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Pirates of old valued and appreciated music, so much so they would force musicians to join their crews. It may not have been cultured music, but 'twas usually something they could sing or dance to. There are many accounts by pirate victims describing music and a loud din from the attacking pirate ship which would put a fear into the victims. It was called "vapouring". Fiddlers, bagpipers, drummers, trumpeters, oboists (hautboyists), and many others were aboard pirate ships. And of course, pirates, and sailors in general, loved to sing.

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PIRATES N' RUM - 30 SEC. A - (by Kevin M. Baumgard)  Year: 2011
Kevin M. Baumgard Foot stomping, raucous, rum drenched pirate shanty. Features acoustic guitars, drums, bass, accordion and fiddle. Great for drinking pirate scenes, making trouble. Would also work well in Irish pub scenes. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
30sec - Folk, Pirate Songs
480316 0:35 Medium 119   


THERE BE PIRATES - (by Colin Willsher)  Year: 2006
Colin Willsher There Be Pirates - A swashbuckling orchestral theme in 7/4 time. Sounds like a cue from 'Pirates Of The Caribbean'. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
30sec (24 sec) - Folk, Pirate Songs
255902 0:25 Fast 165   


DERELICT - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1910
Bounding Main Everyone loves pirates, and what better song than Derelict to give an audience all of the expected "Yo-ho-ho's" that they long to hear? David Yondorf's amazing voice carries all of us through this piece. Heather Lewin's fiddle helps us turn this song into an appropriately spooky piece. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260584 3:32 Fast 167   


WOLF VS VAMPIRE (LIVE ORCHESTRA, LIVE CHOIR) - (by Pierre Langer)  Year: 2008
Pierre Langer A dark and twisted action fantasy or sci-fi film soundtrack cue, featuring a live orchestra and a live choir. Gloomy and majestic at the same time, the piece depicts a deep conflict, pain and determination. Suitable for explosive film trailer, war or battle footage, combat and conflict. Action, Intense Gothic
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track (Live orchestra, Live) - Action, Intense Gothic
287959 1:07 Med Fast 138   
30sec (30-secs version) - Dramatic, Regal Orchestral
287955 0:31 Med Fast 137   
Loop (Loop 01) - Dramatic, Regal Orchestral
287957 0:21 Med Fast 139   
15sec (15-secs version) - Folk, Pirate Songs
287954 0:16 Med Fast 138   
Loop (Loop 02) - Military, Battle Action Orchestral
287958 0:21 Med Fast 140   
60sec (60-secs version) - Action, Intense Gothic
287956 1:01 Slow 70   


PIRATE LEGENDS - (by Adam DiTroia)  Year: 2007
Adam DiTroia A swashbuckling adventure on the open seas! Marching snare pulsates under grand and heroic brass and strings. Perfect track for a film trailer! Think Pirates of the Caribbean. Epic and sweeping. Would work well in video games, film, tv, promos, advertising, and more! Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
60sec - Folk, Pirate Songs
287416 1:00 Med Slow 102   


DRUNKEN SAILOR - (by Suzannah Doyle)  Year: 2008
Suzannah Doyle Tin Whistle, guitar, and accordion version of this classical Pirate and sailor sea chantey (originally an Irish tune). Suzannah Doyle Music. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
315495 1:10 Medium 112   


ACT LIKE A PIRATE - (by CinE-Music Studios)  Year: 2008
CinE-Music Studios Soft (and slightly drunken) pirate music. You can't resist, mate. You bes' start belivin' in Pirate music.. your listenin' to one! Lighthearted, fun, whimsical. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
320152 2:00 Med Slow 98   


THREE HORNPIPES - (by Really Free Music)  Year: 2003
Really Free Music Heave Ho! A traditional olde English Sea Shanty featuring banjo, acoustic guitar and squeezebox / concertina / accordion. Excellent collection of traditional tunes that really have that olde world feel. The last tune is a version of the old children's TV show - Captain Pugwash! Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
269150 3:16 Slow 78   


NIGHTWATCH - (by Apocalypse Cow)  Year: 2003
Apocalypse Cow Accordian and Piano Dark German waltz, Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
304078 1:49 Medium   


PIRATES N' RUM - NO MELODY - (by Kevin M. Baumgard)  Year: 2011
Kevin M. Baumgard Foot stomping, raucous, rum drenched pirate shanty. Features acoustic guitars, drums and bass. Great for drinking pirate scenes, making trouble. Would also work well in Irish pub scenes. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Variation - Folk, Pirate Songs
480315 1:40 Medium 120   


PIRATE'S LAMENT - (by Suzannah Doyle)  Year: 2008
Suzannah Doyle Music for pirates who lose their Prozac and feel wistful and sad (feeling low on the high seas. Celtic harp, Tin Whistle, hammer dulcimer, Accordion, string Bass. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
313116 2:35 Med Slow 98   


DRUNKEN SAILORS - (by Colin Willsher)  Year: 2005
Colin Willsher Drunken Sailors - Squeezebox in one hand, rum in the other - Ha-har, me hearties! This be a tipsy, short theme for piratey animations, attractions or pantomime. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
15sec - Folk, Pirate Songs
255671 0:19 Very Fast 180   


YOHO-HO PIRATE THEME! - (by James Mulvale)  Year: 2011
James Mulvale Yarr! Welcome aboard, me hearties. This little sea shanty screams FUN so would fit perfectly in any nautical setting with or without pirates - but always more fun WITH. Where's the rum gone? Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
504983 1:32 Med Slow 85   


SAILORS AND PIRATES - (by Ben Harris)  Year: 2005
Ben Harris A Guitar, Tambourine, and Flute playing an old melody (public domain) on a pirate or sailing ship. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Bed - Folk, Pirate Songs
372766 0:40 Medium 108   


PIRATES N' RUM - (by Kevin M. Baumgard)  Year: 2011
Kevin M. Baumgard Foot stomping, raucous, rum drenched pirate shanty. Features acoustic guitars, drums, bass, accordion and fiddle. Great for drinking pirate scenes, making trouble. Would also work well in Irish pub scenes. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
480314 1:40 Medium 120   
30sec - Action, Theme Pirates
475361 0:35 Medium 119   
Variation - Action, Theme Pirates
475211 1:40 Medium 120   


ROW ROW ROW THE BOAT - (by Colin Willsher)  Year: 2007
Colin Willsher Row Row Row The Boat - Another early learning song for children. 5 verses peformed in a piratey, sea shanty style with accompanying sound effects and ending with a big splash as we all fall overboard! Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
252195 1:16 Medium 112   


LITTLE FISH (VARIATION 1) - (by Annie McGee)  Year: 2009
Annie McGee traditional childrens sea shanty waltz time accordian, Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
342753 1:44 Med Slow   


PIRATE'S LAMENT - (by David Phillips)  Year: 2015
David Phillips This low-key, wistful track featuring tin whistle, harp and strings, would work well with any kind of pirate adventure, children's production, action adventure tales, nature/ travel videos or cartoons. Ideal for historical dramas/ documentaries and fantasy settings. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
767483 1:41 Med Slow 102   


PIRATES RISING LOUD - (by Abeats)  Year: 2014
Abeats The pirates are happy, chanting and dancing cause they found their gold, they killed their enemies, they destroyed the british navy, the captain died. It is a hughe scene with a hell of pirates. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs  
701203 1:08 Med Fast 135   


IRISH ROVER - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main This traditional Irish Tune is a ship song. And yes, gloriously, it sinks! Not only does it sink, it takes the crew and their mangy, flea-bitten, poop-machine of a dog with them. Boy we miss that dog . . . Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260849 3:24 Medium 126   


ALL FOR ME GROG - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2003
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Spirited pirate jaunty celebrating the good times, mixed vocals and folk instruments, perfect drinking song, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
258509 2:55 Medium 129   


IN OLDEN DAYS - (by E.D. Kennaway)  Year: 1994
E.D. Kennaway A lighthearted, lilting theme, for small ensemble, suggesting costume drama, pirates, Elizabethan times, history or ancient folk music. Rollicking kids adventure tale, frolicking in the park, picking flowers, flying kites, a play date for your adorable kid. Joyful happy music, Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Bed - Folk, Pirate Songs
268921 0:48 Medium 107   


IRISH LOVE - (by Mark S. Crocker)  Year: 2012
Mark S. Crocker Perfect Gaelic style track for flyovers of Irish landmarks & vistas; scenes with Medieval Knights, regality, & pirates; theme music for TV drama; Travel channel flyovers; nature films and docs; spa & easy listening music; Beautiful lead in soundtrack for a film taking place in Ireland or Scotland, Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs  
608425 2:25 Medium 109   


A CAPITOL SHIP - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1910
Bounding Main It’s a ship song. But sadly, the ship does not sink. The song does however contain mysterious lyrics that sound like, “on the Gulliby Isles where the pooh-poo smiles and the anagazanders roar.” Spend some time figuring that one out. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260848 2:27 Slow 76   


THE COLLEGE HORNPIPE - (by A-P-M Productions)  Year: 2015
A-P-M Productions This famous hornpipe tune was originally written in the 18th century. The accompanying dance imitates the life of a sailor and their duties aboard ship. It has been used regularly in cartoons and comedy films. This arrangement starts with a solo recorder, and gradually builds in speed and intensity. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
737170 2:21 Medium 116   


FIDDLER'S GREEN - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1968
Bounding Main A soulful, end of the voyage, end of days song written by John Conolly. Dean sings to the concertina accompaniment of our friend David HB Drake. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260577 2:49 Med Slow 101   


CAPTAIN KIDD - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2003
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Rousing bouncy pirate tale of a pirate captain with male vocal and backing chorus, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
258512 3:16 Med Slow 102   


PASS THE MUG - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2008
Bounding Main Sea shanties and Nautical Ballads, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
282363 3:03 Medium 120   


HARMONIUM - LONG WALK ALONG THE PIER - GAS MIX - (by Blazznet Productions)  Year: 1997
Blazznet Productions A traditional Harmonium player plays a traditional shanty song. The images of a seafront pier a rainy day out at the english seaside with seagulls flying and candy floss on sale. The end is held long on purpose to allow you to edit it for your own fade out requirements. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track (long spinning mix) - Folk, Pirate Songs  
375851 1:59 Fast 150   
Bed (short mix) - European, England
375848 0:37 Med Fast 130   


PUMP SHANTY - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1985
Bounding Main Filled with double-entendres the song is fun on all levels, and the rhythm gives you a feeling for the nature of the work aboard a tall ship. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260576 2:36 Medium 106   


THE MERMAID - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1870
Bounding Main This is another favorite around the Renaissance Faire crowd. It has an audience participation piece in the chorus for "Ocean Waves Do Roll" and "Stormy Winds Do Blow." Let the Bounding Mainiacs, our stalwart fans, show you how! Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260583 4:28 Med Fast 133   


HERZOGIN CECILE - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1985
Bounding Main This is a ship song. The ship sinks. We love it when that happens! We had a hard time keeping to the traditional sea-faring style of music that this piece deserves. Christie’s lyrical storytelling about the ship makes us all want to snap our fingers, turn the lights down low, and do a little jazz. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260844 2:44 Very Slow 51   


FRIGGIN' IN THE RIGGIN' - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2006
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Fast rousing and raunchy pirate shanty, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
259122 2:12 Med Slow 93   


SPANISH LADIES - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2006
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Melancholy pirate sea shanty with folk instruments and male vocals, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
259118 3:36 Medium 112   


CAPE COD GIRLS - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main A capstan or pump shanty, also known to us as a “shanty-shanty”. This one tells you all you would ever need to know about the girls, kids, cats, and shoes that inhabit Cape Cod. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260851 3:18 Medium 128   


BLOW THE WIND SOUTHERLY - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1850
Bounding Main This is an amazingly sweet tune that our girls have down to a science of harmony. Maggie's heartfelt performance speaks for the wives of the men who work at sea. Gina and Christie's beautiful accompaniment makes this song a treasure. It is not to be missed. Female Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260582 1:56 Med Fast 135   


COME ABOARD - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2003
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen A hearty pirate waltz perfect for hard drinking after a long day of plundering and pillaging. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
258508 4:10 Medium 123   


SAILOR'S PRAYER - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1978
Bounding Main This is a ballad of strength and unity with a marvelous chorus. We really enjoyed this arrangement and we hope you do, too! Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260579 3:02 Med Slow 81   


PIRATE ISLAND - (by TJ Kross)  Year: 2011
TJ Kross A pirate tavern at port as the pirates sit down and have a drink and talk of their times on the high seas. A folksy tavern feel, with tin whistle, bass, a few woodwinds and drums. It has a nice good day shanty feel to it. Instrumental, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
473020 1:15 Medium 120   


ALL FOR ME GROG - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main A drinkin’ song and a church song. Well ok, it’s only a church song at the end but we do what we can. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260853 3:19 Med Fast 139   


MERMAID - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2006
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Traditional pirate sea shanty with folk instruments and mixed vocals. Mid-tempo, pleasant and rousing. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
259116 3:35 Medium 126   


HIGH BARBAREE - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main Rollicking sea battle between a frigate and a pirate ship - includes excellent vocal harmonies with battle and sea sounds, A Capella, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260841 3:06 Medium 118   


HAUL AWAY JOE - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main A tack and sheet shanty. That’s right, a tack and sheet shanty. Say that fast a few times (Bounding Main is not responsible for the filth that may pour from your lips while saying “a tack and sheet shanty”). A Capella, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260842 1:59 Medium 111   


ROW ME HEARTIES - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2003
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Mid-tempo sea shanty, with rousing pirate vocals, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
258510 2:11 Med Slow 90   


OLD MAUI - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main Another manly tune sung by David Yondorf. His amazing voice propels you along on this journey between icy north waters and the bliss of the tropics. Jon's arrangements for the accompaniment are very beautiful. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260580 2:52 Slow 79   


MINGULAY BOAT SONG - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 1938
Bounding Main A powerfully emotional sea song. Husbands and wives calling to each other over the waves, the men coming home. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260575 3:27 Medium 107   


NELSON'S BLOOD - (by Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen)  Year: 2006
Alaskan Pirate And His Salty Seamen Slow edgy wicked pirate shanty with folk instruments and mixed vocals, starts slow and dark then speeds up to fast and lively intensity, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
259127 3:03 Mixed   


RANDY DANDY O - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2007
Bounding Main This is a capstan shanty. You can really hear the crew working and complaining on this song. Dean leads us kicking and screaming into this one but it all works out in the end. Mostly. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
260854 3:14 Med Fast 145   


OCEAN LINER - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2008
Bounding Main Sea shanties and Nautical Ballads, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
282360 3:24 Med Slow 87   


OLD DUN COW - (by Bounding Main)  Year: 2008
Bounding Main Sea shanties and Nautical Ballads, Mixed Vocals, Folk, Pirate Songs
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Folk, Pirate Songs
282356 2:37 Medium 111   

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