CD recording artists Margo Hennebach & Mark Saunders
are two-thirds of the nationally acclaimed trio, Mad Agnes, with
Adrienne Jones. Together they combine award winning songs, highly evolved
musicianship and a touch of whimsy to make them a favorite of critics
and audiences alike.
Margo has a BM in Piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory, a masters degree in Music Therapy from the Guildhall School of Music in London, and is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. Before performing full-time, she was a music therapist at hospitals and schools. Her work as an oncology music therapist influenced much of her early writing as she discovered how songwriting could help her clients organize their feelings and experience into something beautiful and whole.
When Margo first came onto the scene in the mid 80’s, she was a fixture in the Fast Folk circuit where she backed up several artists such as Richard Shindell, Shawn Colvin, and Rod MacDonald before striking out on her own. Since then she has been a finalist in several national songwriting competitions including Kerrville (TX), Telluride Troubadour (CO), and Napa Valley Folk Festival (CA). Her shows have been characterized as "a privilege to experience" because of her soaring vocals and lush orchestration.
Marks virtuoso guitar work recalls the inventiveness
of Richard Thompson. A graduate from Hartford Conservatory with
a degree in classical guitar, he cut his teeth on R&B music, and
brings an electrifying edge to Margos playing. Together they perform
almost single-mindedly, moving deftly from haunting ballad to Celtic
A Prime CD recording artist since 1991, Margos albums are now perennial favorites. Big Love (1998), Margo and Mark's first joint recording project, project which Bob Franke called a "wonderful, wonderful piece of work." Michaelean (1996) explores Margo's identity as an adoptee as well as her Celtic roots. Margo Hennebach (1994) is inspired by her work as a music therapist treating children with cancer, and in Comfort & Joy (1999), Margo and Mark share their fresh and sometimes quirky renditions of traditional Christmas treasures.
Margo & Mark now perform exclusively with Adrienne Jones as Mad Agnes, a trio known for its onstage antics, breathtaking instrumentation, and a cappella harmonies so tight you can’t fit a piece of paper between them. Adrienne and Margo also founded Madwoman in the Attic, voted "Best Acoustic Act" by Hartford Advocate readers two years in a row, and Idle Rumours, a contemporary Celtic band with Whirligig’s Paul Kovit.
1-800 Prime CD is the New York-based record label created
to widen the exposure of singer/songwriter who perform various styles
of music from folk to alternative. In addition to Margo, other featured
artists are Annie Gallup, Jack Hardy,
Hugh Blumenfeld, Aztec Two-Step, The
Westerleys, and Whirligig.
On December 21, 1999, Margo & Mark performed on
the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. See
a streaming video of their performance from the Kennedy Center Millennium
Margo and Mark enjoy using Elixir
brand strings by Gore