Avast, ye cover-lovin’ landlubbers, and cast yer deadlights this way, because I’m takin’ over this blog and there ain’t nothin’ to be done about it! As for the whereabouts of Ray, yer usual host, well, let’s just say he’s a little tied up, gagged, blindfolded and locked in a chest at the moment. Instead you get me, Black Dog Nate of Pirates For Sail, remindin’ you that September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and welcomin’ you to this all-pirate installment of Cover Commissions!
First, a bit of background. Under the incomparable leadership of our beloved Captain Molly the Crympe, Pirates For Sail has been navigatin’ the waterways and watering holes of Maryland and surrounding states since 2005. We’ve performed at Rock Hall’s Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend, the Virginia Renaissance Faire, the Unicity Performing Arts Festival and dozens of other venues, some of which have even invited us back a second time. We’ve recorded two albums and are hard at work on the third. And we’re fueled almost exclusively by rum! If you’d like to learn more, pay us a visit.
You’ve heard our cover of Tom Lehrer’s “The Irish Ballad” here before, but if you haven’t, go ahead and listen now.
Perhaps you’d also like to watch us live in concert, singing “The Mary Ellen Carter,” by the legendary Canadian songwriter Stan Rogers:
So here’s how this whole Cover Commissions thing works. We’ve selected ten fine nautical-themed tunes that we’re willin’ to sing for ye. You vote for the one you’d most like to hear, and we’ll record the winner! Simple as that! Here’s the list of contenders.
Now get to votin’! You’ve got precisely one week to make yer selection, right up until midnight of Friday, September 24th. I’m gonna go check to see if I remembered to put airholes in that chest.
Yours in piracy,
Black Dog Nate
Vocalist and Ship’s Mutineer, Pirates For Sail