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.
2018 saw the release of the 5-track EP ‘Leviathan!’ which explored the romanticised glories and the full gruesome horrors of the 19th century whaling industry. The 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.
In 2019 Blackbeard’s Tea Party celebrated ‘a decade of rocking the folk boat’ with their ‘Ten YARR Anniversary Tour’, playing 18 dates across England and Wales over the Autumn and Winter. 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 recording this material for their new album which will be released in the Autumn of 2022. They can’t wait to get back out on the road to play this live on the tour, with dates from October to December.
‘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‘
‘Blackbeard’s Tea Party restored my faith in foot-tapping, fun, energy-packed music recently. In short: they make shanties chic‘