McKaig (leader), accordion, vocals; Luke Wilson, tenor guitar, plectrum banjo, vocals; Murray Campbell, violin, oboes; Randy McKean, clarinet, bass clarinet, piccolo, vocals.

Descriptions of Beaucoup Chapeaux's music vary, but the term "magic" is frequently invoked. Whether raising the roof on a rural community dance hall or bustling bistro, or hairs on listener's arms in pristine concert settings, this lithesome quartet knows how to create joy, beauty...and magic. Their extraordinary repertoire of originals and music re-imagined from dozens of European and Balkan cultures, ancient and contemporary, is fresh, personal, and universal.

"We love your new CD!"--Sean Bianco, host of Capitol Public Radio's "Night at the Opera".

For ten years, and 700+ performances, Beaucoup Chapeaux has been creating community and joie de vivre:

"...Beaucoup Chapeaux, a world and fusion quartet was at the Red Poppy (Art House)...So many fans showed up that the Poppy’s small wine bar ran out of glasses, but the crowd felt like family, with cousins crowded around the table, and you almost felt like volunteering to do the washing up."--Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 19, 2016

Beaucoup Chapeaux's founder and leader is guitarist, accordionist, singer and composer Maggie McKaig. With a voice described as "the real thing," Maggie sings in dozens of languages. She's recorded seven albums and composed the folk opera "Cumberland Suite." Collaborations include work with bassist/mandolinist Michael Zisman, bassist Bill Douglass, saxophonist George Brooks, singer/songwriters Paul Kamm, Eleanore MacDonald, and Utah Phillips, who described Maggie as one of the best musicians he knew. As a side person, Maggie toured as lead guitarist/harmony singer for 2-time Grammy award winner Mary Youngblood, and with singer/songwriter Sands Hall. Her past bands include: Canadian folk rock band Lost in the Colonies; Celtic Wonder Band; Storm Session.

Notable compositions include "Flora's Waltz," a top 5 winner for Best Celtic Instrumental at the "2009 Just Plain Folks Awards"in Nashville, TN, and "War Is A Business," featured on Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now."

Luke P. Wilson, on plectrum banjo, tenor guitar, 5-string banjo, steel guitar, dobro, and vocals--also described by Utah Phillips as one of the best musicians he knew--has performed and recorded in Europe and North America, was a Capitol Records recording artist (with Ron Paul Morin), and worked with many Canadian musicians including Valdy, Ian Tyson, Diamond Joe White, Ron Paul Morin, Ken Hamm, members of Prairie Oyster, Ron Casat, Miles Jackson, Peter Marley, and the Backline Orchestra. In California, jazz bassists Michael Zisman and Bill Douglass, violinist Alasdair Fraser, singer/songwriters Saul Rayo, Kimberly Bass, Sands Hall, and Utah Phillips. Luke is also a luthier, running Wolfnote Studio with his son Bryn Wilson near Nevada City, CA.

Murray Campbell, on violin, oboe, cor anglais, and vocals, also plays reeds for numerous symphony orchestras, including North State, Auburn, and InConcert Sierra. One of those rare beings who is equally at home on the orchestral stage as he is improvising on reeds and strings, Murray has worked with the Belfry Brothers, ChickenBonz, Paul Kamm and Eleanor MacDonald, Alasdair Fraser, Kipchoge Spencer, Bristle, and Lisa Mezzacappo's String Band, among many others.

Randy McKean, on clarinet, bass clarinet, and tenor sax, and vocals, draws upon methods of distillation and synthesis pioneered by composers such as Anthony Braxton and Iannis Xenakis. Other projects include leading the avant-garde quartet "Bristle" (with Campbell, bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, and reed player Cory Wright).

Beaucoup Chapeaux has warmed up for Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint, and Dr. John and the Nite Trippers. Past performances include Ridgestock Music and Sustainability Festival; Salem World Beat Festival; Red Poppy Art House; The Big Easy; Augergine; Music in the Mountains; InConcert Sierra; North Columbia Schoolhouse; Wild and Scenic Film Festival; Stars at North Star House; Sir and Star; the Emerald Tablet; the Nevada Theatre; Valhalla Art and Music Festival; the White Rabbit; Blackbird Cafe; Point Reyes Station House Café; Smiley's Schooner Saloon; Plough and Stars.


released January 1, 2016

Recorded at Flying Whale Studio, Grass Valley, California
Engineer: Bruce Wheelock at Flying Whale
Mixing: Maggie McKaig and Luke Wilson
Mastering: Bruce Wheelock, Luke Wilson, Maggie McKaig
Photography: Tony Finnerty, Ken Schumacher.
CD design concept: Maggie McKaig
Graphic design: Pamela Hodges


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Maggie McKaig Nevada City, California

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

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