He drags these resuscitated gems into town on Sunday, for a 2 p.m. children’s show and 5 p.m. big-folks performance at Daily Perks Coffeehouse. And before you dismiss Baby Gramps as some kind of a novelty, or an illusion, get yourself a copy of the new album Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys. Inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, the two discs were assembled by the astute producer Hal Willner, with an all-star cast that includes Bono, Sting, Lucinda Williams, Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Bryan Ferry, Bill Frisell and Pirates star Johnny Depp, sportin’ an alias not fit for a family newspaper such as this.
But it’s the very first cut, Baby Gramps’ “Cape Cod Girls” — which he manages to make both joyous and unearthly at once — that steals the show. The most-startling aspect of it is Baby Gramps’ singing: A low-end rumble that sounds like Tuvan throat singing.