About Us

Since the turn of the century, a fearless band of misfit rogues has been terrorizing and delighting the Midwest with a unique blend of hilarity and harmonies. The Musical Blades have spent the last 13 years bringing soaring vocals and vibrant performances to countless renaissance festivals and clubs in 11 states across the country’s midsection.

Offering a range of music styles including mug-banging pub chant-alongs, rowdy folk-rock favorites and tear-jerking sea ballads, this pirate crew plunders the hearts of audiences wherever they go. The Blades are equally at home un-amplified with acoustics and hand drums, or with electric guitars and a full drum kit.

The Musical Blades began humbly as a sword-fighting stage act with hardly a note between them., but after more than a decade of refining and evolving, their music has now been enjoyed across the country and abroad. Having released eight full-length albums, playing festivals, private engagements, clubs and concert venues across the country and winning national awards for their recorded and live performances, the group now stands as the country’s premier comedy music act, delighting fans young and old wherever they sail.

Musical Blades are now embarking on their ninth studio album - 'Pieces of Eight and Treasures of Old' is a double-CD, featuring reimagined fan favorites on disc-one and reimagined traditional songs and sea shanties on disk-two; all with the Blades’ unique spin!

What’s next for the Musical Blades? Only time will tell. But rest assured that you will see this band at more faires, bigger venues and additional dates year-round.

The Crew:

Captain Patch - Albert Hall
The original Musical Blade and 'Captain' of the crew, Albert is a veteran of the sound stage and studio and has performed in venues throughout the Midwest for over 20 years.  Albert began the Musical Blades back in the fall of 2000 and has remained the primary visionary for the band.  He has many hats he wears along with his Captain's hat, such as Producer, Writer, Artistic Coordinator and Promoter.  


Saxton - Derrin Skorupan 

Who is this "Bowler Hat" wearing chap, and why does he keep thinking he's in the band? Is he a Pirate?  We have no idea, but he keeps showing up on stage at our performances, at our rehearsals, and even our recording sessions(!?).  Derrin has brought input into song writing and brings a big, dumb, lovable character to life...quite convincingly!  After realizing he wouldn't go away, Derrin was officially invited to join the crew in May of 2010!


Sven Helgrim - Joe Heller 
Thumpin' the upright bass, and unlike anyone else in the Blades, Joe actually works at Sea! When not a pirate, Joe works as a tug boat engineer! He won't be with us at every show, due to his job, but he'll be there when he can. Joe's contribution really came alive on the 2013 CD "Up the Ante" and we look forward to him continuing to fill out the sound on future endeavors.  Joe was invited onboard in September of 2011.


Pappy McBeard - Mike Collier 

What mysteries are hidden behind the epic beard?  We may never know. Mike AND his beard bring a wealth of knowledge and talents to the crew.  Mike is the crew's 'Engineer'.  He has a keen knowledge of how to do anything and everything and as such, is often responsible for putting together various projects such as our CD box, our merch box, building stage sets and even his very own instrument.  Mike has the biggest set of cajons we've ever seen, and between those and the various toys he brings to the show, he is always a busy guy!  Mike was drug onto the ship in September of 2011.


Saucy Jack Tar - Michael Doss 

Michael has been entertaining the musical scene in the midwest in various bands for 20 years, but the Musical Blades are his first foray into 'pirate music.'  Michael has been an important piece in the direction of the band's music and aside from racking up numerous 'titles' in 'The Saucy Report', where he narrates through some of the stories and adventures of the crew.  Michael was hired after Patch saw him in another band and thought he 'looked piratey' and knew he would be willing to wear ridiculous clothing back in February of 2012.


Paddy "Zulu" O'Shea Marty Johnson 
Marty has been playing music in bands for many years in the area, and many of them have been with Michael.  When Musical Blades were looking for a new tenor to add into the crew, Marty was deceivingly convinced that it would be a good idea for him! Marty brings a different sound and voice to the band that make wenches cry and scream...in a good way...and he plays various percussion to add to the overall fullness of the crew!  Marty was brought onboard in August of 2012.

Gunpowder Red - Ryan Irwin
Ryan has been a part of the Kansas City music scene for over a decade, having performed in several bands with Marty (Zulu), as well as sharing the stage multiple times with Michael (Saucy Jack). When the Blades needed a new member of the 'core' stage crew, Michael and Marty knew he would make a huge contribution to the bands writing and performances. Behind the scenes, he is a big part of crafting the stage show and comedy writing, as well as adding ideas and dynamics to the bands songwriting. On stage  he is the bouncing tattooed Irish Scotsman from Oklahoma. Ryan was press-ganged into Piracy November 2013