There Be Pirates!

There Be Pirates!

 Joshua Tree, California, USA

Ahoy! Looking for salty, swashbuckling musical fun? Something a little traditional, and a lot new? Music fit for a party - a boarding party?
Look no further. There Be Pirates!, California's premiere pirate jam band be the crew yer lookin' for. Set sail for great music with There Be Pirates!.


There Be Pirates! Is a 7-piece (more or less), acoustically-based band that specializes in taking songs of the sea (many 150 years old or more), traditional Irish songs, pirate ditties, originals & more, and performing them in an entertaining, accessible, and often danceable, format.

The crew of There Be Pirates! arrrghhh all accomplished musicians in their own right. They are led by Shanghai Brown, whose previous musical incarnations have been as a traditional shantyman in the Puget Sound area, as well as a singer and drummer in rock bands.

There Be Pirates! got its start in early 2006, with the band's first gig on St. Paddy’s Day that year. Since then, the band has performed internationally at music, maritime, and pirate festivals, concerts, private affairs, pirate re-enactor gatherings, pirate pool parties, buccaneer balls, and has opened for British folk legend, Richard Grainger, who sings on the band’s album, Drink & the Devil. There Be Pirates! toured England in the summers of 2009 and 2010, performing at On the Waterfront (50,000, Liverpool), Sea Fest (headlining both years, Scarborough), Danby Castle, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Ryedale Folk Museum, and venues from Staithes to Osmotherley.

The band has packed the Queen Mary's art deco First-Class Lounge to capacity for the No Quarter Given Magazine anniversary celebration and launch party of Pyrate Daze in 2009, held its CD release party for their second album, Pirates in the Desert, at Danby Castle, where Henry VIII's widow Catherine Parr once lived, performed southern California's largest International Talk Like a Pirate Day celebration for 2011 in San Pedro, followed by a popular Saturday night performance at Shoreline Village's annual Pirate Festival in Long Beach, California.

There Be Pirates! has been featured on HDnet TV’s national series, “Deadline,” with Katie Daryll (VH1 & MTV hostette). The band's fans include professional pirate re-enactors in the US and UK. They have performed twice for the Port Royal Privateers’ exclusive private party, Evening at the Drunken Mermaid. The Privateers bring the band their homemade rums and have declared them “best pirate band.”

There Be Pirates!’ two CDs have received critical acclaim, & sell well internationally. The band has been a guest on BBC radio, & Music World Radio in the UK, as well as radio in the US and Netherlands. Shanghai Brown has lectured on piratical history at a southern California museum, and has taught maritime music courses for adults and public school classrooms. The band has extensive experience working and performing for children, as well as adults.

The band enjoys working with pirate re-enactors & belly dancers. Pirate conga lines & a little NOLA soul are heartily encouraged at There Be Pirates! performances.

There Be Pirates! be yer perfect choice for international, maritime and pirate festivals, as well as roots and folk music festivals, where a fresh take on traditional music brings fun and excitement to the stage.

There Be Pirates! also be a fine choice fer all piratical themed events - buccaneer balls, pyrate parties, non-profit fundraising events, pirate pool parties, Mardi Gras themed events (after all, Lafitte hailed from New Orleans), and venues wanting to add a little swashbuckling fun to their event.

(We created arrgghhhh Sonicbids EPK in late 2011. A selection of There Be Pirates! performances prior to International Talk Like a Pirate Day, 2011, arrgghhhh included below:

The River, Rancho Mirage, CA
Yucca Valley Pirate Days, CA
Pyrate Daze, The Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA
Chuckwalla Festival, (multiple years), Pappy & Harriet's, Pioneertown, CA
Pirates n' Plunder, Whittier, CA (HDNet TV broadcast performance)
Shoreline Village Pirate Festival, Long Beach, CA
The Whale & Ale, San Pedro, CA
The 29 Palms Inn, Twentynine Palms, CA
Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel, DHS, CA
Art Queen, Joshua Tree, CA
10th Anniversary SeaFest, Scarborough, UK (multiple venues)
11th Anniversary SeaFest, Scarborough, UK (multiple venues)
On the Waterfront Festival, Liverpool, UK
Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton-le-Hole, UK
Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool, UK
Danby Castle, UK
The Captain Cook, Staithes, UK
The Queen Catherine, Osmotherley, UK


Drink & the Devil (album), 2008
Pirates in the Desert (album), 2010

Set List

High Barbary
Derelict (Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum)
Sugar in the Hold (Mobile Bay)
Paddy Lay Back
Billy Bones
South Australia
Leaving of Liverpool
Swingin' From the Yardarm
My 18 Pounder
The Ballad of Kerry Rose
Pirates in the Desert
Louie Louie
Brot Up
Haul Away Joe
The Ballad of Captain Kidd
Blow the Man Down
Doodle Let Me Go
All for Me Grog
Fiddle Aire
Let the Bulgine Run
Bonnie Ship the Diamond
Iko Iko
John Cherokee
The Quinault
and many more...