Shillelagh O'Toole Congress Cards collectionLooking for a way to write to your elected pirates... uh, representatives... that will stand out from the rest of the incoming on their slush pile? And maybe even get passed on the the Captain?

Introducing the new Shillelagh O'Toole Congress Cards collection. The first one, with a nice salty "Now Hear This" on the front, is available now, and more are in the works.

Drunken Sailor song art imageCLICK BAIT!!!! Gotcha! Haaaarrrrrr!

But really, folks, this here post does in fact musically reveals 6 of the most popular and time-tested drunken sailor solutions. And it does it with that instrument folks love to hate: "the glory-beaming banjo" (who but Mark Twain would put it like that?) That's what I do with a drunken sailor!

Merch items on ZazzleA wise man once said, "Ask and ye shall receive". A number of people asked for Shillelagh O'Toole souvenirs after the release of the single... something that never occurred to me to do. DUH!

Well, that situation is now remedied with the launch of my new Virtual Merch Table!

Song artwork image with pirate and parrotJet-lag induced nightmares that wake you at 4 a.m. Acid coursing thru your innards. Your ship of state taken over by pirates. Not the usual stuff that inspires a songwriter. But those Muses are tricky. You can never tell what they're going to do. Here's how they helped me create The Ballad of Shillelagh O'Toole.

Prof. Padraic FinagleThird and final part in the series of Prof. Padraig Finagle's revealing alternative history of Séamlus "Shilleligh" O'Toole - Ireland's cruelest and heretofore unknown pirate.

READ PART 1 | READ PART 2

Prof. Padraic FinagleLittle seemed to be known about the Irish pirate who is the hero of my new pirate song. Eventually, my research  pointed to one man: Dr. Padraig Finagle, Ass. Professor of Alternative History and Brewing at the Auxiliary Maritime Institute and Public House of Skibbereen, Ireland. Prof. Finagle has graciously allowed me to reprint his widely ignored paper, in which he reveals the history of Ireland's cruelest pirate: Seamlus "Shillelagh" O'Toole.

Here is part 2 of Prof. Finagle's amazing 3-part series revealing of the heretofore untold alternative history of Ireland's forgotten pirate, whose only weapon was a big old blackthorn shillelagh. READ PART 1

Prof. Padraic FinagleI wanted to learn something about the Irish pirate who is the hero of my new pirate song, but little seemed to be known about him. Eventually, my research all pointed to one man: Dr. Padraig Finagle, of Skibbereen, Ireland.

Prof. Finagle has graciously allowed me to reprint his widely ignored paper, in which he reveals the history of Ireland's cruelest pirate: Séamlus "Shillelagh" O'Toole. Here's Part 1 of the 3-part series.

 

   Thanks for the heads-up, Grandpap. Glad you can miss this.

Song art imageSick of places flinging Jingle Bells and Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire at your head since Halloween?

Relief is at hand!

Music fans at live showIn today's "music should be free" world, the best way to support your favorite indie musicians is, of course, to buy their album, singles, or their merch. And come to their live show if they're in your area.

But if you're cash strapped (or maybe you've already bought - kudos to you!) there still are a number of things you can do that won't cost you a cent, but can really help your favorite artists a lot.

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