In March 2018 I wrote a song for a Pirate song competition. Ultimately I didn’t enter the competition because I was in the studio recording my debut album “A Different Kind Of Normal”, but I decided to start performing the song anyway. Since then I’ve sung “Max the Pirate Cat” at almost every gig I’ve played… sometimes more than once!
In August 2019 I created a video to accompany the song (if you haven’t already seen it you can watch below). People started asking me if there would be a book of Max’s story. I immediately loved the idea and wanted to make it a reality, but gigs, festivals and my second solo album had to take priority.
Then lockdown happened…
During Autumn 2020 I ran an indiegogo campaign to get Max’s tale (or should that be tail?) into print. Not knowing how popular a book was likely to be, I calculated the bare minimum I would need to produce the smallest possible number of books. You wonderful people promptly reached that target and smashed it in the first 24 hours! Even more amazingly, all the Gold “Captain” level perks sold out in the first twelve hours! This meant I ended up drawing NINETEEN new pirate characters, ranging in age from 3 to…older adult. Oh, and Hobnob, Daughter Of Biscuit made a cameo appearance as Max’s Mum!
“Max the Pirate Cat – The Book” was released in December as a limited edition hardback book; complete with CD single and with additional pictures not in the original video. Less than a week after release, it was sold out and I had a waiting list!
Later in 2021 I plan to produce a paperback version of Max for those of you who missed out on the original book. In the meantime, you can buy the download of the song from my bandcamp page here.
That’s not all though! Max isn’t the only one with his own song. Look out for his sister, the smuggler’s cat, who features in “When Lily Comes To Town” and his Mum, who is looking forward to the day his ship returns in “Homecoming”; both of which will (eventually) be released as videos.