Ahoy Maties! Welcome to Below the Gaff’s official website.
If you want to hear traditional Irish folk songs, sea shanties and original pirate tunes played rustically on a fiddle and mandolin with the rich accompaniment of a guitar, upright bass along with captivating harmonies, you’ve come to the right place. Based out of Western Mass, Below the Gaff gigs regularly throughout New England. From Renaissance Faires to Irish Pubs, Below the Gaff’s piratical-themed comedy and salty sea songs inspire audiences to cast aside their seats in favor of heartfelt, invigorating dancing.
An appreciation of Celtic tunes and a love of all things pirate caused mandolin player, Whitt Smith, to found Below the Gaff. It was not long before a group of bad joke enthusiasts, who also happened to be accomplished musicians, eagerly formed a band of pirates. With Regina Diemand’s vocal skills and tin whistle supported by Josh Gajda’s guitar, Talya Goodman’s bass, Jim Rutter’s banjo/concertina/percussion, and Elly Vaughan’s fiddle, the group found quick success in performing in garb at renaissance faires and festivals, playing all over New England, from Connecticut to Vermont but did not stop there.
After releasing their first full-length album of original tunes, “Songs of Warship,” Below the Gaff has moved away from the costume gimmick to entertain with musical skill and good humor at a multitude of venues. They have had the pleasure of performing at bars and farmer’s markets all over Massachusetts as well as engaging audiences in the crowded city streets of Boston and New York.
With influences such as the Young Dubliners, Great Big Sea, Dropkick Murphys, The Pogues, and The Chieftains mixed with some classic pirate jokes, Below the Gaff is sure to amuse audiences of all ages.
Stay tuned for Below the Gaff’s Second Album, “The Cape Horn Star,” TBA 2018