Their bold and riotous modern folk rock is built for late nights and big stages. Hold on to your tri-corn hats, grab your best parrot and be prepared to dance to your favourite shanty – Blackbeard’s Tea Party are in town.
Sea-shanties will be given a bombastic rock edge, and folk instrumentals will become late-night floor-fillers when this raucous bunch of reprobates hit the stage. They have dirt under their fingernails and a twinkle in their eyes, and you can expect fantastic musicianship, playful choreography and an unstoppable urge to move your body.
‘Barnstorming buccaneers belting our riff-tastic folk rock’ – Songlines
‘Blackbeard’s Tea Party restored my faith in foot-tapping, fun, energy-packed music recently. In short: they make shanties chic’ – Roger Crow, Huffington Post
Blackbeard’s Tea Party believe a live show should be a spectacle for the eyes as well as the ears. Outlandish outfits, costume changes, DIY props, unhinged stage antics and chaotic choreography all add up to an engaging, high-octane show that inevitably leaves audiences cheering for more.
Two drummers, electric guitars, fiddle, melodeon and 4-part harmonies combine to create music that is drenched in tradition, but filtered through a kaleidoscope of modern rock and pop. Established as the go-to band for folkin’ fun shenanigans, Blackbeard’s Tea Party have played memorable sets at; Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, The Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo and many many more.
The band celebrated a decade of ‘rocking the folk boat’ in 2019 and commemorated this with their ‘Ten YAAR Anniversary Tour’ during the Autumn & Winter. They also re-released an updated version of their most popular track ‘Chicken on a Raft’ to commemorate this milestone.
Their previous release, the 5-track EP ‘Leviathan!’, explores the romanticized glories and the full gruesome horrors of the 19th century whaling industry. This record brought with it a bigger, bolder sound and a revamped live show, employing a heftier rhythm section with their new double-Drum Kit set up.
During ‘Lockdown’ the band began writing material remotely via Asana for their fourth album and as things began to return to normality they were very excited to get into the studio with their new lineup to record these tracks. The result is ‘Kick The Curb’, their first album in 5 years which will be released in September 2022 and they can’t wait to get out on the road to play them live !!
Supporting will be local band Run Out the Guns:
Run Out The Guns was formed in late 2009 and is a five piece acoustic line-up featuring guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki, bass and percussion. Mixing their music with songs, shanties, jigs and reels from the distant past to the modern day, with a huge repertoire and back-catalogue to call on, their live show is second to none.
Dance tunes and instrumentals flow seamlessly into the next, mixed with classic foot stomping sing-a-longs and shanties that will rouse and energise any audience from 4 to 94.
No airs or graces, no pretence and raw enthusiasm are what make Run Out The Guns such an infectious live act. The refined vocal simplicity of ‘Working Men’s’ songs combined with the close dynamics of their vocal harmonies are sure to have any audience joining in.