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The Dread Crew of Oddwood played rowdy, ribald tunes to a small but enthusiastic audience. The appeal of their acoustic pirate-metal informed by traditional Celtic music seems to be on the rise: in the crowd were a busty wench in a pink and black pirate mini-dress and a swashbuckler in a poet shirt.

The seven shipmates harmonized and shouted over accordion, toy piano, string bass, mandolin, flute, tin whistle, acoustic guitar, and drums. The Dread Crew sung tales of drunken debauchery on the high seas. From "Cities Burning": "rape the women and kill the men, let's sack this f---ing town!"

The entire crew was entertaining, but you haven't lived 'til you've seen the heavy metal hair-toss by Nathaniel Grizzlejaw, a bearded man playing a concertina (who goes by the name Ian Luckey when he isn't busy being a pirate). The wild-eyed Ruba Jouba (aka Francis Roberts) plays mandolin and sings lead vocals, occasionally sharing singing duties with Captain Wolfbeard O'Grady (Reece Miller) on accordion, tin whistle, and backup hair-tossing.

  • Concert: the Dread Crew of Oddwood
  • Show date: March 4
  • Venue: Second Wind, Santee
  • Seating: general
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