Justus Conant

Personnel

     A Conway, Massachusetts native, Justus started his musical journey with a band called "The Revenge Of Monster Magnet" (Josh Bluh, Chris Mason and Steve Ellis).  Later he moved to Northampton to be surrounded with the musical and artistic culture.
     With fellow musician Pepi Leistyna, Justus spent several years in France pursuing a degree in culinary arts and honing his skills as a songwriter and performer in the subways of Paris with James Madru and John Long.
     Upon his return from France, Justus remained active in the local music scene with an interest in American alternative rock.  During his tenure on Martha's Vineyard he discovered a passion for "Seabilly Rock" while in the band Lost At C (Dave Fitzpatrick, Charlie Green, Robin Brown and Sing Sing the Drummer).
     For the last four years Justus has been involved with Mariam Massaro and Robert Sherwood at Singing Bridge Performing Arts Lodge in Cummington, MA.

Robert Sherwood

Producer/engineer/multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Robert Sherwood has been stumbling around the recording industry in various guises since the late 1980’s.  First with his neopsychedelic punk rock band The Malarians, who ruled Western Massachusetts during the heyday of the Paisley Underground, scoring college hits and releasing 2 albums and an EP on their indie label Chunk as well as with Rhino.  A move to Los Angeles in 1993 brought about the formation of his progressive space rock/R&B power trio fiction, an act that toured like dogs until scoring two national top 40 radio hits in ’99 and 2000 with their tracks “I Could Cry” and “Love Reaches Out”.  Robert has also recorded sessions for Sire, Warner Brothers, Kinetic and many more and more recently pre-produced and played drums, piano, synth and orchestral percussion for British indie artist Jont on his album “An Old Innocence”, recorded at legendary Hotel2Tango Studios in Montreal under the production of Arcade Fire’s Howard Bilerman.  A stint as roadie for Jane’s Addiction as well as extensive front-of-house work round out Robert’s impression of the recording industry as a “random fucking nuthouse”.  He is currently completing work on his recording studio “Dragonfly” in Cummington Massachusetts where Bleu Collar Pirates recorded their first album “Going Coastal” and are currently tracking the new collection “Snake Handlers and Gypsies”.

Beth Kelly

A native of Conway, Massachusetts, Beth Kelly spent her youth singing in the church and high school choirs, learning to play piano as well as participating in the marching band.  She has always enjoyed writing lyrics and poetry and learning to play instruments including piano, bagpipes, harmonica, guitar, and these days can be seen banging on her drums.  Beth has lived in many places including San Diego, California, but always returns to the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, the place she has always called home.  Beth is a blue collar worker and has pursued careers as a salon owner and operator, owning an auto repair shop and working as a lineman for the phone company.  Beth joined Bleu Collar Pirates in 2017 and continues writing, cowriting and singing harmonies with them. 

John Caban

Guitarist, producer and composer John Caban’s unique playing style has graced performances and/or recordings with such diverse artists as Art Neville, Bo Diddley, Kenny Kirkland, Alana Davis, KJ Denhert, Neycha, Gianna Nannini, Dispatch, producer Eddie Kramer, drum ‘n’ bass maverick Boomish, his own band Galvanizer and many others.  Blending roots deep in rock, blues, funk, R&B, experimental, ambient and world music, a rich tonal palette, lyrical sensitivity and a strong rhythmic feel combine to create his distinctive Jatmospheric guitar style.

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