Couple celebrates 30 years and 5th album |

Couple celebrates 30 years and 5th album

Thirty years ago, Maggie McKaig took hold of the horn of her saddle and the handle of her guitar case and headed to Alberta, Canada, where she worked as a ranch hand during the day and on her musical guitar chops and songwriting at night. One day she wandered into the shop of Luke Wilson, luthier (one who makes or repairs stringed instruments) and musician. Somewhere in the process of his fixing some aspect of her guitar and playing the banjo for her, they fell in together. Now 30 years, two sons and five albums later, they are still going strong.

Friday, they’ll celebrate those 30 years and that fifth album, “Edge of the World,” at a concert at the Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall. Once known as folk, the music their band Storm Session plays is now classified as world music.

Says McKaig, “You’ll hear a collection of songs and stories that cover gods and goddesses, heroes, mere mortals, mythical beasts … and mayflies, to name a few. You may find yourselves dancing to jigs, tangos, polkas and reels.”

The artist is expressing her Russian ancestry with some new tunes, such as the lovely “Mazurka,” and commemorating a trip the couple took to Italy with “Neptune’s Garden,” “Travelers” and “Tutto Va Bene.” At least 10 instruments – accordion, guitar, tenor guitar, banjo, dobro, violin, oboe, English horn, electric bass and mandolin – will be used for their special sounds.

A year ago, during a thunderstorm, the story goes that Luke leaned in to kiss Maggie just as lightning zigzagged across the sky outside their home – a sign, perhaps, of the spark in their marriage and an extraordinary partnership? Sounds right. See it for yourself, starting at 8 p.m., 212 Spring St.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 at BriarPatch, After the Gold Rush Records, the Record Connection and Cherry Records (in Auburn); $20 at the door. Contact or (530) 470-9615 for more about the concert; online at for more about the band.

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