December 1, 2004


ANNAPOLIS – Maritime music fans seemed mostly nonplussed to find a song playing sooner than expected on their copies of Tales of the Brigantine, the latest recording from local folk music group The Pyrates Royale.

The title track of the independently produced full length CD, “The Brigantine” is labeled on the cover as track #5. However when the CD is played, the listener will hear it as the fourth song on the recording.

“It doesn’t bother me,” said Germantown resident G. Tucker. “I think it sounds great anyway.”

“Well, it filled me with a sense of dread all right,” declared band member Kat Fairbanks, knocking over an inkwell and ruining a map of the Dry Tortugas in her agitation. “But I want to say for the record that I had nothing to do with it. I’m just the navigator.”

“I was putting together a little something in the kitchen, expecting a rousing version of 'Sally Racket’ to play on the Victrola, and suddenly I heard spooky violin and concertina sounds," said former Pyrates Royale member Louis theMoor, now working as a chef in the port city of Baltimore. "I was so scared, I nearly dropped the souffle.”

“But, I didn’t.” theMoor concluded.

“Oh, the songs were out of order, then?” said Fairbanks’ mother, who asked not to be named. “I didn’t notice. Doesn’t my Katherine sound lovely on the hammered dulcimer, though?”

Before anyone could ask what on earth a hammered dulcimer was, she continued, “I really don’t see what all the fuss is about. It’s just a typo, after all.”

“It is NOT, mum!” retorted Fairbanks, knocking over another inkwell, narrowly missing her trousers but ruining the rug. “It’s the CURSE OF THE BRIGANTINE!”

“Come now, dear. I think you’ve had too much sun again,” said Fairbanks’ mother. “Let’s get you a cold drink. Maybe you should have a little lie down.”

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