Rebecca Dunne


Rebecca Dunne

the fiddlin’ pea

“My stubbornness launched my fiddling,” Rebecca Dunne explains as to how she became interested in this instrument. “My Mother insisted I have piano lessons when I was six years old. I didn’t like it so I didn’t practice. Mom agreed that I could quit after about a year. I became intrigued with the violin the following year and pleaded with my Mother for lessons. She reminded me of my failure to practice so she said no. Of course, I had to show her.” Three years ago, Rebecca started playing the mandolin which makes her a two instrument contributor to the Whirled Peas. “About three years ago my friend, Erica, told me about the group. I came, I saw and I became one,” she said. “You know, our gig at Lewes last summer sort of personifies what we as a group like – good show, great audience and a grand time with friend.” One of Rebecca’s favorite group is the Cherryholmes but “ask me what my favorite group is next week – it’s always changing.” A Northwestern University graduate with a music major (horn performance), Rebecca was awarded a Fulbright grant for study in Germany. She responds to oil spills which impact wildlife. Besides some family on the West Coast, she has her family here in Delaware: two cats. When she’s not reading or knitting, Rebecca enjoys hiking.

Fritz Horisk


Fritz Horisk

I joined the Pod somewhere around the turn of the century. I think it was the current century but those early Pea days are a bit foggy. I had been playing with Frank for quite a while. (We co-wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic in 1861.) But that’s a story for another day. Anyway, one day Frank invited me to join him and Todd for some good clean musical fun. Soon the Pod began to grow until our numbers rivaled those of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. So we had to fire about 200 members to pair it down to the current crop of Peas. I was an active Pea until February of 2006 when my wife Peggy and I moved to Staunton, Virginia. I occasionally return to Delaware for a triumphant reunion. My life is now very full here in Staunton. I still play music professionally and am the host for a weekly open mic here in town. I am also working for WSIG Radio in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Check out our website at and you can listen. It’s REAL Country…not the fake stuff. Even though I’m many miles away from the Pod, I still feel very “Pea like” (especially late at night.) Love those Peas and am proud to be one.

Jim Rockwell


“Tiger” Jim Rockwell

vocals, bones, concertina, bodhran, and a little bit of what have you….

Jim started with the Whirled Peas while Director of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation.  At the time the Peas were playing at “Up The Creek” (the last “dive” in Wilmington and a favorite haunt for bikers, sailors and other such miscreants).  With the exception of a break to take care of business, Jim played with the Peas for four years.  He and his wife Brenda are now living in Smithfield, NC in a 110 year old house in the middle of 65 acres of fine farm land (an odd place to find a sailor who has not yet swallowed the anchor). Jim got his start singing around the camp fire in the Boy Scouts and in Dorsey’s Independent Artillery Company. Once started, he remained true to his name. Despite warnings and threats on his life, he kept singing until at last he refined his skill to a finely-honed weapon which he uses to smite his detractors. A firm believer in Stan Hugill’s adage “clarity and volume are much more important than tonal beauty,” Tiger is a founding member of the Chantymen and a sometime guest musician with The Pyrates Royale. He helped start Nyckel’s Worth, a group of sailors and officers of the Kalmar Nyckel. The Chantymen’s monthly public chantey sings at the Royal Mile were Jim’s idea, and have spawned other sings in DC, VA; Richmond, VA; Annapolis, MD and Baltimore, MD. He is thankful for the hearty and interesting people in his life that the pursuit of “things maritime” — including tallship sailing and music — has brought to him. He says they are “a bunch of characters with character.”