Piratitude began in the Summer of 2019 when professional entertainers and musicians Captain Barnacle (Chris Brown) and First Mate Filibuster (Steve Newton) decided to ‘do something’ with a side project of over 15 years of annual pirate-themed busking and occasional ad-hoc street entertainment.
They brought on board percussion powerhouse Singbad the Sailor (Chris Linton) and shipmate Lefty on bass (Mike Kendall), along with occasional guest fiddle supremo Vile Lynn (Mike Scott, one half of folk duo Paruski), and Piratitude was born. The lineup is completed by the glamorous Shanty (Maria Coelho), always ready to snare unsuspecting audience members into impromptu dance routines and providing general hilarity.
Piratitude are rooted in the historic pirate port of Bristol and bring a unique mix of folk standards, original material, affectionate reinventions of classic tunes, shanties, and singalong favourites, all delivered with trademark energy, humour, stagecraft, and bags of audience participation and antics. And all in full pirate costume, naturally.
Undeterred by the weirdness of 2020, Piratitude got together for socially distanced busking, community events, and open-air walkabout entertainment; we had a steady flow of bookings throughout 2021 and beyond with pub gigs, festivals, events and private parties. In 2023 we were mighty pleased to secure a slot in The Open Arms at Glastonbury Festival.
To enquire about booking Piratitude for your gig, party or event, please drop us a line