Photo: Patience Becquet
Huzzah!! 2017 is already proving to be most enjoyable!
Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers started the year out with the Old City Pirate Festival in St Augustine, Florida, America's oldest city, and we had a grand time. They've already asked us back in 2018, so mark your calendars for the last weekend in January.
It's shaping up to be a fun year, with a solo UK tour in late April, Blue Buccaneers festival dates including old favorites like Billy Bowlegs, the Minnesota State Fair, and Pirates of the High Seas, solo concerts both pirate and non-pirate, touring the "Pirate Party" CD, and beginning our next CD's!
photo: Patrick O'Leary
We had a fantastic time playing our Pirate's Christmas show at Bluegrass Underground at the Cumberland Caverns in December. We're planning on touring the show in December of 2017, so keep watch me hearties!
The new CD "Pirate Party" is here! Pirate Party is the perfect soundtrack to, well, a Pirate Party, of course. It features five originals and eight old sea shanties that we've rearranged for our band and your dancing pleasure. "Blow The Man Down" gets dragged through a parade in New Orleans, a Bo Diddley-esque "Drunken Sailor" is perfect fodder for a mambo line, and "All For Me Grog" is a hard bluesy shuffle. It's the first appearance of "Talk Like a Pirate" on CD, we've re-recorded "In The Drink" and "Pirate Song (We'll All Go Down With The Ship)" and there are two new songs, "Pirate Polka" and "Pirate Party".
(Alex McCollough mastering our CD.)
While we purport to be pirates, we seldom engage in actual criminal acts, and often survive be the generosity of others. Here is your change to invest in us, to be a patron of the arts, by means of a virtual tip jar. Thanks in advance!
2016 has been so much fun so far, including stops at the Eclectic Music Festival in South Pasadena CA, Billy Bowlegs and Carrabelle Riverfront Fest in Florida, Tall Ships Festivals in Bay City, Michigan, Door County Wisconsin, and Erie, Pennsylvania, and six shows the weekend of Talk Like a Pirate Day, plus house concert tours and band shows on Lake Superior.
Photo: Larry Beat
(Blue Buccaneers, Michael Webb, and Tuba Christmas at 3rd & Lindsley, photo: Greg Ketteman)
The holiday season was wonderful, and The Blue Buccaneers had a great time performing with Supe and the Sandwiches and (unmasked) with the Ornaments. We're thrilled to announce that next December we'll be back at the cave for Bluegrass Underground, and we're starting to work on a national tour of "A Pirate's Christmas".
photo: Deone Jahnke
Halloween was a blast! Thanks for all who came out to the Family Wash!
photo: Deone Jahnke
photo: Annie McCue
We had a great Talk Like a Pirate Day (5 shows!!), followed by a fun performance at the brand new Pilgrimage Music Festival, and a fantastic fourth trip to the Pirates of the High Seas Festival in Panama City Beach Florida! Here be a few shots from PCB by Dara Adams:
Here be the song we made sure to sing at every raid on September 19th:
Here's the link to share: https://youtu.be/U8_NlNSINbA
In other news:
Ahoy me hearties!! We’re back in America after taking “The World is Ablaze” to Australia, the Caribbean, and Great Britain, and here in the states. Thanks for your support, and we look forward to seeing you all soon!
The Blue Buccaneers at the Port Fairy Folk Festival
Sarah Busuttil, Tom Mason, Pete Pulkrabek, Silas Palmer, Billy Morrell Photo: Tad Auty
Photo: Tad Auty
The Blue Buccaneers grew as we added crew and welcomed back old friends in our travels, and along the way we performed for wonderfully enthusiastic crowds from the outback to the highlands and from Yorkshire to the tropics.
Photo: Tad Auty
The Blue Buccaneers on the Golden Hind, Brixham UK Steve Ryan Liddle, Mikey Maclennan, and Tom Mason with Captain Blackheart of Brixham
The Blue Buccaneers at Sugar Bay, St Thomas, Virgin Islands Leandria Lott, Tom Mason Pete Pulkrabek, Jeff Thorneycroft
The Blue Buccaneers at The Filey Folk Festival, Yorkshire, England Sam Kitchen, Tom Mason Mikey Maclennan, Steve Liddle
We were joined onstage at the Filey Folk Festival by the Ramshackle Shantymen and Monkey's Fist.
A Flock of Sparrows at the Brixham Pirate Festival!
We're so grateful to all those who pledged during our PledgeMusic campaign to help get us here. We love what we do (we'll spare you the woeful tales of failed transmissions, crowded hotel rooms of four pirates snoring, broken down rental cars, and scurvy), but in order to introduce our music to new audiences, we always need a little help. We don't have a record label giving us tour support (those days are long gone) but we do have an amazing community of fans and friends around the world, so we're hoisting our Jolly Roger to set sail!
The shows in Australia were so much fun, and we recruited a few Australians and ex-pats to be Blue Buccaneers for some of the shows.
Here are Blue Buccaneers Sarah Busuttil, Rick Plant, Tom, and Pete Pulkrabek on the Williamstown, Victoria docks.
Here are a few shots from a school show we did in Kyabram with Aussie Blue Buccaneer Sarah Busuttil:
We're very excited about "The World is Ablaze". The new songs were written and arranged knowing that pirates sailed around the world and their crews were international, and the music would reflect that. There are songs suitable for twirling fire, belly dancing, and of course, hoisting the glass and singing along. We've added African drums, Indian tablas, and Scottish bagpipes to our music. The cover was done by our mighty bass player and artist extraordinaire Jeff Thorneycroft. You can listen to samples on our music page.