Captain Jack's Recommended Links
(in no particular order):
Three Pints Shy - Our brothers in song @ the New York Renaissance Faire - they put their own mad spin on traditional and contemporary Irish tunes.
No Quarter Given - An excellent pirate publication and the ultimate link source for all things piratical!...
The Pyrates Royale - The 'mother' of all pirate singing groups and still the best!... They were the inspiration for The Crimson Pirates and we are privileged to call them our friends and brethren.
The Society of American Fight Directors - The national organization through which many of us received our stage-combat training. They administer skill proficiency tests (SPTs) and award basic proficiency certificates in 8 different weapon styles. I'm a Certified Teacher with this organization.
American Fencers Supply - A good source of stage-combat worthy weapons that are reasonably priced. I've bought their rapiers and smallswords
Edges2, Inc - A source for inexpensive aluminum fighting knives.
The Jolly Rogers - Another good all-male pirate singing group based at the Kansas City Renaissance Faire.
The Ring of Steel - A fight group in Michigan that is a good source of links for stage combat enthusiasts.
The Corsairs - An all-male pirate singing group from Texas, whose home port is Scarborough Faire. We met them at Pirates in Paradise 2000 and got to sing with them @ MDRF's Pirate Invasion Weekend 2001-2003, Pirates in Paradise 2001 and @ Scarborough Faire in 2003, 2004 & 2005. They 'retired' from performing in 2008 but, their merchandise is still available online at their website. We miss these guys already!
Arms & Armor - A good source for stage-combat worthy weapons - I have gotten some of my 'bashy' stuff there: shields, bucklers and polearms.
American Globe Theatre - The innovative off-off-broadway theatre company that produced The Crimson Pirates: Dead Men Tell No Tales! and The Crimson Pirates 2: Born to Plunder!... I choreographed a number of shows for them, including productions of The Three Musketeers (oobr award winner) , Hamlet (oobr award winner), As You Like It and King Lear...
Judith Shakespeare Company - An excellent off-off-broadway company...
I've worked with them since their inception in 1995. Among the productions that I've choreographed for them are Macbeth (oobr award winner), Julius Caesar, All's Well That Ends Well, The Comedy of Errors, Richard II, Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2, Henry V, Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 & 3, Richard III, Coriolanus and The Rape of the Lock.
Baltimore Knife and Sword Company - I've bought dozens of weapons
from Kerry Stagmer over the years and I swear by their quality and affordability. Kerry's broadswords are used at the New York Renaissance Faire - they're attractive, functional and the blades 'ring' when they hit each other (great for outdoor fights!)...
The New York Renaissance Faire (NYRF) - The 'home faire' of
The Crimson Pirates since 1996. Many of us have worked there a lot longer.
Swordplay - SAFD Certified Teacher Joe Travers offers a variety of classes in stage combat with his school in NYC. Skills Proficiency Tests (SPTs) are administered for those wishing to be certified by the Society of American Fight Directors in various weapon styles.
Fights4 - A training school for stage combat in NYC that offers a variety of classes leading to unarmed and various weapon certifications through SPTs administered by SAFD certified teachers / fight directors: J. David Brimmer (fight master), Michael G. Chin (fight master), Ricki G. Ravitts and Robert 'Tink' Tuftee and J. Michael Johnson.
Barbara Svachak's New York Renaissance Faire Photo Album - Barbara keeps an excellent gallery of photos from the New York Renaissance Faire (1995 through 2002) on her website. You will see many members of The Crimson Pirates in other guises...
Triplette Arms / Zen Warrior - They carry replacement blades and those great foam swords 'Wacky Wackers' for the armchair enthusiast.
Mad Dolphin - This is the personal website of Justin Thompson who created The Crimson Pirates logo 'Polly Roger'... Besides being a talented graphic artist, Mr. Thompson is a writer and an illustrator of children's books.
STAGE COMBAT NYC - RICKI FIGHTS - This is the personal site of SAFD Certified Teacher/Fight Director Ricki Ravitts. Ricki also teaches for Fights4.
Rogue Steel - Sturdy stage combat weaponry by SAFD Certified Teacher Neil Massey. I've purchases several smallswords and a dagger from him.
Badmoo.com - Games and Collectibles: The personal site for Crimson Pirates' Lionel Ruland. He sells out of a store in Denville, NJ and on Ebay: http://stores.ebay.com/BAD-MOO-Comics-and-Collectibles
Pirate Related Sites and Groups:
Sources for Stage Combat-Worthy Weapons:
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Personal Sites / Friends of the Crimson Pirates:
Preferred Arms - SAFD Certified Teacher Robb Hunter teaches and runs a weapons-rental company in the Washington, D.C. area.
The Lady Cavaliers - A NYC based, nonprofit organization that was founded to promote a stronger female image and raise awareness of historical women warriors through original works that specialize in the art of theatrical combat. Through our productions and educational workshops we aim to challenge the stereotype of the "weaker sex".
Combat, Incorporated - A NYC school run by John Ficarra, a Certified Instructor with Fight Directors Canada. SAFD CT Ray Rodriguez and CT Mike Yahn also teach classes there.
Larksong - An 'a capella' vocal ensemble that performs their
madrigal repertoire at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville.
They have become our good friends over the years.
McWhorter Records - Kirk S. McWhorter owns and runs a recording studio
in Attica, NY. We are grateful for Kirk's permission to record his song 'Bow to Stern' on our 5th CD, Come'n Be A Pirate, released in June, 2008.