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 won 1st place in the 2018 Northeast Fiddler's Convention Banjo Contest, and 1st place at the 2018 Oldtone Roots Festival Banjo Contest.
She is a faculty member at The Community Music School of Springfield and performs regularly throughout New England with The Ephemeral Stringband. The Moon Shells , Little Roots., and Hearts Wide Open Kirtan. She is also co-founder of Little Roots, an early childhood music experience and band for preschools, community music schools, family centers, and libraries throughout western Massachusetts.
Maggie is trained in the Nurtured Heart Approach and Infinity Healing, and has worked with young children since 2000 in such roles as camp counselor and assistant director, homeschool teacher, preschool teacher, garden educator, parent coach, and music teacher. She draws on her diverse experience to create a nourishing, musical community environment for her listeners and students.