Fans have missed Discovery Bay Pirates since this popular Peninsula group disbanded in 2015, ending its long history of Irish pub songs, sea shanties and other folk music. But the wait is over.
On Friday, April 7, this quartet will reassemble for a reunion performance at Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave. in Sequim, from 5:30-7 p.m. Admission is free.
After the Pirates finish, starting at 7:30, Olympic Theatre Arts will stage its current production of “Over the River and Through the Woods”; tickets for the play go on sale at 6:30 p.m., but the music is a separate event — if you choose, you can listen to the music without staying for the play.
You’ll hear a selection of the most requested Discovery Bay Pirates songs — such classics as “Black Velvet Band,” “The Moonshiner,” “Drunken Sailor” and “Finnegan’s Wake.” Discovery Bay Pirates appeared regularly at area music venues and festivals from 2010-2015.
The quartet members are Trevor Hanson (guitar, whistles and vocals); Sam Klippert (banjo, mandolin and vocals); Gary Prosser (guitar and vocals); and Mike Merker (bass). They all have rich musical backgrounds. Hanson is constantly seen at area venues, working with jazz, gypsy swing, big band, rock and folk ensembles, and also as a soloist playing classical and jazz guitar. Klippert has performed with many groups, including the Dukes of Dabob. Prosser is famous for his deep basso voice, a four-plus octave range and brilliant finger-style guitar playing. Mercer has played bass with countless bands all over the West Coast.
The Pirates were created as an homage to a great tradition of folk singing — to the music of the coffee shops, pubs and campuses of the 1960s folk revival, and to the great musicians of the era such as Tommy Makem, the Clancy Brothers, the Dubliners and the Kingston Trio.