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.
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!
'Crocodile' Will Thunder - Bill Cronkhite
We found him tossin' back a Foster's at the local Outback, so this guy is obviously the real deal from down under! 'Will' has been playing bass since the early 80's, having played in Rock, Blues and Country bands. He has performed at local bars, big venues, and has opened for bands like Black Oak Arkansas and Molly Hatchet. This is his piratical debut and he's having a great time finding his sea legs. Bill 'willingly stepped aboard the ship in April of 2015
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.
2013's Project Backstage Midwest Drummer of the Year, Kris has been playing drums for over 20 years, has lead and sang with various bands for 10+ years, is no stranger to Renaissance Festivals (18+ years experience and is endorsed by Soultone Cymbals. Kris took on the 'Blades' flavor of Piracy October of 2014.
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
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