Under the Crossbones - The Pirate Podcast

Under the Crossbones - The Pirate Podcast

Join comedian, musician, and pirate geek Phil Johnson as he explores the history and pop culture of pirates. Interviews with leading historians, actors, artists, writers, musicians, pirate festival organizers, and more. From Captain Charles Johnson’s “A General History of Pirates” to JM Barrie’s Captain Hook to Errol Flynn’s swashbuckling cinematic adventures to Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean juggernaut, pirates have captured the world’s imagination for hundreds of years. This show dives deep into the pirate community to talk to the people that bring the stories and history to vibrant life. You’ll also find they us that history of criminals and cutthroats to make the world a better place through charity work and a sunny outlook on life. Whether you’re an old salt with your own cutlass or a someone who just thinks Johnny Depp looks cool with a braid in his hair, the colorful characters in Under the Crossbones are sure to take you away from your day to day and drag you kicking and screaming out to sea.... Show More

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Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. Talking with Rachel Eldridge of Brethren of the North East Sea aka B.O.N.E.S.  This New England band has been making the rounds of the Ren Faire and Pirate Fest scenes since 2011 and we dig into some of the psyche of Ren players. In this episode: Introverts vs extroverts in the faire scene How important it is to find your pod of pe... Read more

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Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. Haakon Vatle leads Norway's Storm Weather Shanty Choir.  He's got some great tour stories and actually uses sea shanties on a ship he's the general manager for.   In this episode: How his time on a Norwegian tall ship taught him about the real life usefulness of sea shanties How a couple super hardcore fans made their first Japanes... Read more

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June 4, 2019 50 min

Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. Eric Mueller is the owner of Pirates Press in Emeryville, CA  They're the industry's largest vinyl pressing company working with all the big names on really unique vinyl releases and a lot more. In this episode: All about the modern vinyl record biz How they built from a bedroom operation to one of the world's biggest pressing comp... Read more

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May 28, 2019 47 min

Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. Rebekah Harris is the owner of Silverella, a nautical themed jewelry company based in Montauk.  I'm not even much of a jewelry guy and I want to get my hands on her works of art.  Really unique stuff.  And she's got great stories about her haphazard hometown and the wilds of the New York diamond district. In this episode: What really... Read more

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Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. Treva Etienne played the pirate Koehler in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and can current be seen in Bosch on Amazon Prime. In this episode: Growing up and learning theater in London How he developed a backstory for Koehler Acting as a team sport The future of fame The responsibilities of film makers All... Read more

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May 14, 2019 47 min

Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. The Shipwreck Rats from Berlin, Germany play "fast and evil" Scottish and Irish Pirate Folk music.   In this episode: How three non-German folk musicians managed to find each other in Berlin Which member has a 20,000 jukebox in his brain The crazy unique homemade equipment they record their music with A world premiere song from their ... Read more

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Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. Randy Gnatowsky aka Constable Heartless is a retired police office and captain of Blackbeard's Crew, a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on 18th century historical reenactment and education. In this episode: All the new on this year's Hampton Blackbeard Festival Randy's other life running polygraph tests and how what you hear on the internet... Read more

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April 30, 2019 49 min

Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. All five members of the Jolly Rogers are on the show today!  We delve into the long running band's epic pirate music career. In this episode: The song that Disney stole from them The insanely cool gig in Krakow, Poland and the hidden history of sea chanteys in Poland. What it's like to have written songs that are standards in the pira... Read more

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Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. Steve Genett is the creator of A Pirate's Book of Days.  Inside this really cool phone app you'll get a daily bit of pirate history, and location searchable database of pirate museums, festivals, and attractions around the world, and more. In this episode: How Steve discovered pirates as a child from a free grocery store book The in-d... Read more

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Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. Reece Miller aka Wolfbeard O'Brady is the singer and accordionist for The Dread Crew of Oddwood, the pirate metal world's least electric band.  I mean, they're still super exciting.  They just don't plug things in. In this episode: How Reece gets his accordion to fill the place of an electric guitar What the heck is that crazy drum ki... Read more

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Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. Sam Conniff is an entrepreneur and author of the book "Be More Pirate".  It's an examination of how pirates rewrote the rules of their time and weaponized storytelling to change the world around them.  And then, how we use those lessons in our own time to make our world better? In this episode: How Sam's business Livity worked with en... Read more

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Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. Brad Lee Howard leads The Pyrates Royale, the longest running band in pirate fest history.  In our talk we dig into Brad's formative years including classical music, 1970's standup comedy, Mad Magazine, rugby, and more. In this episode: The group's experience being the first pirate band to show up at Ren Faires in the 80's. Their Spin... Read more

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Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. Zachary Stocks is the Program Development Officer for Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, home to the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain.  And my co-host this week, Cheryl Jones, spent a week volunteering on the Lady Washington 15 years ago.  So we get some good "then and now" storytelling about the ship. In this episode: The sto... Read more

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Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. Graeme Bucky aka The Buccaneer is an indie wrestler from Australia.  Nick Hoffman sits in with me today and Graeme teaches us about the unique storytelling vehicle that is wrestling. In this episode: Which countries have big wrestling cultures (a big surprise in here) and how a wrestler moves up the ranks How Graeme connected with his... Read more

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Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. Bradley Williamson is the CEO of Treasure Expeditions and we dig into his parallel interests in treasure hunting and genetic engineering.   In this episode: Great stories about Mel Fisher, Carl Fizmer, and Louie Anderson(???) Bradley's plan to run off at age 15 to find the treasure of the Incas His treasure projects around Captain Kid... Read more

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Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. Capt James Hawk runs the Krewe of the Scarlett Fortuna, a nonprofit organization to promote reading among children.   In this episode: Why reading is his pet cause The advice him mom gave him that has served him well his whole life Why switching from Medieval to pirates was literally cooler A story about a 4-year old that is way more ... Read more

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Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. Jess Dobie is co-owner of Switch Sails in Brisbane, Australia.  They specialize in sails for yachts and racing ships. They've also made sails for some of your favorite pirate films. We'll find out about the cutting edge in modern sail-making and the growing number of people retiring on the sea instead of in a Winnebago. We'll also catc... Read more

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Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. Marc Paquien is the creator of the board game "Treasure Island".  In the game, one player "hides" the treasure and the other players ask questions and make calculations to find it.  Beyond that simple description, it's a game with all sorts of unique angles.  We talk about Marc's creative process when designing a new game including how... Read more

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February 12, 2019 39 min

Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. Moonsun Kim is the creator of the pirate web comic "Whispers in the Wind". We travel to the outskirts of Paris to talk with Moonsun about her early art training, how she became obsessed with the pirate story in her head, her tools of choice, and her time in Korea to find out more about her own culture. Under The Crossbones is a podcas... Read more

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Comments or Questions? Email me at phil@underthecrossbones.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter. Daniel Bjorkbacka aka Joe Blackheart is the founder and banjo player of Sweden's Pat Razket.   We dig into the band's background as a party and wedding band, the idea to become pirates, and the moment that convinced them to have a great show but also work harder on their music. And work harder, they have!  Their 2nd album Deeds and Deb... Read more

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