Cornish pirate folk punk

‘’Quitting our jobs to start a pirate band and live our dreams is worth it every day –  if you haven’t already tried this, we thoroughly recommend’’
– JollyRoger –

Cornish sea-punk folk band JollyRoger fall somewhere between the sound of The Dropkick Murphys and Levellers. Inspired by the sea and growing up in the pirate haven of Penzance, they use nautical metaphors and pirate history to speak out about mental health issues and also the better things in life, like drinking beer. JollyRoger explodes with energy on stage and are an eclectic mix of shanty vibes, humour, and Celtic punk, with a metal head mentality.

Equipt with zero previous experience in the music industry, JollyRoger sailed cluelessly into the southwest music scene in 2019 with a do-or-die attitude and a mission to one day shout ‘scream for me Download’ to a bunch of metalheads and they are prepared to do what it takes. So this underdog band decided to work their cannonballs off and learn the ropes as they went. Their Lady of the Sea, Samantha Hannah, embarked on an MA in Music Business and is currently managing the band.

Inspired by bands such as Tenacious D, Royal Republic, The BossHoss, and Russkaja; JollyRoger aim to fly the flag of diversity and misfits, that fit on most festival lineups. So far they have played over 300 gigs including storming sets at Boardmasters Festival, Balter Festival, Cornwall Pride, supporting The Rumjacks, Fishermans Friends, Subhumans, Mad Dog Mcrea, and selling out shows at grassroots venues.

The pirates have a loyal fanbase of over 7K routing for them across their social media, 30K streams on their song ‘There’s a Hole in me Glass’ on Spotify, played live on local BBC Radios & recently ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund their band van. Their latest EP ‘Ship or Bust’ is out now on Bandcamp and all major streaming platforms and JollyRoger are currently / always on tour.

Check their Facebook page for gig info.

If JollyRoger had to pick a drink it would be BEER & RUM & UMM &….. RUM. Their tallest member is 6’7″. Oh, and their favourite band is Tenacious D.


Vocals, Mandolin, Guitar


Vocals, Guitar


Vocals, Acoustic Bass Guitar


Flute, Drums Shouts