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Magdalena's Revenge

by The Mad Maggies

Quirky and upbeat. Imagine Gypsy brass band bumps into Celtic renegades taking turns with neo-Polka enthusiasts at a cantina on the shores of the Black Sea. But then there's that Ska tune and the retro swingin' song and.
Genre: Folk: Power-folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Musical Priest S
2:29 $0.99
2. Pica Pica Polka
3:38 $0.99
3. Sparky's Romp
3:28 $0.99
4. Chance to Dance
4:21 $0.99
5. Surely, Shirley
2:56 $0.99
6. Mad Mod Vlad
3:29 $0.99
7. Kirghiz Eyes
2:56 $0.99
8. Magdalena's Revenge
4:10 $0.99
9. Are Ye Sleepin', Maggie?
3:05 $0.99
10. Cal's Waltz
3:24 $0.99
11. Fanfare for Eva
1:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
These crazy musicians without borders from the S.F. Bay Area have stirred up another batch of tunes. Call it Ska, Polka, Klezmer, Celtic, Eastern European Gypsy. Or is it Power Folk, New World or Roots -- whatever and no matter -- it’s a pleasant frenzy.

Composer/ accordionist Maggie Martin is joined by her fellow locos:
Johny Blood on tuba
Dana Burt on drums
John Hensley on trumpets
Lawrence Jarach on trombone
J.X. Jones on sax and clarinet
Lewis Wallace on bass guitar
Gary Wium on guitars

Mad Mag’s Listening Notes:

1. Musical Priest S … a crazy variation of a trad Celtic reel with something new added
2. Pica Pica Polka ... easy going border style polka with a long tail end. Pica pica is Latin for magpie. Magpies have very long tails.
3. Sparky's Romp … a speedy ska-like number
4. Chance to Dance ... move around the dance floor with someone you love
5. Surely, Shirley … a tale of desire and possibility, retro swing
6. Mad Mod Vlad ... mad, mad polka, polka
7. Kirghiz Eyes ... mixed meter & moody
8. Magdalena's Revenge ... high energy frailach inspired
9. Are Ye Sleepin', Maggie? … a mad version of the Scottish classic
10. Cal's Waltz ... sweet waltz written in memory of my father
11. Fanfare for Eva ... canon with tuba, trombone and accordion

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Joan Kureczka

Fun, dance music
Lots of variety here, and nearly all excellent dance music.

Joyce Pease

I like it.
I've heard it several times now and I really like it, especially "Are you sleepin', Maggie".


You know those albums you buy that are all over the place? Or those CDs you buy after hearing only one track & everything else is completely different?

This album is not one of those. It's an eclectic mix, but it somehow works perfectly. I'm guessing it's the musicians loving what they do. Take a listen to "Pica Pica Polka" and I dare you to tell me they're not having fun.

Sylvia Parslow

Puts rhythm into the tone deaf!
The CD appealed on so many levels: folk, celtic, swing and most importantly, it made me smile.