The Buccaneers

The Buccaneers

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Tight vocal harmonies, contemporary arrangements, and high-energy performances have captivated audiences from around the world as The Buccaneers win over music lovers with their unique brand of Rocky Mountain Roots Music.

Biography

Brace yourself for the landing of THE BUCCANEERS, the hardiest, most harmonious band of pirates ever to hoist their flag on Calgary's shores!

All right, before you scramble for your atlas and history books, you're correct. Calgary has no sea access, and Alberta isn't exactly the breeding ground for the worlds most notorious pirates. But THE BUCCANEERS aren't letting those trifling facts halt their pursuit of nautical and melodious distinction. Their disarming chemistry", strong vocal harmonies, contemporary arrangements and passionate, high energy performances are captivating audiences from sea to shining sea, as THE BUCCANEERS win Canada over with their unique brand of Rocky Mountain Roots Music.

Now, let's face it: Calgary is not the first place that springs to mind when you mention sea shanties. That's likely why these gents had to travel to the streets of Winnipeg to discover their true nautical souls and form THE BUCCANEERS in 1997. Originally a six-man busking group, the band quickly became a local favourite and set off as a full-time touring band, stretching their fan base to all our country's shores.

The band now consists of three of its founding members: Rodger Leeder (vocals, mandolin, bass guitar, guitar), Seán Sabraw (vocals, guitar, bass guitar, bodhran, mandolin), and Jim Samuelson (vocals, saxophone, penny whistles, tambourine, bones). Now back in Calgary, they have established a strong hometown crowd, developed a second school show, "Road Trip", that has reached students at over 250 schools across Canada, recorded and released their third album, and returned to a California to Alberta touring schedule with stops in places like Las Vegas Nevada, Leduc Alberta and Victoria BC.

"Rocky Mountain Roots Music?"? you may ask: try envisioning a blend of Celtic drive with Bluegrass harmonies and contemporary attitude (plus the sporadic plundering of klezmer licks, latin rhythms, Hawaiian music and the occasional 80's pop song!), resulting in a diversely-influenced music as Canadian as, well, someone who gets the joke about moving to Winnipeg to learn sea shanties. Vocals dominate the sound, with tight three-part harmony arrangements in every tune and each band member trading the lead voice from song to song. These multi-talented multi-instrumentalists switch axis as often as they swap vocals, and trade the songwriting and arranging duties for each piece, a pretty democratic bunch of outlaws, indeed! Presenting an eclectic, free-spirited bilingual live performance filled with humour and get-outta-your-seat-and-dance energy, THE BUCCANEERS remain true to their busking roots while demonstrating the hard work, dedication and professionalism you'd expect from a band that has survived ten years on the road and whose members are still planning for at least 10 more!

Having nurtured a fan base in six Canadian Provinces and two American States, THE BUCCANEERS have entertained Brian Tobin (then Premier of Newfoundland) and the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as actors such as Catherine O'Hara, James Spader, Lara Flynn Boyle and Chevy Chase at various wrap parties in "Hollywood north". Other recent performance highlights include the International Freedom Festival, the Islands Folk Festival, the Pan-Am Games, the Western Canadian Summer Games, the Southern Alberta Summer Games, the Maritime Reunion Association, the Canmore Highland Games, the Edmonton Celtic Festival, and Festival du Voyageur, as well as showcases at the Western Canadian Music Awards, Alberta Showcase, Rendezvous Folk and the International Folk Alliance. THE BUCCANEERS have also shared the stage with performers such as AMOS GARRETT, THE WAILIN' JENNYS, TIM HUS, JOHN WORT HANNAM, NATHAN ROGERS, MARIA DUNN, CRAIG KORTH, EASILY AMUSED,THE BILLS, THE WALTONS, PAINTING DAISIES and THE FABLES.

The band's first album, PRAIRIE SHANTY, was released in May 1999 and received radio airplay across North America and internationally. A mix of traditional and original songs, this recording met with overwhelming fan response from all ages and all walks of life. Released online in January 2000, its songs remained in the MP3.com World/Folk, Celtic and Folk TOP TEN lists for half a year, and its listeners numbered about a half million people from around the world. And of course we can't forget to mention that on March 14, 2001, the lads from The Buccaneers got to experience every young (and old) man's dream , THE MADONNA SANDWICH: with Madonn's songs Music and Don't Tell Me taking up MP3.com's overall top 11th and 13th spots, THE BUCCANEERS' Whiskey in the Jar was nestled ever-so-comfortably between Madonna's, er, songs at #12. (If that doesn't shiver your timbers!)

THE BUCCANEERS released their Third CD, Road Trip: Vol. 1, this past spring. Made up of songs from their school show of the same name, the music includes folk songs from 7 of Canada's provinces. "The Little Old Sod Shanty" discribes the life

Lyrics

Glasses Run Empty

Written By: Sean Sabraw

Glasses Run Empty

Oh mates, the work of the week is done. But keep your finest Sundays on. Meet us at ten at the Anders' Mill.
Down the Barley road, testing our skill.

Everyday we still find our way. Simply spending the time that we have.Rounds of friends, solid to the end.
Let the glasses run empty tonight

Where the good times are enjoyed by all. Where the ordinary man has the right to stand tall.Stay near the bar with a Guinness in hand.
Making heads heavy and too sore to stand.

Where the cheers are aplenty, true friends are so few.We laugh and console at what we've been through.
Leave the day in the cold, and the night is all ours.
Enjoying the freedom to leave home the cars.

When the final bell is rung, setting up the final round
Calling an end to the day in this town.Stagger through the black night, the stars as our guide. Drunk as the next man and high as the tide.

Discography

Prairie Shanty - 1999

Farewell to Nova Scotia - MP3.COM single - 2000(no longer available)

Basement Monkey Pre-release CD - 2002 (no longer available)

Basement Monkey - 2004

Road Trip: Vol.1- 2007

The Buccaneers EP - To be released in spring 2008

You can also find The Buccaneers at www.spiritriver.com, www.CDbaby.com & www.itunes.com

Set List

Hudson Bay Line
I Want to Go Home
Everyone Loves You
Pull Down Lads
Better Days
Goin Home
Casey Jones
Glasses Run Empty
Into the Sea
Harmonize
Kananaka
Kipukai
Come Home