About Rockin' Ron
Some folks ask- "Isn't the name Friendly Pirate an oxymoron?" Yes, it is an oxymoron (just don't call me a moron, unless you want 'MORE Ron' - haha), but as I say in the "FP Rap (Pirates on Board Go RRR!)", "I don't have a sword and I don't have a knife, I roll like a Pirate but I roll real nice." Anyway, I talk and sing like a Pirate (no bad words of course), and I also dress and dance like a Pirate, but the only thing I want to steal is.... your heart! OK, I want to steal the show and I want to steal a glance too. Still, that's only three things.
Why a singing pirate? Since my earliest days I have been possessed by a passion for music. When I was a young buccaneer, I became intrigued by sailing ships- the look of them, and the idea of adventure they inspired. In school, History and Geography were the subjects that caught me fancy. Then I heard the saucy pirate chantey "Jolly Roger" by Roger McGuinn (founding member of the Byrds), which captured many of my interests in one song. Through the years I wrote my own songs. Occasionally, I would create a nautically themed song. Various friends suggested that I should try writing kids songs. In 2002, the Friendly Pirate character was born.
As Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate, I most often perform at Smugglers' Notch Resort doing sing-alongs, hosting the Raingutter Regatta, and entertaining families who come to Friendly Pirate Dinners and Breakfasts. I also perform throughout Northeastern North America at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, hospitals, parties and festivals, as well as charitable and promotional events. I released my first album "Give Me an RRR!" in July 2010, my first DVD "Lights...Camera...RRR!" in September 2012, and my latest album "Pirate PaRRRty!" in September 2013.
Who is behind the patch above Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate's eye? That would be me, Ron Carter. I attended Berklee College of Music where I won a Richard Levy Scholarship for Composition. I performed with various groups including Notorious, The Fossils, Groovy Dudes, and Jeffersonville Airplane. During jobs at CBS Records, Chrysalis Records, and EMI Records, I promoted artists such as Yo Yo Ma, Cyndi Lauper, Jethro Tull, Sinead O'Connor, Slaughter, Jon Secada, and Arrested Development.