Avast, ye pirates!

They look and sound like the real thing—fearsome buccaneers—but these hometown pirates have hearts, not treasure chests, of gold
Ozaukee Press staff

People at work the other day asked Kasey Meyer why he was talking with an accent.

He only partially made the transition back into normal life after spending the weekend at Pirate Fest.

Kasey and his brother Steven didn’t just attend Port Washington’s annual celebration of pirate life; they were an attraction.

Kasey and Steven are the Brothers Galahvan — pirates for hire.

They can be seen every other Thursday afternoon taking a stroll down Franklin Street in Port Washington.

The pair are hard to miss in their elaborate costumes, and their accents,   mannerisms and attitudes match that authenticity.

But don’t expect pillaging and plundering from these two party entertainers.

They look and act like pirates and say they are always in search of treasure, but their hearts are already gold.

Kasey worked for Easter Seals camp for a decade and was joined by Steven for six of those years.

“I’ve always been into helping people, doing things for people,” Kasey said. “We’re both givers,” Steven said.

One of the biggest reasons they attend festivals, birthday parties and other events in their pirate garb is “the looks on children’s faces,” Steven said.

The pair are brothers in real life and in their pirate personas. Kasey graduated from Grafton High in 2001 and Steven in 2004.

“We are your typical brothers,” Steven said. “If you could define brotherly love, that’s us.”

Kasey, who lives in Grafton, goes by Kristo. Steven a Port resident, goes by Hector.

Their pirate life began a decade ago when their father Michael took them to the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha County. They’ve gone back a few times and once entered a live role-playing contest with thumb swords. With no practice, they won their first match and kept the streak alive, ultimately beating a group of barbarians who had been fighting for years.

“I broke a gentleman’s spear,” Steven said.

The two found several costume additions at the event’s marketplace, but the brothers have been resourceful in amassing their attire.

Kasey made his own customizable leather belt  — “the only thing I did not do is skin and cut the leather.”

The feathers on the sides of Steven’s head came from a friend who hunts.

“We make it or find it at Goodwill,” he said of their costumes.

Dressing up takes 20 to 30 minutes.

“The costume is rather warm and uncomfortable,” Steven said, adding it helps put them into a more ornery disposition of a pirate.

They adjust accordingly to events. At a fall festival at Kennedy Elementary School in Grafton, guns and daggers weren’t allowed, so they brought pencils that were a few feet long.

“This is my sword for learning,” Kasey told a student who asked where his sword was.

He also told students “the best adventure to take is in the pages of a book.”

Their authentic garb garners more than just attention. They took second in the costume contest at this year’s Pirate Fest and received wine and champagne, which they promptly shared with the crowd.

“We’re generous pirates,” Steven said.

During the annual parade, Steven balanced his cane on his chin.

“People think we’re paid,” Kasey said. “They say, ‘Wow, these guys are real pirates.’”

Steven walks with an intentional limp that he developed from an actual accident. Three years ago, he injured his ACL while skiing.

“It’s healed since then, but I love how it looked,” he said.

They worked at researching their characters and on their accents, which Steven described at British.

When they’re not pirating, Kasey is a certified nursing assistant at Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Port, where residents inquired about his accent.

Steven is a cook at the Milwaukee Ale House in Grafton and Morton’s in Cedarburg.

That will change come fall. The pair are moving to Twentynine Palms, a military city in California between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. It’s a better market for their pirate work, they said.

The Brothers Galahvan are also working on an adult novel that tells the story of their characters. Kasey revealed that as a child Cristo was given an albino raven named Geal, which means white in Irish. He named his ship White Raven.

Hector was born at sea in the middle of a battle and is more of a “daft bull” lacking the strategy and finesse of Cristo, Kasey said.

The two worked their first paid gig, a child’s birthday party, last Saturday.

“They had cupcakes hidden that we put in our treasure chest along with some piratey swag and trinkets,” Kasey said. “Then we walked up and down the marina and the kids were ecstatic to show of that they were friends with ‘real’ pirates.

For more information, visit the pair online at #brothersgalahvan or email them at the brothersgalahvan@gmail.com.



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