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"Up North & Out West - the Mad Maggies on Tour"

2012 Release

Culled from our live field recordings.

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Track Titles & Notes:
  1. Up North
  2. Heaven on This Earth
  3. Aye, Lassie (Oui, Ma Chérie)
  4. Making Way
  5. Serba
  6. Street Dog
  7. Magdalena's Revenge
  8. Shake Those Bones

Recorded live by Tim Sarter on an Olympus LS-10 portable recorder at shows in Oregon, Washington and Nebraska. Edited and mixed by Ian Luke. Mastered at Wally Sound, Oakland, California.

Cover design and layout Media Rare.

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"Shake Those Bones"

2011 Release

Our follow up to "Skull & Magpies -- more danceable tunes inspired by adventures on the high seas. There's ska, celtic, cumbiesque, cajunesque, a song in French, a song in Irish and more.

shake those bones cd cover and disc
Track Titles & Notes:
  1. Skullduggery
  2. Shake Those Bones
  3. La Chanson de Jean (Dark John's Theme)
  4. Cold Hearts Abound
  5. The Cards On the Table
  6. Dead Men Don't Need Gold
  7. Teach Tábhairne Mhaillí Ní Dhuibh (Molly Black's Tavern)
  8. Drunken Sailor's Hornpipe
  9. Making Way
  10. Aye, Lassie (Oui, Ma Chérie)

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Wally Sound, Oakland, California.
Analog, 2 inch tape, 16 track. Digital mixdown.

Cover design and layout Media Rare.
Cover and disc illustrations by illustrator and fine artist, Dale Horstman.

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"Flashbacks - the Mad Maggies play vintage hits"

2010 Release

For our newest CD we dipped into the past and found 9 musical gems
and gave them our special musical touch.

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Track Titles & Notes:
  1. Twine Time -- Chicago R&B / Alvin Cash 1965
  2. Twisting the Night Away -- the dance crave classic / Sam Cooke 1961
  3. A Message to You, Rudy -- Ska / Dandy Livingstone 1967
  4. Give Him a Great Big Kiss -- Pop / George Morton 1965
  5. Dead Air -- a Maggie Martin original 1986
  6. Searching for My Love -- Muscle Shoals soul / Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces with Chico Jenkins 1966
  7. Vitamin A -- instrumental Ska / Baba Brooks 1965
  8. Get Ready -- Motown R&B / Smokey Robinson 1965
  9. Pipeline -- Surf / The Chanteys 1962

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Wally Sound, Oakland, California.
Analog, 2 inch tape, 16 track. Digital mixdown.

Cover design and layout Media Rare.

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The Mad Maggies: Flashbacks - the Mad Maggies play vintage hits



"Skull and Magpies"

2009 Release

Our third album inspired by the high seas and piratical riff-raff. 12 salty-flavoured tunes.

"It's a hit!" -- N. Kotsaris.

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Track Titles & Notes:
  1. Seaborne -- open sea ska
  2. For the Love of Pete -- a sea-going adventure, celtic, pop, swing hybrid
  3. Navigate -- to see where you are take a look at the stars
  4. Dark Matters -- ska/swing
  5. High Seas Lament -- slow and sad, the ocean's edge stretches wide ahead
  6. The Folly of Fame -- a Black Sea rogue
  7. Sandglass -- atmospheric, times past
  8. Rough Music -- ballad of a roving man and a discontented crew *
  9. Morning Star -- mad maggiefied traditional reel
  10. Fair Winds -- love
  11. Il y a un Bal -- cajunesque
  12. Where to Next? -- ska, reminiscent of bluebeat**

Recorded at Wally Sound, Oakland, California.
Analog, 2 inch tape, 16 track.
Mastered by J. J Golden, Ventura, California.
Cover and disc illustrations by illustrator and fine artist, Dale Horstman.

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The Mad Maggies: Flashbacks - the Mad Maggies play vintage hits

Our star whistle player, Rhian describes our sound on this one as "The Specials duking it out with the Chieftains".

JJ Golden did his sound mastering magic. Fine artist and illustrator, Dale Horstman created spectacular images for the cover and disc. The very talented Jonathan Segel (Camper Van Beethoven, Chaos Butterfly) helped with the mix down at Wally's. This is our third CD recorded, engineered and mixed at Wally Sound because, besides being a pleasure to work with, he gives excellent sound. We went analog again -- 2 inch tape to 1/4 inch to digital master.


* when sailors were unhappy with they way they were being treated they would make noise at nighttime on the lower decks by rolling cannonballs (shot), banging iron objects together etc. These sounds are called rough music and were a warning to the captain and officers that the sailors' discontent could turn to mutiny.

** Blue Beat Records was a label in Jamaica in the 60s which featured R&B and ska. The name became associated with a style of ska.



"Magdalena's Revenge"

2007 Release

The Mad M's second album with 11 tunes stretching this way and that, celtic, klez, ska, swing and more.

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Track Titles & Notes:
  1. Musical Priest S - a crazy take on a traditional Celtic reel
  2. Pica Pica Polka - easy going border style polka with a long tail. Pica Pica is the Latin name for magpie.
  3. Sparky's Romp - a speedy little ska-like number
  4. Chance to Dance - move around the dance floor with someone you love
  5. Surely, Shirley - a tale of desire with a retro swing
  6. Mad Mod Vlad - polka. Imagine a taxi cab driver in a former eastern block country who watches too much 70s American TV
  7. Kirghiz Eyes - mixed meter moody. Kirghizstan is an area of central Asia
  8. Magdalena's Revenge - How sweet it is! This frailach-inspired tune blazes.
  9. Are Ye Sleepin', Maggie? - a mad version of the Scottish classic
  10. Cal's Waltz - sweet waltz Mags wrote for her Dad who was a horn player
  11. Fanfare for Eva - canon with tuba, trombone and accordion

Recorded at Wally Sound, Oakland, California. Analog, 2 inch tape, 16 track.
Mastered by J. J Golden, Ventura, California.
Cover illustration by illustrator and caricature artist, Doug Shannon.

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The Mad Maggies: Flashbacks - the Mad Maggies play vintage hits


HONORED "Pica Pica Polka" and "Musical Priest S" from "Magdalena's Revenge" were nominated by the Just Plain Folks Music Awards 2009 in the polka song categories. We are proud to have been selected out of 540,000 tunes entered.


"Crazed and Enthused"

2004 Release

The Mad Maggies' debut album.

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  1. Up North - polka
  2. Luna Marie - love and fate in a cold dark sky (cabaret)
  3. La Pachulera - klezmer musicians at the border
  4. Street Dog - looked who showed up one Mardi Gras night
  5. Heaven on this Earth - supposin' there's no home on high
  6. Furey's Polka - polka
  7. Barefoot Kate - love in time of war (ballad)
  8. Our Hearts Ride a Big Wheel - poetic rock
  9. Sleepy Maggie - rousing urban take on a trad Celtic reel
  10. Short and Sweet - about that size thing - a very, very short blues tune
  11. Where's Diana? - circus polka
  12. Friday Night - dancing side by side
  13. Time's Up - where does the time go?

Recorded at Wally Sound, Oakland, California. Analog, 2 inch tape, 16 track.
Mastered by J. J Golden, Ventura, California.

Cover design and layout Media Rare.

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the Mad Maggies: Crazed and Enthused


Cool Notes

AS HEARD ON TV: "Sleepy Maggie" from "Crazed and Enthused" is used in "The Black Donnellys" pilot. About 7 minutes into the show there's a bar scene --"Sleepy Maggie" plays throughout the scene. This series is created by Paul Haggis (Million Dollar Baby, Crash, Casino Royale) and written by Robert Moresco (Million Dollar Baby, Crash).

The tune is a Mad Maggiefied version of a traditional reel. (NB: There are other versions of the show online with different music--something to do with licensing. So if you hear a less gritty, more trad tune in the scene, it's not us.)

HONORED "Luna Marie" & "Street Dog" from "Crazed and Enthused" were nominated by the Just Plain Folks Music Awards 2006 in the cabaret and cajun song categories respectively.


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