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Published June 04, 2012, 09:58 AM

Woman splits time between oil fields, music studio

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — She's known as Margaret McGlynn in the North Dakota oil fields but Mousey McGlynn in the music world.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — She's known as Margaret McGlynn in the North Dakota oil fields but Mousey McGlynn in the music world.

The 27-year-old Dickinson resident, who moved with her parents from London to North Dakota a decade ago, is juggling two careers. Her work as a technician for an oil company helps fund her passion, which is music.

She's taking a break from the oil fields this week to shoot a video in Minneapolis for the song "Walked to the Water," from her CD "Mouse" that was released last summer.

"I can't stop making music. It's really what I'm driven to do, you know," McGlynn told the Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/JLHo0L).

McGlynn works as a so-called "mudlogger" for an oil company 70 miles of Dickinson. Her job calls for her to work on-site for two or three weeks, followed by a similar stretch of days off.

She spends most of her free time working on music in a makeshift studio that used to be her brother's bedroom.

"You can find me in there lost for hours a day. I love that space," she said. "For an amateur setup, I get great sound."

McGlynn describes her recent CD as pop, or electro-pop, but she has recorded blues and jazz. Her resume includes an acoustic CD and a music video she created to a bluesy tune called "Stacey."

McGlynn was born in Ireland and attended an all-girls Catholic boarding school in England from ages 11 to 16. She and her family moved to Dickinson in her junior year of high school when they learned that real estate was cheap in North Dakota.

"We were working so hard to stay afloat in London," she said. "It was really nice to come to North Dakota and start afresh."

McGlynn left North Dakota to earn a bachelor's degree in psychology with minor in music from Roe Hampton University in London. She returned in 2009 for a job in the oil fields.

McGlynn said lately she has been more productive in the studio because she has a larger block of time to work on her music.

"I don't really have time off," she said. "I just work in the oil field, and when I go home, I work on my other job, which is myself, my business."

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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