“Bail Money” – The Bilge Pumps

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Artist: The Bilge Pumps Band Website
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Buy Album: Release Date is scheduled for September 19, 2014. Check the website – or on Amazon
It will be available on iTunes today.

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.

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