the Mad Maggies

Hard to Describe, Easy to Love

The Mad Maggies continue to kick up the dust with their distinctive sound. What started as a one-off recording project in 2004, became a wild, musical adventure spanning genres, crisscrossing musical borders and knocking over a few traditions along the way. 

The Mad Maggies refuse to be type cast. They seem to delight in turning musical styles on their end.” Greg Cahill, The Argus Courier

“…stylistically omnivorous…”  Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News

“There was not a moment when the dance floor was not packed, even long after the beer was gone. Yes, you guys rock” — Rod De Witt, Andersen Valley Brewing Company

“The Mad Maggies…hit it home…leaving the audience begging for an encore.” — Golden Gate [X]Press

“The Best Band Ever” — Howard Dillon, Bolinas Hearsay News

“One listen to La Pachulera, from the band’s self-produced CD “Crazed and Enthused,” is all you need to know just how eclectic this band can be. The song kicks off with a syncopated Tex-Mex rhythm exploding into a rollicking Eastern European dance groove before settling back into that laid-back South-of-the-border feel – like klezmer musicians stranded at a well-lubricated Tijuana wedding party.”  — Greg Cahill, for The Argus Courier

“We LOVE the Mad Maggies! … You have got to experience this band…” — Cadenza Music, St. Paul, MN 

“I absolutely LOVE your music! Maggie’s voice is so of  another era… Don’t you just want to rub it all over your face?” — L. Baker-Ronco

The Mad Maggies are:

Johny Blood: tuba, bullhorn 
Ray Fernandez: saxophones
Ian Luke: drums, percussion
Maggie “Mags” Martin: accordionist, vocals, composer, fearless leader
Mark Nemoyten:  trumpet
Tim “SepTIMus” Sarter: bass
Gary “GDub” Wium: guitars
with guest Ned Stone: trombone

Listen to “Naked Ladies”,  the tune Mags wrote celebrating the music and joy that fills La Plaza park every year. 

For booking and more information visit

“Death” is the Mad Maggies skeleton beanie baby mascot. You’ll always see Death somewhere on stage when the Mad Maggies play.

The Cotati Accordion Festival is grateful for Maggie Martin who volunteered to work as our SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR. She is responsible for the online posts we hope you’ve enjoyed.

Maggie is also the illustrious Director and Producer of the ANNUAL GRAND FINALE on the center stage Sunday. Thank you again. YOU ROCK!!!!