Every year on Sept. 19, landlubbers across the globe celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day. But did you know Michigan has a connection to the holiday?
Originally started as a joke in 1995 by John Baur and Mark Summers of Albany, Oregon - aka “Cap’n Slappy” and “Ol’ Chumbucket” - the holiday has grown every year. And in 2003, a Michigan musician cemented his place in the lore of the holiday.
Tom Smith, a filk musician from Ann Arbor, wrote the original song for the holiday that year. Smith, “The World’s Fastest Filker,” is a fourteen-time winner of the Pegasus Award for excellence in filking, which is a type of folk music.
Listen below to Smith’s song. It’s a classic! And don’t forget to talk like a pirate, or it’s Davy Jones’s locker for ya!