About Us

The Shank Painters are a pirate-themed folk music band based in Portland, Maine. The band's repertoire consists of Shanties - a variety of mostly nautical classic folk songs with catchy sing-along refrains, beloved by children and rowdy drunks alike. These works are treasures of history, preserving the travails and spirit from centuries of seafaring culture.

Formed in the Summer of 2016 between high school friends, Shank Painters began as humble street performers, and have since performed at festivals, parties, venues, and bars all over the Northeast. Bringing together voices, accordion, fiddle, banjo, guitar, and percussion, the Shank Painters bring the past alive with their mixture of playful, rollicking, heartbreaking, and hilarious songs.

Meet the Crew

"Trouble" von Bellows

Vocals, Guitar

Faire B. Rapscallion

Vocals, Banjo, Flute

Captain Nobeard

Accordion, Percussion

Zatara of the Isles