"Before Jack Sparrow, there were the Pyrates Royale." -- Laurie DeWitt, The Gazette
More than 25 Years of Maritime Music and Mayhem
Longtime members of The Pyrates Royale, Kat Fairbanks and Long John Skivvy (pictured at right) are ready, willing, and able to fulfill your maritime music needs! (Doesn't everyone have those?) Send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Often imitated but never duplicated, The Pyrates Royale made its mark by combining seafaring history, music, comedy and reenacting.
Singing and Comedy -- Since the group's debut at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in 1987, The Pyrates Royale set the standard for comic "singing pirate" acts at renaissance festivals throughout the United States. They also boarded ships, acted in plays, played prettily at weddings and sang raucously at parties. Expect a rich blend of traditional and current folk music and a surprising variety of instruments, including guitar, concertina, hammered dulcimer, bouzouki, violin, and percussion in addition to smooth vocal harmonizing.
Interactive Performance -- We don't just tear down that "fourth wall," we blast it into powder! We mix, we mingle, we harass our audience one-on-one in character... until they start to wonder if we're going to take a few hostages or press them into service!
Sound System Available
Real Salts -- We have friendly alliances with tallships up and down the east coast. One of our performers, Darcy Nair, is a volunteer sailor on the crew of the Kalmar Nyckel, a tallship docked in Wilmington, DE. She climbs the rigging, ties knots, hauls lines and scrubs the deck. She still eats with a knife and fork, though.
Beyond the Sea -- We are available in costume or in "civvies" -- no event is too unconventional and no client is too creative! We even switched genres and ventured into Irish territory and country-western mode for some productions.
Sure, we do weddings! -- That includes the ceremony! click here for more information
We have been seen in action at these otherwise respectable places:
Tallship Kalmar Nyckel
The Clipper City
The Harbor Queen
Private yacht The Mystery
Good Morning America
A & E's Hornblower Series promotional events -- Baltimore, Md. and New York City
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts -- Washington, D.C.
The National Aquarium -- Baltimore, Md.
Walter's Art Gallery -- Baltimore, Md.
Chesapeake Music Hall -- Annapolis, Md.
Courtyard Concert Cafe -- Falls Church, Va.
Royal Mile Tavern -- Wheaton, Md.
Mick O'Shea's Pub -- Baltimore, Md.
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Washington Folk Festival -- Washington, D.C.
Potomac Celtic Festival -- Leesburg, Va.
Southern Maryland Celtic Festival
Folklore Society of Greater Washington -- Washington, D.C.
First Night Annapolis
First Night Dover
Georgia Renaissance Festival
Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival
Carolina Renaissance Festival
Virginia Renaissance Festival
Florida Renaissance Festival
St. Louis Renaissance Festival
Sterling Renaissance Festival -- New York
Great Lakes Medieval Faire -- Cleveland, Ohio
Pirates in Paradise Festival -- Key West, Fla.
Norfolk's Harborfest -- Norfolk, Va.
OpSail 2000 -- Norfolk, Va.
First Night Norfolk -- Norfolk, Va.
Lee Island Pirate Festival -- Fla.
Havre de Grace Maritime Festival -- Havre de Grace, Md.
Annapolis Maritime Festival -- Annapolis, Md.
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum -- St. Leonard, Md.
Mercer Museum Festival -- Doylestown, Pa.
The Pyrates Royale Pub Sing -- Historic Dumfries, Va.
The Mariner's Museum -- Newport News, Va.
A Pyrate Home Companion -- Manassas, Va.
1998 World Science Fiction Convention -- Baltimore, Md.
weddings and private parties
...and one Cub Scout Blue and Gold Dinner (but only one)
Read these testimonials, then contact us.
We'll be happy to discuss your evil plans and our very reasonable rates.
Best Music Group, Renaissance Festival Awards
2010, 2009, and 2007
Best New CD -- 2007 Renaissance Festival Awards
Top 10 Music Performer, 2005 Renaissance Festival Performer Awards
WAMMIE Award Nominee
Best Recording -- "Tales of the Brigantine"
Best Traditional Folk Group -- 2007, 2006, 2005, 2002, 2001
Swashbuckling Songsters Keep a Legend Alive -- The Gazette
Included in Washingtonian Magazine's "Great Music" issue
Pop Quiz -- Washington City Paper
Acts of Musical Piracy -- Rambles Magazine
Tales of the Brigantine -- No Quarter Given
Love at Fyrst Nyte -- No Quarter Given
Love at Fyrst Nyte -- Rambles Magazine
Lyve Behind Bars -- No Quarter Given
Lyve Behind Bars -- Rambles Magazine
Hello, Sailor -- No Quarter Given
Hello, Sailor -- Rambles Magazine