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Theo Dussek, Pirate Troubadour, grew up in the land-locked county of Hertfordshire. Pirate by way of fashion and lyrical expression, both are highly influenced by the romance of the sea-faring character.

Theo has been establishing himself on the folk scene in London and the south of England for the last 3 years. Mixing the traditional elements of singalong folk songs with modern indie-folk, he seeks to merge deep, reflective stories with rhythmic, uplifting music with which to serenade his audience.

Theo wrote his new album ‘Written in the River’ as a way to express his joy and healing found in pure love hoping that as a trans artist he can bring the transgender experience into folklore, cataloguing a new voice into the canon of folk music.

He self-released his first album ‘Shoreline and Sand Prints’ under the stage-name ‘Jack of Hearts’ in December 2021. He self-released his second studio album ‘Written in the River’ on 5th April 2024 on CD and all digital music streaming platforms.

Theo has performed in venues and festivals across the country from London, Portsmouth, Southampton and Edinburgh to Cambridge Folk Festival, Unearthed Festival in Pembrokeshire and Queer Spirit Festival in Devon. He has also played at Portsmouth, Eastleigh and Shrewsbury Pride events.

Music Influences

Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Nick Drake, Cat Stevens, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kate Rusby, Donovan, Bellowhead, Joan Armatrading, The Decemberists, Gaelic Storm, Bob Dylan, George Ezra.