•    Loch Ness Monster – Heavy Metal Version   

    Many people associate us with folk music, and rightfully so. But not many know that the Flying Fish Sailors have recorded and released a heavy metal song. At the end of the Loch Ness Monster CD is a bonus track. A heavy metal version of the title track.

  •    FFS LIVE @ Houston Via Colori   


    We’re doing a 1 hour set on Nov. 21st @ 1:30 pm at this years Via Colori Festival.

    It’s a GREAT event and it’s FREE! Come out and enjoy the music and the art. It’s a family friendly event and it’s for a good cause.

  •    2009 Houston Press Music Awards   


    Thanks to everyone who voted and helped the Fish take home the 2009 HPMA award for Best Folk Band! We appreciate your ongoing support!

  •    Live @ Discovery Green   


    The Flying Fish Sailors will be performaing Thursday Oct 22, 2009 at Discovery Green in Houston, TX.

    Showtime is 6:30 pm and admission is FREE!

  •    2009 Houston Press Music Awards – Voting Begins!   


    Voting for the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards has begun! Please take a moment to go and vote! Flying Fish Sailors for Best Folk!


    We’d also like to suggest some of our friends in various other categories:

    The Snake Charmers for Best Blues
    Blaggards for Best (Irish) Rock
    Drop Trio for Best Jazz
    Tontons for Best Indie Rock
    Beetle Best cover Band (has Greg Henkels brother in it!)
    Sideshow Tramps Best Roots-Rock/Americana


  •    Live In Katy TX – May 30th   

    Free show at The Angel and The Ox Irish Pub in Katy, TX on May 30th.
    Show is from 9-Midnight and there’s no cover charge.

    Come join us as we dust off the classics!

    Villagio Town Center
    22758 Westheimer Pkwy, Suite 270
    Katy, TX 77450

  •    The Flu Pandemic   


    Many, many years Greg Henkel wrote a song about the 1918 Flu Pandemic that killed over 20 million people worldwide.

    The Flu Pandemic song became one of our most popular performance pieces. Despite the grim subject matter, the song is often referred to as “a happy little ditty about death” and brings smiles and laughter to those who hear it.

    The current swine flu outbreak has generated a lot of interest in the song and is driving a lot of traffic to the band web site.

    The song is available on our Loch Ness Monster CD which is available @ amazon.com or from us directly.

    Interestingly enough, there is a live version of the song that was recorded at Rockefeller’s during Son Of Blarneyfest in 1996 that I almost forgot existed. It predates the Loch Ness Monster studio recording by several years.

    You can listen to it here

    Or the studio version here

    And there’s the version with the fan made video that’s quite entertaining

    The Flu Pandemic

    Copyright 1999 Topmast Productions and the Flying Fish Sailors

    Chorus: It was the Flu pandemic
    And it swept the whole world wide
    It caught soldiers and civilians
    And they died, died, died!
    Whether they’re lying in the trenches
    Or lying in their beds
    Twenty million of them got it
    And they’re dead, dead, dead!

    There was a soldier on the battleground in 1917
    He turned there to his buddy with his face a ghastly green
    He said “We made it both through Passchendaele, the Somme, and Flanders too
    But now my number’s up my lad for I’ve gone and caught the flu”


    Well a nurse was in the hospital when Tommy was brought in
    When he sneezed she caught a face full that was flying in the wind
    She wrote a letter home to England to tell them of her plight
    But the letter never got there ’cause the postman too had died


    From the meadow-lands of Somerset and o’er the bounding main
    To the shores of old Americay they sung the same refrain
    Mothers, fathers, uncles and aunts as well as the odd nephew
    Brothers and sisters and bosses and lovers were all got by the flu


    Well a farmer out in China watched his family dropping down
    And a businessman in Cairo hit the street without a sound
    And an eager little Bolshevik in old Sevastopol couldn’t keep up his grinnin’ at Lenin as Comrade Virus took its toll

  •    2009 Houston Press Music Award Nominations   


    It’s nomination time for the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards. Please take a moment to fill out the online nomination form and nominate The Flying Fish Sailors for the “Best Folk” category


    You don’t have to nominate someone for each category. Just fill in the ones you know.


  •    Houston International Festival – 2009   

    The Flying Fish Sailors performed at the Houston International Festival this past weekend. The weather held and we were not washed away in a deluge like the performers on the previous Saturday. Thanks to Elaine Mesker-Garcia (aka @cybertoad) of Fresh Photography for these wonderful shots:

    We have the rest of Elaine’s shots in the Flying Fish Sailors Photo Gallery.

    And thanks to Sandy Grimm for this exceptionally linear photograph of the entire band!

  •    Fish @ IFest   

    Just a reminder that The Flying Fish Sailors will be playing two shows @ The Houston International Festival on Saturday April 25th. 12:30 at the Chron.com stage and 6:30 at the Center Stage!