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“Imagine Burl Ives singing maritime music, and you’ve got Tugboat Bromberg. Tugboat is the deepest, gruffest voiced sailor we’ve heard. Despite that, it’s a very soothing voice, every word clearly understood, … and you can hear the twinkle in his eye as he sings… along with the wind in the rigging, the creaking of the decks, & the lapping of the waves. Having spent 23 years in the Merchant Marines, Tugboat comes by his sound authentically.”
~review from No Quarter Given magazine.
Reports have arrived that our festival, once again, will be adorned this year by the Great BirdMaster himself and and sometimes Mermaid, Muirenn Sinead. Find them roaming or resting with their brilliant feathered companions, and you may even be able to have your picture taken with the parrots!
Find out more at http://www.parrots4show.com.
Zambini Brothers famous Chicken Rider and Sea-Sea-lia the Sea Serpent
A longtime Pirate Festival Favorite, the Zambini Brothers once again bring their splendiferous giant puppets for your delight!
Hall Magical Glass Flutes
Wandering performer and instrument maker James Hall plays Celtic tunes and sea shanties. Come hear the beautiful sounds produced from his hand-blown glass flutes.
Portland Pirate Morris Dancers & Musicians
With their traditional and boisterous collection of high energy instrumentals and fun drinking songs, the Portland Pirate Morris Musicians, a collaboration between the Bridgetown Morris Men and Renegade Rose Morris, are a captivating historic experience. Whether accompanying the dance or singing a rousing rendition of “Bully in the Alley” they are sure to get your pegleg a-stompin’.
Renegade Rose Morris
Morris dancing is a historic form of English country dancing from the Cotswold region of England. The nimble dancers of Renegade Rose perform high-spirited traditional and newly-developed dances, aided and abetted by talented musicians playing any combination of concertina, mandolin, accordion, tin whistle, and drums. Like many Morris sides, Renegade Rosers also enjoy singing traditional English songs and modern folk tunes.
Bridgetown Morris Men
Morris dancers have celebrated the seasons for hundreds of years in England with lively music, spirited dance, rousing songs and plays. Decked out in ribbons and bells they performed athletic dances with handkerchiefs and sticks to encourage good fortune and fertility for the coming season. The Bridgetown Morris Men keep this age-old tradition alive in Portland. They perform a boisterous (and somewhat dangerous) combination of exuberant dancing, time-honoured music and lusty songs.
The Irish Setters
The Irish Setters are a lively pack of mongrels (and some of ‘em aren’t even Irish! ) who met many tuneful Tuesdays at Maldon’s Stomptown Studio to crack the code of playing sets for set dancers. (Some of them are dancing setters as well). Luckily for us, they’ve since discovered the joy of playing at venues other than dances and may be seen roving at this year’s Portland Pirate Festival!