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Robert Palomo

Robert Palomo is an American-born "ex-pot- smoking ex-hippie musician", with a weakness for salty sea songs and the humble banjo. He's been hanging out in Russia’s northern latitudes for over 20 years now - and he's doing just fine, thanks! So how did a child of Cold War era USA end up in Russia of all places?

"The answer to that needs a book, not a bio," he says. "It's a real-life soap-opera about meeting an exotic lady from Saint-Petersburg, falling in love at a time when such a thing was totally impossible, and sailing away to far-off lands. I suppose one of these days I really should write down the whole tale."

He hasn't gotten around to the book yet, as he's busy writing, recording and playing his own brand of original maritime and nautical folk music, from the stormy Baltic shores of northwest Russia. "I was totally focused on recording other kinds of songs that I've written and squirreled away over the years. Then in 2014 I was invited to play with the shanty choir of the Russian tallship MIR, and remember the old sea songs I was familiar with but had never tried to play. I discovered how much fun that kind of music is and I kind of changed course and tacked hard to port, so to speak."

Although his original maritime folk songs may strike you as traditional-sounding at first, listening closer reveals bits and pieces that are strictly 21st century. For example, his capstan shanty Noah Could Not Navigate fires a couple of shots across the bow of creationism and climate change denial, and he claims that his two original pirate songs to date were directly inspired by the politics and politicians of his native USA, of which he is wont to say, "I'm getting to a point in life where I can be acerbic and crusty about things and get away with it. And it doesn't hurt to be dressed up in sailor suit!"

There's no Cold War - only cold vodka, sultry wenches, and salty acoustic music when Robert plays at your favorite watering hole!