Eastside Confectionery Records is thrilled to welcome Margaret “Maggie” Christl to the family! A veteran of the folk festival circuits in Canada the US and abroad, with a career spanning over 40 years, Maggie is still going strong and has lots to say and sing about! We recently met with Maggie to discuss some of the great records she’s recorded in the past, which we hope to be able to re-release in digital format. Also, we’ll be releasing at least one, possibly two new records with Maggie this year, so stay tuned!
Maggie’s music comes out of a bittersweet life story. Her childhood was a time of great hardship, but she was blessed with a singing voice and a love for music that would take her around the world singing the traditional music of Scotland, Canada and the British Isles.
Orphaned at an early age, Maggie was raised by various relatives in the mining communities of Scotland and Wales. She immigrated to Canada at the age of 18 and she was soon involved in the Canadian folk music scene. Over the next 40 years, she toured and performed extensively, playing every major festival and concert hall in Canada as well as World Fairs in Vancouver and Brisbane Australia together with the Calgary Winter Olympics. She has sung our National Anthem for the NHL, and her most recent CD – House of Song, a compilation of both traditional and contemporary music has been published in Sing Out magazine – the largest folk music publication in the English speaking world.
Maggie and her husband, Michael have been playing music, both traditional and contemporary, together now for over 20 years. They were Artists-in-Residence for the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, PA.
Maggie was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her lifelong contribution to the preservation of traditional music in Canada. She joins such Canadian luminaries as Stompin’ Tom Connors and Bruce Cockburn.
We’re really excited to continue with Maggie on her musical journey, and we can’t for you to hear what’s next!