Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe brings his band to Derbyshire

Ahoy me hearties! Prepare to get frigging in the rigging when musical pirates Galleon Blast invade landlocked Derbyshire.

Galleon Blast play at The Fishpond, Matlock Bath
Galleon Blast play at The Fishpond, Matlock Bath

Press ganged into service by an unscrupulous gangmaster from the Spanish Main (well….Knutsford actually), the swarthy seadogs occasionally get shore leave to ply their raggle-taggle trade wherever folk will have them.

Rum-soaked songs and shanties, the Blasters will whip up a squally strumming storm at The Fishpond, Matlock Bath, onFriday, April 28.

With traditional tunes and many a seafaring classic from The Dubliners, The Waterboys, The Pogues, Thin Lizzy, The Fisherman’s Friends and Ewan MacColl; you can be sure that these diddly diddly deck-hands will get feet tapping from the poop to the crow’s nest.

Galleon Blast feature banjos, whistles, accordions and fiddles from members of The Family Mahone, Full House and Mark Radcliffe and Foes, including the pirate disc jockey himself Mr Radcliffe – the Jack Sparrow of the Radio 2 Folk Show.

The band comprise Mark Radcliffe, drums; Chris Lee, banjo; Fluff, fiddle; Nick Mitchell, guitar; Mark Woolley, whistles; Paul Cargill, bass and Russ Mabbutt accordion.

A frantic blend of rum, beer and snuff, served up with banjos, facial hair and sexual magnetism is assured.l

So, it’s all aboard the good ship Blast for a full-on broadside of buccaneering beat.

If you want to get a taster of what they band are about, check out their album Band on the Rum, which is available on Amazon and i-Tunes.

Galleon Blast’s concert at The Fishpond starts at 8pm. Tickets £10. Contact 01629 55006 or