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Born in Swansea
in 1958, to a Welsh father and an American mother, at the age of five Margot sailed with her family on the Mauritania to settle in New Jersey, where she spent the next thirteen years.
As her father was a Presbyterian minister, church music was among her early influences, along with the slave songs and the early American music she sang at school. She sang in both high school and church choirs. Accompanying her father to a church music convention in Maryland, at the age of eleven, she found herself overwhelmed by the singing of one formidable individual in particular Ė who she later discovered was none other than Paul Robeson. It was a formative experience. So too was her brief time at Livingston College of Rutgers University, where, at the age of seventeen, she saw giants of jazz such as Chick Corea, David Sanchez, Billy Cobham and Dizzy Gillespie.

 

In 1976, she returned to Swansea where she studied for a BA, raised two children, and earned her living as a teacher while developing a parallel musical career. She also developed others interests, including acting and writing (she has an MA in Modern Welsh Writing in English and has published articles in journals such as Planet: the Welsh Internationalist and Agenda, the journal of the Institute of Welsh Affairs). When family commitments finally allowed, she became part of a successful folk trio, performing at various venues, including the main stage at Pontardawe Folk Festival. Margot has sung and performed with numerous drama and music groups, among them  the Tŷ Llen Theatre Workshop and the Staggering Players (at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea), the Boiled String experimental poetry group, The Idrisiaid (a poetry and folk group), National Theatre Wales, and the Community Chorus of Welsh
National Opera.

 

Margot was invited by Jen Wilson, founder of Women in Jazz (now under the umbrella of Jazz Heritage Wales), to be the singer for the organisationís various shows and groups. Among them were Wilson & Morganís Café Society Ensemble, Roots Trio, and the Jen Wilson Ensemble which in 2011 released the critically acclaimed Twelve Poems: the Dylan Thomas Jazz Suite.  Margot is currently developing her repertoire on the Jazz Performance MA at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

 

As Jazz Heritage Walesís sole vocalist, Margot went on to train Elissa Evans, lead singer of the All Stars band, the first all-women big band in Swansea since 1945, for which Margot has also led a series of workshops. She trained as a Natural Voice Practitioner in 2007 and, as a member of the NVP network, she is a freelance singing teacher.

 

In 2010, Margot founded the Brynmill Uplands Community Choir, meeting weekly and aiming to present some three concerts a year. Their premier performance, of songs by the Fisk Jubilee Singers, attracted a full house and the choir is looking forward to presenting programmes of madrigals, lesser-known Christmas carols, and arrangements of twentieth-century popular songs.
 

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