The Dread Crew of Oddwood

Wolfbeard O’Brady: Accordion, Woodwinds | Riven Rahl: Keyboards, Piano | Ruba Jouba: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Mandolin | Smithy Crow: Bass (acoustic), Bass guitar, Cello, Viola, Violin | Gunmaster Castle: Drums, Percussion | Stark Cordwain: Bouzouki, Woodwinds | Deckard Cordwain: Mandolin, Ukulele

Genre: Rock

Sound description: Pirate rock for fans of Captain Jack Sparrow, Renaissance faires, the Butthole Surfers, and the original TV band.

RIYL: Thee Corsairs, Nautical Disaster, the Band, the Pogues, Korpiklaani, Alestorm, Gogol Bordello, Epica, Nightwish, Kamelot, Manowar, Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Testament, Flogging Molly, Turisas, Motörhead, Oingo Boingo, Dethklok, Iron Maiden

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Inception: San Diego, 2008

Ex-Band Members: Nathaniel Grizzlejaw, Concertina

Influences: Butthole Surfers, Thee Corsairs


Armed with toy pianos and tin whistles, the Dread Crew of Oddwood is a six member celtic pirate rock band. Having originally met via the fan message board for the Sega Genesis game series Ecco the Dolphin, they have a slew of valiant, terrifying, and amusing songs, some of which have been featured on radio stations Rock 105.3 and Bilgemunky Pirate Radio.

This swashbuckling crew has had their music featured in Volcom surf videos, performed and been interviewed on KUSI morning news, joined the select lineup of musicians included on the popular New Orleans music preservation CD series Lafitte’s Return, and performs at some of the largest fairs in America, including the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire, the Bristol Renaissance Faire, and the L.A. County Fair.

Their debut album Reign the Helm features not only distinctive original work, but their critically-acclaimed covers from the spectrum of traditional Irish music to video game soundtracks as well.

Their 2011 album Rocktopus includes twelve original tracks with timeless tales of betrayal, comrades lost, magnificent battles, dangerous journeys, and hilarious antics, as well as a full-length medley with their own unique twist on six different folk melodies.

Heavy Mahogany was released in 2012. Says the band, “Heavy Mahogany music is essentially acoustic folk metal. Instruments include accordion, toy piano, mandolin, ukulele, bouzouki, upright bass, steel string guitar, and a mini-drum kit, with commanding, harmonized vocals.” The full-length was nominated Best World Music Album at the 2012 San Diego Music Awards.


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