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Rockin' Ron The Friendly Pirate

My Name is Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate. I am very excited about the release of my first CD "Give me an RRR!". It's 18 songs offer a wide variety of Pirate Fun meant to entertain and in some cases, educate. The project has been descibed as the crew of Monty Python and the cast of Sesame Street meeting on a pirate ship and playing an eclectic selection of chanteys that kids and adults both enjoy (see more specific song descriptions below)!

You may have heard of me if you've been in Northern Vermont. I spend most of my time at Smugglers' Notch Resort - America's Family Resort. I have sing-alongs with the itty-bitty Buckos, I host the Raingutter Regatta with me pal Silver Long Johns, and I entertain the families who come to the Friendly Pirate Dinner and the Friendly Pirate Breakfast at the Morse Mtn. Grille with songs, dances, and RRR-ful jokes.

I have also appeared elsewhere in Vermont: the Echo Center (Aquarium) in Burlington, Vermont Lake Monster baseball games, Copley Hospital in Morrisville, Bakersfield Library, Bakersfield Elementary School, Cambridge Elementary School, The Festival of the Arts in Jeffersonville, and Keeler's Bay Market on Grand Isle. I ventured across Lake Champlain to perform for Plattsburgh New York's Mayor's Cup Regatta (a little bigger than the Raingutter Reagtta). I can be found at sea, but I have been on the air - listeners to radio stations Star 92, Champ 101, and KOOL 105 have heard the Friendly Pirate.

Isn’t the name Friendly Pirate an oxymoron, like the term Jumbo Shrimp? Yes, it is an oxymoron (just don’t call me a moron, unless you want ‘MORE Ron’ – haha), but as I say in the FP Rap “I don’t have a sword and I don’t have a knife, I roll like a Pirate but I roll real nice”. Generally, pirates are defined as thieves on a body of water. There have been pirates as long as people have been sailing. The pirates we are most familiar with in Western Culture are those from the Golden Age of Piracy when the European Powers were dividing up the spoils of the New World. Listen to my song "Pirates and Privateers" to hear about some of the Golden Age Pirates. Anyway, I talk and sing like a Pirate (but no bad words), and I also dress and dance like a Pirate, but the only thing I want to steal is your heart!

Who is behind the patch above Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate’s eye? That would be me, going by the pen name RRR Carter. RRR stands for Rockin' Ronald Roy. I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin where I attended East Side High School, the Univeristy of Wisconsin, and Madison Area Technical College, and met my Very First Matey - April Tuck. I played in two Mad City bands: Notorious and the Fossils. I moved to Boston, attending and graduating from Berklee College of Music, worked at Strawberries Records, and interned for CBS Masterworks (promoting artists such as Yo Yo Ma, Andreas Vollenweider, and Phillip Glass). I moved to Philadelphia to work as a merchadiser for CBS Records (promoting Bruce Springstten, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Midnight Oil, Sade, Basia, and many others). I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to do Regional Radio promotion for Chrysalis Records (promoting artists such Jethro Tull, Billy Idol, Pat Benatar, Was (Not Was), World Party, The Waterboys, Kevin Paige, Sinead O'Connor, Slaughter, and others). I then moved to Alexandria, Virginia near Washington, DC to do Regional Radio promotion for EMI Records Group (promoting Jon Secada, Arrested Development, Jeffrey Gaines, Once Blue, The Hazies, Milla, and others). April and I finally made our way to Vermont - the only place we have moved that was not for school or a job, but to be in a place we loved. I went to work at Smugglers' Notch Resort selling lift tickets and season passes, and filling in on the Snow Report. I played music locally as part of the Groovy Dudes and Jeffersonville Airplane. Then along sailed the Friendly Pirate...