MacDonald Magone is a piano player
par excellence who grew up with the distinctive
sounds of the great Cape Breton Scottish
music tradition ringing in her ears.
Whenever she plays, her deep love, knowledge
and passion for the tunes, dances and
characters she’s met on the way
The notes she handles certainly better than most pianists, but the pauses between the notes--ah! that is where the art resides. The love that Barbara has for traditional music and for that of her heritage is very evident; she is an extraorderinary musician.
--Seamus Connolly, Irish Fiddler
"Barbara Magone is one of my favourite musicians.
She is a virtuoso pianist who makes music
at the highest levels. Her creativity, impeccable taste,
and rock solid timing always compliments the music
and musicians she plays with. Barbara is the living tradition
and the music she makes supports and compliments the
great and ancient traditions of Scotland and Ireland
- a rare musician indeed."
“It has been my great pleasure
on more than a few occasions to be accompanied
by the incomparable Barbara Magone. She's
a powerhouse on the piano, yes, but it's
her love of music and her great wit that
positively shine through in her performances. There's
no one better playing today! Keep
slaying 'em, Barbara- you're the best.”
love Barbara, not simply for her musical
virtuosity, but for her engaging stage
personality and vibrant sense of humor.
Barbara sets the standard for Cape
Breton piano playing with her intuitive
and lively dance-inducing strathspeys
and reel medleys, to soulful Scottish
airs, to humorous interpretations of
modern piano arrangements ."
—Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin,
Irish concertina player
"She is one
of the most sought after Celtic accompanists
in North America; powerful yet sympathetic." —Boston