The Toucan Pirates
Genre: Traditional inspired, mostly insrumental
Target Audience: All Ages
The Toucan Pirates albums are amongst the most difficult to review. With very few (and very specific) exceptions, their music is entirely instrumental. They also tend to use the same instruments throughout – those being steel drums, banjos, accordians, coconuts, and other “period-ish” instruments found throughout the Caribbean and/or Ireland. Like the instruments, the music is period-ish, hailing largely from jigs and such. So while the albums can vary in pace, style, and tone from track to track, the actual differences can be difficult to convey in words. Continue reading
The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues
by George Choundas
Talking like a pirate is the bane of my existence. As someone generally recognized as a guy who’s “really, really into pirates”, as the host of a fairly sizeable annual Talk Like a Pirate Day Party, and as DJ of a weekly pirate-themed radio show, folks pretty much expect me to “talk the talk.” Problem is, I generally don’t.
The core element to what’s widely regarding as “pirate talk” is essentially a mix of gutteral throat scratching combined with maritime words and a shameless knack for “hamming it up.” But sadly, I’m not by nature a ham. What’s more, common pirate impersonations don’t work well on the conversational level, as everything must be an enthusiastic exclamation. This may work fine at parties or festivals, but if you need to actually convey detailed information (as pirates surely did from time to time,) then one needs to find a way to actually – not yell, not growl, not utter – but yes, TALK like a pirate. Easier said than done, in my book. Continue reading
Our pre-Talk Like a Pirate Day show – full of great pirate music and technical difficulties!
There it is, mates – after many weeks of trials, backstabbing, and sweat, Ben is CBS’s Pirate Master. And odds are, you barely know what I’m talking about. Continue reading
Played many favorites this week, including Rust Monster, Pirate Jenny, Captain Marty Scapegoat, and more.