A Little About Martie
Name: Martha Eleanor Maguire
Born: October 12, 1969 in York, PA
Home: Austin, Texas
Children: twin girls Eva Ruth and Kathleen
Emilie (April 27, 2004), daughter Harper Rosie (July 25, 2008)
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 5' 8"
Earlier Band: Blue Night Express
Opry Debut: in
1991 (with former Dixie Chicks)
Sports: played soccer in high school
Most Embarrassing Moment:
"My first kiss; we missed mouths completely!"
Pet Peeve: hates coffee breath
Dixie Chicks Song To Perform: Sin Wagon
Martie is a championship-level fiddle player who started at the age of five
years old with violin lessons. She then began fiddling when she was 12. She and Emily would practice everyday while being
timed with their mother's egg timer. In school, Martie was in orchestra. Martie and Emily toured the country together in a
teen's bluegrass group for six years before helping to form the Dixie Chicks. They both were playing acoustic instruments
before their teens.
Fiddles - Her 1st fiddle is a 1920 German
Stradavari model while her 2nd fiddle is a German Stainer built in the late teens or early 20's. Each is equipped with an
L.R. Baggs violin bridge, a Shure SM98 mic (RF), and D'Addario Helicore H310 (heavy tension) strings. Martie also has
a modified Stradivari/Guarneri del Gesu model from William Townshend.
Electric mandolin - solidbody built
by E.F. Elliot (played during Goodbye Earl)
Acoustic Mandolin - Gibson A-9 (played
during Landslide, Everybody Knows, Thin Line). During the Top Of The World tour, Martie played a Gibson F-5 Master.