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janie meneely & paul diblasiCalico Jack: Janie Meneely & Paul DiBlasi

Calico Jack is the blend of old and new and that led Meneely to choose the name Calico Jack for the group.

“Pirates are big right now,” she says, “and we occasionally do costumed work in schools and at festivals. Calico Jack Rackham was a pirate who, according to some, came into the Bay back in the 1700s, so we can stay pretty close to the Bay theme yet still offer bluewater traditions like chanteys or forebitters.” Rackham was ultimately captured and hanged in the Caribbean, and his two lady friends, Anne Bonny and Mary Reid, are among the most celebrated of the lady pirates.

It’s no accident that Meneely’s stage name is Calico Jenny, or that one of her newest songs speculates on what ultimately became of the flamboyant Ms. Bonny: “They say she stole Black Caesar’s rig. . . .”

“Fiddlist” Chelle Fulk joins Janie and Paul as her schedule allows. Classically trained, Fulk is as comfortable in a string quartet as she is in an Irish dance band. Her fiddle breaks add a dash of Celtic spice to Calico Jack arrangements (listen for the occasional fiddle tune to “leak” unexpectedly into the mix). Fulk is CEO of the Washington-based consortium “Music by Anthem,” which provides live music for any occasion throughout the Mid-Atlantic area.

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