Mad Agnes is mad - but only in the most endearing way. And if you ask them what they're mad about... Why, they're mad about you. Folk, classical or Celtic? Soaring harmonies, incisive lyrics or giggly repartee? For nine years Mad Agnes has been delightfully impossible to pigeonhole. This hasn't kept the genre-bending trio from winning hearts on two continents and collectively amassing a body of work which comprises twelve CDs, a concert DVD, three tour T-shirts and a cracking set of action figures. Mad Agnes is Margo Hennebach, Adrienne Jones and Mark Saunders. Each member arrived at the trio from a staggering list of solo accomplishments, including songwriting competitions, recordings, and the ability to sleep on any surface. Multi-instrumentalists all, Hennebach is classically trained in piano, Jones is self-taught on guitar and bass, and Saunders adds color with a vintage mandolin and subtle electronic processing on his guitar. The sound can be full as a concert hall or delicate as three voices singing a cappella. Hennebach and Jones write most of the songs, which they arrange in a purely fair and Democratic fashion. Choosing from among their bundle of instruments and adding "three-part harmonies as tight as jeans from the dryer" (Rob Weir, The Advocate), the resulting sound is captivating, uplifting and rare. Released in Oct, 2010, their latest CD, hush, was conceived in response to frequent requests by fans for a collection of their ballads. "It's a sweet album," says Jones. "There are still energetic moments and signature sillies, but this was a really heartfelt project." The cover of hush shows a white upper room in an old house, with peeling paint, fallen plaster and an air of quiet neglect. Soft, bright light filters in through sheer curtains - the tabula rasa, perhaps, on which we continually reinvent ourselves. Mad Agnes are smart musicians, smart enough to leave audiences wanting more. In this, their final year of touring together, those audiences will be lucky to see them go around one more time before moving on to other projects - because moving on is as much a part of the human condition as anything else they sing about. Linda Morris (Dirty Linen) agrees: "Their music is at once intricate, mesmerizing, whimsical, eclectically intellectual... but, above all, utterly human." There you have it: Mad Agnes is the real deal. Oh - except for the action figures. We were just kidding about those.