Cara & Skaggs

Apr 25, 2012

By Rose DeMilio Andress
The first time I heard Cara Cartney play was at Sparky’s World Famous in Levittown. A huge crowd gathered to celebrate our dear friend Jodi’s 50th birthday. Jayded was taking a break and up walks this obviously shy girl with a noticeable bit of stage fright. I was nervous and unsure for this kiddo but when Cara Cartney began to play and sing her voice was a delight and her style captured the room!
Music has always been a part of Cara’s life. Her musical influence and inspiration comes from her father Tim, a guitar player himself who passed his passion for Paul McCartney and the Beatles as well as many other great talents on to his daughter. When Cara was three years old her Dad gave her a big orange guitar and at that tender age Cara would join her father in singing the words to all of the songs. Around the age of 13 Cara realized that playing music came naturally to her, she learned to play the guitar by ear and had no formal vocal training. At age 15 Cara began writing her own songs and recording them on an 8 track. With the support of her mother Jane and her sister Kelly, Cara began to step out of her shyness and battle against her stage fright. She would share her beautiful voice and her passion for her music by playing out at many local venues and open mics, where she would meet and have the opportunity to play with “Skaggs”. Kismet!
Marc Magnani affectionately knows, as “Skaggs” is a brilliant self-taught percussionist. Music grabbed his soul at a young age with influences such as Curtis Mayfield, Santana and the Grateful Dead as well as some of Lower Bucks County’s finest musicians such as Danny DeGennaro. “Skaggs” jokingly admits to sneakin’ in to some of the favorite nightspots around town just to get the chance to play music with some of the very best! These early influences lead him on a musical journey to blue grass, blues, zydeco as well as working with a Grateful Dead cover band. Marc Magnani has been playing professionally for over twnety years now and thirteen of those were spent touring the East Coast with Paul Brion and the Raucous Brothers Band. “Skaggs” performance on percussion is a pleasure for the listener. You’ll find Marc Magnani playing on many occasion at the Logan Inn in New Hope PA and hosting weekly open mic nights at such places as Marie’s Kozy Korner in Fairless Hills, PA on Wednesday. “Skaggs” easy going nature invites everyone to join in, creating a room filled with fantastic musical energy.
Cara and Skaggs perform beautifully as a duo. Together they are hosting Sunday night open mic at Sparky’s World Famous in Levittown, PA and they are sharing their unique sound at other popular venues such as Dog&Bull in Croydon, PA.   They were recently afforded the opportunity to play along with Sharon Rivera at a talent show hosted by Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA. T

hey won second place in that competition. The story doesn’t end there. Cara and Skaggs plan to collaborate, blending their creative writing and creating their unique sound. It’s an exciting time for these two talented musicians! This Cara & Skaggs fan can’t wait to see what their bright future has in store.
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