Hire a Pirate!
I like to say that what I provide is “Pirate Music for Kids and Kids at Heart”. With all my
songs, I encourage audience participation. This includes singing, cheering, body motions,
jokes, and guessing games. Related historical and cultural subjects often come up, such as
when I perform “Hungry Pirate” and we talk about the actual food that Pirates ate.
Schools, Libraries, and Festivals are my best venues. My strongest demographic is 3 - 7
year old girls and boys, but I also appeal to their older siblings, parents, and grandparents.
I gear each performance to the composition of the audience. “Twinkle Twinkle Little
StaRRR” engages the youngest audience members while making the adults laugh. “FP
Rap (Pirates on Board Go RRR!)” is aimed at tweens, teens, and adults, but also appeals
to the Pre-K crowd (as evidenced by a 3 year old autistic child memorizing all the words
to this lengthy song). I pepper my patter with jokes for adults as well as kids. In fact,
Seven Days (Vermont’s Arts & Entertainment Weekly) compared my approach to that of
Shrek and Toy Story.
Styles range from the Rockabilly-tinged Chantey of “Aweigh and a Hey”, to the reaggae-
lite groove of “Friend Ship”, to the gentle waltz of “Pearl the Purple Pirate Princess”, to
the churlish punkiness of “Cranky Pirate”, and other ports in between.
I play six string acoustic guitar while I sing. I can also use backing tracks, which I like
to do for “FP Dance” and “Buccaneer Bounce”. I plug my microphone, guitar, and
CD player/iPod into a powered speaker. I have coloring books and other promotional
materials. Me rates RRR reasonable.