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Skull & Magpies

by The Mad Maggies

12 new tunes inspired by the high seas and piratical riff-raff. Imagine "The Specials duking it out with the Chieftains".
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Seaborne
3:26 $0.99
2. For the Love of Pete
3:30 $0.99
3. Navigate
3:22 $0.99
4. Dark Matters
4:06 $0.99
5. High Seas Lament
4:54 $0.99
6. The Folly of Fame
5:24 $0.99
7. Sandglass
2:15 $0.99
8. Rough Music
4:06 $0.99
9. Morning Star
3:22 $0.99
10. Fair Winds
4:45 $0.99
11. Il ya un Bal
3:25 $0.99
12. Where to Next?
4:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
In our newest, coolest CD we're traveling the High Seas with seafaring adventurers and piratical riff raff. These 12 tunes are our first adventures with the crew of the barque, Lucky Bird.

If you like Ska, Celtic flavors and Gypsy brass bands you'll like us.
If you like seafaring rogues and dance and drink worthy tunes you'll like this CD!

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

* 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.

Michael Ashby: bass guitar
Johny Blood: tuba
Billy Dee Boom: drums
Adrian Gormley: alto sax
Lawrence Jarach; trombone
Rhian Robinson: whistle, clarinet
Maggie Martin: accordion, vocals
Lewis Wallace: bass guitar
Gary Wium: guitars

All music and lyrics by Maggie Martin
"Morning Star" based on a traditional reel
Music published by Media Rare/Squeezin' Diva Music (BMI)

Recorded, engineered & mixed by
Wally Sound, Oakland, CA - Analog, 2 inch tape, 16 track to 1/4 inch stereo
Mastered by "JJ" Golden, Ventura, CA

Illustration and design by Dale Horstman

Executive producer: Cash Vaquero

©2009 Media Rare/Squeezin' Diva Music (BMI)



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Joan Kureczka

Avast ye! Good music
Maggies music writing and particularly arranging skills keep maturing. This is their best effort yet. Fans of English and Irish folk rock will particularly like the Morning Star reel, while those with a Cajun inclination can rock out to "Ilya un Bal"


Okay, I own all of The Mad Maggie's albums & I'm going to give them all five stars. The CDs are worthy of the five stars, but having seen them perform these tracks live cements my rating.

Much like a fine meal, their music goes straight to the hips. Many shows I've seen, these tracks get people up & dancing.

Diane and The Reviewer Team

Excellent album full of seafaring tunes
Journey through the deep blue seas as you listen to “Skull & Magpies,” a recently released album by The Mad Maggies. This album has a wonderful assortment of musical genres ranging from Celtic to Ska, which produces creative arrangements with bouncy, syncopated beats. Vocals are clean with crisp clarity while the lyrics are sung in ‘buccaneer’ style. This album also has a refreshing variety of instruments that really capture the essence of musical adventures in the high seas. Swing to the accordion as it plays an upbeat rhythm on “Dark Matters.” The instrumental song “Sandglass” features a well-balanced mix between the tuba and the gentle, sweet melody on the whistle. Fans of The Specials and Flogging Molly won’t be disappointed with the colorful seafaring tunes on The Mad Maggies’ “Skull & Magpies.”