The Dread Crew of Oddwood / Bio

The Dread Crew of Oddwood is a pirate themed band that blends Heavy Metal, Celtic Folk, and Progressive Rock with a unique acoustic instrumentation to proclaim a new genre: Heavy Mahogany. Embarking from San Diego in 2008, this bloodthirsty horde has accumulated a commendable cult following in the musical underground of Southern California, and is rapidly gaining infamy throughout the far corners of the world.

Captain Wolfbeard O'Brady: Accordion, Whistles, Vocals
Quartermaster Stark Cordwain: Irish Bouzouki, Tin Whistle, Vocals
First Mate Riven Rahl: Toy Piano, Vocals
Bosun Deckard Cordwain: Ukulele, Mandolin, Vocals
Carpenter Ruba Jouba: Mandolin, Steel String Guitar, Vocals
Navigator Smithy Crow: Upright Bass, Vocals
Gunmaster Castle: Drums, Percussion, Vocals

Oddwood set the stage for world conquest with the release of their albums Reign the Helm in 2009 and Rocktopus in 2010. The tracks "Cities Burning" and "Kraken Skulls" hinted at the sinister influence of heavy metal on the band's sound, while “Bottoms up,” “Leviathan," and "The Frenchman's Daughter" show off a more melodic side of the band's writing. Boozing, wenching, conquering, killing, and epic storytelling are commonplace in The Dread Crew's lyrics, and their sense of humor and theatrical brilliance surface in their blood-drenched, critically acclaimed music video for "Queen's Decree."

These albums’ tales of comrades lost, bloody sieges, and drunken debauchery caught on so quickly that the demand for more manly and archaic music came to a head. So, In 2012, The Dread Crew of Oddwood forged their genre defining album Heavy Mahogany. Funded by the band's rabid fans, this award-nominated masterpiece brandishes the true voice of their genre. From the first note of "Meat, Bread, and Wine" to the last note of "Seafarer's Medley," Heavy Mahogany will take you on an unforgettable journey through time, space, and the seven seas. Captain William Kidd's execution speech comes to life in "When I Sail'd," and just when you think the fun is over, the crew sings songs of subjects as diverse as airships, zombies, demons, alcohol, and George Washington. Heavy Mahogany is the standard by which all pirate music shall be judged!

Among the The Dread Crew of Oddwood’s myriad exploits are performances at The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire, The Bristol Renaissance Faire, and the Los Angeles County Fair, all which have an attendance of over 200,000 patrons. Recently, the band has been featured at The City National Grove of Anaheim and 4th and B, supporting acts like Rhapsody of Fire and Stolen Babies. Whether it’s festivals or street corner pubs, large theaters or Renaissance Faires, no venue is too large (or small!) for this ensemble of heroic musicians.

If you’re looking for an excellent mixture of grandiose performance and humor with a fiendishly piratical twist, The Dread Crew of Oddwood is at your service!

General Info

Band Members
Wolfbeard O'Brady, Riven Rahl, Rouba Juba, Smithy Crow, Castle, Stark Cordwain, Deckard Cordwain
Artist Name
The Dread Crew of Oddwood
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Metal / Acoustic / Folk

Contact Info

San Diego, CA

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