Maggie Simpson has been singing, writing songs, playing guitar and acting for more than 20 years. Her experience combined with her five years of intensive study in Boston University’s Professional Theater Training Program focused on playwriting, speech and expressive voice and movement, have given her a unique dramatic sensibility and vivid performance quality. She is renowned for her powerful and dynamic style, her stunning voice, her guitar work, and her stories. Her music covers a broad range from ethereal, lyrical ballads to hard-edged, funk-inflected grooves, revealing a complex rhythmic and harmonic sense which springs from a kind of raw innocence, keeping it tuneful and accessible. Simpson underscores her performances with a spacious, "meaty", and percussive guitar style, as she weaves her songs together with stories that are simple, but profound, charming, and disarmingly unselfconscious.
Though mostly taking time off since 2004 to be Mom, she still teaches and performs periodically and certainly captured hearts at Edinburgh Scotland’s Fringe Festival last August with her solo-autobiographical performance piece, “The Queen of Wyoming”.
"Simpson has an irresistible personal charm, and delivers a remarkably detailed performance which holds the attention... But the real star of the show is her voice: strong and soulful, it encapsulates all the pain and passion of her remarkable story." -The Stage
"Speaking to her audience as though she might be talking to friends, she uses song as much as she uses speech. Those songs are beautiful, endearing, mysterious, striking; Simpson uses her voice like a second instrument... To be frank, it's like listening to Joni Mitchell, but better." -Three Weeks (Festival newspaper)
"The strength of her play is that, without cliché or histrionics, she brings to life extremely dark experiences with wit, humour and wisdom. A singer-songwriter with a voice that recalls both Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, Simpson impresses as an actress too." -The Scotsman
Maggie’s support credits include such musical luminaries as Doc Watson, Richard Shindell, Tom Rush, Martin Sexton, Chris Smither, Patty Larkin, Bela Fleck, Dan Fogelberg, Bill Morrissey, J.J. Cale, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, and Warren Zevon. In addition to performing, Maggie facilitates performance workshops and is a frequent performance instructor at the Planet Bluegrass' Annual Folks Festival Song School.
Supported / Shared Stage:
Richard Shindell, Patty Larkin, Bill Morrissey, Doc Watson, Martin Sexton, Dan Fogelberg, Bela Fleck, Susan Werner, Willie & Lobo, Warren Zevon, Vance Gilbert, Hot Tuna, J.J. Cale, Chris Smither, Darden Smith, Jefferson Starship, A.J. Croce, Tom Rush, Dar Williams, Beth Amsel, Jenny Bird, Alice DiMicele, Leftover Salmon, Stewart Lewis, Don White, Jonatha & Jennifer