Gary Palmer: Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals

Gary Palmer (aka "the Captain") plays guitar, mandolin, and sings. As a youngster he studied accordion and trombone, but didn't find his musical niche until he bought an
electric guitar and joined a garage band as a teenager. Gary began by experimenting
with many different playing styles, ranging from Jimi Hendrix to John Denver.
But it was in high school that he first heard the siren song of the sea and was
accepted as a cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. His first real exposure to
traditional music was listening to sea chanteys while climbing the rigging in
America's Tall Ship, the Coast Guard Barque Eagle. Gary went on to a
distinguished Coast Guard career as an officer, commanding several Coast Guard
cutters and serving in a variety of assignments from Florida to Alaska. He
rescued mariners in distress, busted drug smugglers in the Caribbean Sea, and
stopped fish poachers in the North Atlantic. He also served ashore as a judge
advocate and military judge, and in the White House as a liaison to the Office
on National Drug Control Policy. He retired in 2004 after 30 years on active

Throughout his successful Coast Guard career, his interest in traditional music
(especially songs about life at sea) continued to grow. Will O'Hare introduced
Gary to Celtic music, and after that he was he was hooked. He studied with
accomplished Celtic guitarist Paul Oorts, and is especially influenced by the
playing styles of guitarists John Doyle, Donnogh Hennessey, and Artie McGlynn.
In addition to Full Gael, Gary has made several recordings of Celtic music with
long-time Connecticut fiddler Bob Thurston. Gary is always on the lookout for
new material relating to sailors and life at sea, and can spin a fine yarn
telling the occasional sea story during performances

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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