In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, we bring you The Bilge Pumps, a piratical band from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This group has been releasing music since 2000 and likely performing for much longer than that. Their newest project is Bail Money.
Bail Money is a live album recorded over two years at various shows. The 37 tracks include intros to give you a feel for what a Bilge Pumps show is really like. There’s a lot of humor added to this album as well as music. Most of it is family friendly, a couple of places might be better suited for … older audiences. There’s definitely a lot of irreverence here, but well-blended voices.
The songs are collection of classic Celtic and Renaissance Festival favorites – such as “The Night Pat Murphy Died” and “The Derelict”- with a nod to some modern music with a piratical twist. I have to admit I have a soft spot for “The Banana Boat” song which The Bilge Pumps have made their own, and I found it amusing. This is the second “ren faire” band I’m run across that’s also adapted the Eagles “Seven Bridges Road” – but for bands like this who do a lot of a cappella work – The Bilge Pumps do have drum and guitar, but are mostly vocal – it’s a good song to adapt. Several tracks are collaborations with Traveller Song, which gives more layers to some of the tracks.
This album also has new songs for them, “Ghosts of Heros” which is hauntingly lovely, and “The Mermaid” is a great tune. The last track is the only studio track, and it’s a fun parody track called, “Once in a Mermaid’s Lifetime”. So if you want to completely partake in Talk Like a Pirate Day, this would be a fun way to do it.
Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband, and two dogs. She’s ventured into several industries and occupations for a wide variety of experience. She has a well-rounded publication history in both fiction and non-fiction many of which can be found on www.RhondaEudaly.com.