Banjo - Guitar - Ukulele- Vocals - Limberjack
"Ephemeral banjo player Maggie Shar can more than hold her own with Tatiana (Hargreaves) and their interplay, the core of any old-time stringband, is a delight."
-Devon Leger, Kithfolk Magazine
Maggie Shar received her B.A. from Hampshire College, where she studied music and education, and received her M.S. from Antioch University New England in Environmental Education and Social Justice. Born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Maggie has a particular passion for Southern Appalachian old-time music and folk arts, and brings this passion into her music. Maggie has been playing guitar since 1992, and has been studying clawhammer banjo (her primary instrument) since 2004, learning from Diane Sanabria, Riley Baugus, Bruce Molsky, Adam Hurt, and others.
She has won 1st place in the 2018 Northeast Fiddler's Convention Banjo Contest, 1st place at the 2018 Oldtone Roots Festival Banjo Contest., Honorable Mention in the 2020 online old time banjo competition, and 3rd place in the 2022 Online Oldtime banjo contest.
She performs regularly with The Ephemeral Stringband. and The Moon Shells . She is also co-founder of Little Roots, an early childhood music experience and band for families, preschools, family centers, and libraries based in western Massachusetts and online.
Maggie teaches private lessons online and inperson, and offers group classes to all ages as well.