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Looking for a unique brand of entertainment that will make people get up and clap, shout, dance, and sing with a gusto they've forgotten they possess? Then, matey, have we got the show for you... The Bilge Pumps!

The Bilge Pumps are a pirate music group based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area who specialize in performances that combine nautical songs, sea shanties, and Celtic music with a huge (and we mean huge!) dose of silly comedy. The group performs larger than life in their authentic-feeling pirate-themed costumes and their variety of instruments backing up their bellowing voices.

These pirates have been in demand all over the country for their entertainingly goofy stage antics, their well blended voices, and their musical skill as they take everyone's favorite nautical and Celtic music and put their own particular spin on each one. Their show is crafted to pull each audience member in, encourage them to play along with their high-energy shenanigans, and have them leave with a smile on their face and a story to tell their friends.

To have a full promotional/press kit sent to you, contact:

      Craig Lutke
      Ibidis Mortem Productions
      2217 Florida Ct.
      Grand Prairie, TX 75050-1700

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The Night Pat Murphy Died - official music video from our album "Bail Money". Performing "The Isle of Tortuga" at the Pirates on the Prairie VI Concert in 2017. Performing "Paddy Lay Back" at the OU Medieval Fair in 2016.

Johnny Jump Up (from The Idiodyssey) Pirating the Seas (from Brigands with Big'uns)
Seven Bridges Road (from Bail Money) The Night Pat Murphy Died (from Bail Money)
Drunken Sailor (from Greatest Hits Vol. VIII) Ghosts of Heroes (from Bail Money)

October 4, 2017
The Bilge Pumps are featured by Dallas Voyages Magazine.
February 10, 2017
Dallas Morning News does a great write-up about Pirates on the Prairie VI.
February 02, 2017
The Around Town segment on KRLD Radio features Pirates on the Prairie VI.
June, 2015
The Scene Magazine checked out our show at Railean Rum in Summer 2015.
February 22, 2015
Mutiny Magazine does a spread about the Bilge Pumps in its twelfth issue.
October 07, 2014
Pirate Nation Magazine does an article featuring the Bilge Pumps.
June 28, 2013
The Oklahoman does an article over the Changing Winds Benefit Concert.
July 13, 2012
The Island Guide does a write up about a whole day of piracy in Galveston.
January 27, 2012
Pirates on the Prairie II is the Best Bet for the Dallas Morning News weekend.
March 24, 2010
We are mentioned in an article about the Medieval Fair from the OK Gazette.
April 16, 2009
The Bilge Pumps are mentioned in this article from the Houston Chronicle.
August, 2008
Small article about the Bilge Pumps from Boating World magazine.
November 25, 2007
Article about us in the Dickens edition of the Galveston Daily News.
September 17, 2007
Interesting Dallas Observer article about things to see for the weekend.
December, 2006
This Elissa Log contains a nice article about the Bilge Pumps.
July 7, 2006
Small write-up about the Movie Party from the Star-Telegram Life & Arts section.
April 1, 2006
Harvey is featured in this article about the Medieval Fair in the Oklahoman.
May 6, 2005
Arkansas Morning News article about us and the OK Ren Faire.
April 2, 2005
An nice article about the Bilge Pumps from the Oklahoman.
August, 2002
Dallas Morning News piece about performers and the closing of Hawkwood.
September 21, 2001
The Argyle American said nice things about us in a Hawkwood piece.
October 20, 2017
Press release for the Pirates on the Prairie VII Concert.
December 2, 2015
Press release for the Pirates on the Prairie VI Concert.
August 25, 2014
Press release for the "Bail Money" album.

"To anyone considering hiring the Bilge Pumps... I'm so sorry.... no just kidding. The Bilge Pumps have been performing at the Medieval Fair for more than a decade (yet they never seem to age?). They have consistently been one of our more popular acts. So much that we put them at the back of the grounds along with the chess match to help pull patrons to that previously underdeveloped area.
In addition to putting on a great show, they are professional and dedicated to making the fair the best it can be for the patrons and participants alike. (Important note to directors: they "play well with others" at their stage and have always been flexible and willing to help when and where needed! Ssshhhhh, don't tell them I tattled on their chivalrousness.)
You couldn't ask for a funnier, more entertaining batch of swarthy pirates to liven up a show."
- Ann Marie Eckart, Coordinator, Medieval Fair of Norman
"Not only were their performances spectacularly fun and interactive, their professionalism and friendliness are second to none! I watched these true entertainers perform in a torrential rain storm because they had an audience! Now that is what I call dedication! I couldn't have been happier in my selection for the headliner of the festival."
- Lori Teach, Entertainment Chair - Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival
"These guys really set the Festival's tone! Their energy and undeniable spirit spread throughout the ship. Feedback from the crowds was incredibly positive and consistent all day. Every time they performed, they received not only rapt attention from those on board, but the folks walking the Embarcadero stopped in their tracks!"
- Chuck Bernstein, Entertainment Coordinator - San Diego Sea Chantey Festival
"We wanted unique entertainment for our dinner cruise in San Diego and that's just what we got. We were 'taken over' by pirates! The Bilge Pumps are a friendly, entertaining group, flexible to work with, and they clearly enjoy what they do. If you are looking for different entertainment for your event, you have found it. Thank you Bilge Pumps!"
- Kerrie Phelan, Sales & Event Planner - Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada
"One helluva fun show!"
- James Echols, Founder - UnCommonCon
"The Bilge Pumps always give an outstanding performance at Dickens on The Strand. They entertain young and old and in-between. Everyone who sees their show comes away with a big smile. They are one of the favorite acts here and everyone wants to know if they'll be coming back again each year. Even though I am very busy during the weekend, I always stop by and see at least one of their shows and always have a great time watching them perform and interact with the audience."
- Peggy Clark - Event Coordinator - Dickens on The Strand
"Although I may deny this in public: the Bilge Pumps are truly first class, top notch and captivating entertainment. I have never seen a more flexible dedicated or entertaining musical act. If you're not inspired to clap or sing along with the Bilge Pumps, CHECK YOUR HEARING or YOUR PULSE!"
- Alvon Brumfield, Entertainment Director and Producer - Louisiana Renaissance Festival
"These guys are lots of fun and real professionals to boot. We had bad weather and some last-minute schedule changes at our festival this year. The Bilge Pumps just wanted to know when and where they were needed and rearranged to suit our needs at the last minute. They had a great time and drew in their audience with their infectious, swashbuckling songs and antics."
- Tina Brady, Music Fest Market Coordinator - The Seabrook Music Festival
"These ship rats aren't afraid of a little travel time, heat, or stormy weather. They perform under the best and worst of conditions. They are some of the finest performers ever to pillage a village. The kids are still singing sea ditties six months later."
- Robin Hood, Organizer - Tablerock Fantasy Faire
"The Bilge Pumps are an asset to any stage and any age."
- Karen S. Cunningham, Coordinator - Oklahoma Renaissance Faire
"The Bilge Pumps are an outstanding troupe of fantastic entertainers who consistently drew patrons and other performers to their show. They were willing to adapt to the stage and the rainy conditions. These guys are professionals in ability and in attitude."
- David Timmons, Director - King Arthur Faire

Festivals & Faires Pubs, Parties, & Concert Halls Corporate Events
Medieval Fair of Norman 2000-2017
Mardi Gras Galveston 2000-2007, 2011-2017
Dickens on the Strand 2000, 2005-2016
The Texas Renaissance Festival 2006-2009, 2015-2016
The Louisiana Renaissance Festival 2000-2016
Scarborough Renaissance Festival 2009, 2011, 2013
The San Diego Sea Shanty Festival 2002, 2014, 2017
Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival 2011
Oklahoma Renaissance Faire 2000-2006
The Texarkana Renaissance Faire 2015-2017
Texas Pirate Festival 2010-2017
Earth Day Dallas 2011-2012
Blackbeard's Pirate Festival 2002
Pirate Days of Texas 2010-2011
Surfside Beach Pirate Festival 2009
Granbury Pirate Invasion 2010
Buccaneer Days 2009
The Seabrook Music Festival 2000-2001
The Hawkwood Medieval Fantasy Faire 2000-2001
The Lawton Renaissance Festival 2006-2008
Scarlet's Renaissance Festival 2005-2008
Newcastle Shakespeare Festival 2001
The King Arthur Faire 2000
Shakespeare in the Park 2000
The Tablerock Fantasy Faire 2003-2004
Mardi Gras New Orleans 2005
Uptown Theater (Grand Prairie) 2012-2017
Railean Rum Distillery (San Leon) 2015-2017
Stuttgarden Tavern (Galveston) 2017
The Vanguard (Tulsa) 2015
Ritz Theater (Shawnee, OK) 2013
Chandlers Landing Marina (Rockwall) 2005-2011
Bahama Beach Club (Garland) 2010-2011
The Tipperary Inn (Dallas) 2000-2008
The Pig & Whistle Pub (Ft. Worth) 2000-2002
O'Flaherty's Irish Pub (New Orleans) 2004-2005
Alamo Drafthouse (Dallas) 2017
Studio Movie Grill (Arlington) 2011
Movie Tavern (Bedford) 2006-2007
Lochrann's Irish Pub (Frisco) 2008
O'Malleys Pub (Weston, MO) 2006
Griff's Irish Pub (Houston) 2002, 2006
The Black Dog Tavern (Ft. Worth) 2003
First Tee Pub (Houston) 2006
The Celtic Quill (Dallas) 2000
Queen Mariah Riverboat (Lake Worth) 2002
Bennigan's (Dallas) 2001
Groggy Dog Marina Pub (Granbury) 2006
Grand Prairie Airhogs (Grand Prairie) 2012-2014
The Pirate's Cove (Long Beach) 2004,2014,2017
Changing Winds Benefit Concert (Norman) 2013
Swashbuckler's Soiree (Galveston) 2011-2012
Harley Davidson Cruise (San Diego) 2004
Dalworth Rec Center (Grand Prairie) 2017
TMCA Spring Fling (Port Arthur) 2015-2016
Medieval Wine Faire (Jefferson) 2012
SBC Corporate Party (San Francisco) 2004
SBC Corporate Party (Long Beach) 2004
Pirates! Museum (Galveston) 2012
Toys for Tots Benefit (Arlington) 2013
Excel Pirate Party (Dallas) 2002
AT&T Promotional Party (Dallas) 2002
Pirate Days Kick-Off (The Colony) 2007
Store Opening (Gainesville) 2006
Mermaid Party (Arlington) 2006
Mystic Oaks Pirate Party (Los Angeles) 2004
Missouri Southern Alumni Party (Joplin) 2004
The R.E.L.E.A.F. Celtic Festival Benefit 2003

For booking information contact Craig Lutke at:
214-415-9563 or by e-mail at

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