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Beaucoup Chapeaux

"Euro Jazz Balkan Beat"
"Astonishing Musical Juggernauts"

Part Parisian bistro, Italian cirque, Greek taverna, the Hot Folk Club of Macedonia, Piaf singing in Albanian, antique melodies in dazzling re-imaginings, visionary new creations, astonishing musical juggernauts. These are just a few of the ways that Nevada City, CA based Beaucoup Chapeaux (Many Hats) has been described.

Beaucoup Chapeaux's recently released second recording, "This Music Heals Broken Hearts" has received marvelous reviews. Music lovers of many genres adore it. "It (This Music Heals Broken Hearts) has a permanent home in my car cd player!! We Love you new CD!" --Sean Bianco, host of Capital Public Radio's "Night at the Opera".

Together over seven years and nearly 600 performances throughout Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, Beaucoup Chapeaux's live concerts have been compared to an exciting, inexpensive trip to Europe. The joie de vivre is palpable: ". . .Beaucoup Chapeaux, a world and fusion quartet from Grass Valley (area), was at the Red Poppy (Art House), playing from the album "This Music Heals Broken Hearts.” . . . So many fans showed up (100) 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, January 19, 2016.

"You four were awesome, kinetic, top of your fiddle, accordion, clarinet and banjo!!!! We had a ball and your energy was supremely contagious, warm, hot, happy, emotive, bounding, galloping & electrically charged!"
--author Jane Wattenberg.
Beaucoup Chapeaux's founder and leader is California accordionist, guitarist, and vocalist Maggie McKaig. McKaig's collaborations include work with jazz bassist and mandolinist Michael Zisman, jazz bassist Bill Douglass, jazz fusion saxophonist George Brooks, award winning singer songwriters Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald, two-time Grammy award winner Mary Youngblood, and singer/songwriter Sands Hall.

From Canada, on tenor guitar, plectrum banjo, five-string banjo, dobro, and vocals, is Luke P. Wilson. A noted improvisational player who has performed all over North America and Europe, Wilson is also a record producer, session musician, and one time Capitol Records recording artist. The late legendary Utah Phillips called Wilson one of the best musicians on the planet. Wilson is also a luthier--he used to care for Phillip's guitar--and runs his shop, Wolfnote Studio, next door to his home near Nevada City.

A native of Scotland, violinist, oboist, and vocalist Murray Campbell also plays oboe and cor anglais for various symphony orchestras, including North State, Auburn, InConcert Sierra, and others. A mathematical physicist, Campbell is a popular session player, and has performed with many Nevada County ensembles and bands, including Gargantius Effect, Chicken Bonz, the Belfry Brothers, and the Foothill Chamber Winds.

Randy McKean is on clarinet, bass clarinet, piccolo, and vocals. Originally from Iowa, McKean is also an accomplished saxophonist, composer, and performer of new music, including work with composer and instrumentalist Anthony Braxton, and leads the modern chamber quartet "Bristle", which includes Murray Campbell as well as San Francisco area musicians Lisa Mezzacappa on bazz, and saxophonist Cory Wright. McKean's many collaborations include the instrumental ensembles Tumble, Gargantius Effect, and Sawbones.

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For booking: (530) 559-3476