Blackbeard’s Tea Party

Their bold and riotous modern folk rock is built for late nights and big stages. Hold on to your tricorn hats and be prepared to stamp your wooden legs – 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.

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.

In 2019 Blackbeard’s Tea Party celebrated ‘a decade of rocking the folk boat’ with their ‘Ten YARR Anniversary Tour’. They also re-released an updated version of their most popular track ‘Chicken on a Raft’ to commemorate this milestone.

The band spent ‘Lockdown’ writing remotely with their new lineup, which features Ben Trott on Guitar and Paddy Lester-Rourke on Bass. They had a great time in the studio over the Winter of 2021 recording this material for their new album ‘Kick The Curb’ which was released on 30th September 2022. They can’t wait to get back out on the road to play this live on the tour, with dates booked from October through to December. See tour dates here.

Barnstorming buccaneers belting our riff-tastic folk rock


‘Contemporary folk rock at its most infectious’


York’s answer to The Pogues, but with cleaner fingernails

The Telegraph

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

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