PIRACTICAL rockers The Dolmen are calling on everyone to indulge their inner seadog and come along to a special fundraiser at the weekend.

The Weymouth-based band is holding a Pirates’ Keep to raise funds for the TS Pelican, the sail training vessel based in Weymouth.

Tony Jameson, the founder of and lead singer with The Dolmen, said: “It is a great way of raising money for charity.

“We want people to turn up dressed as pirates, with tricorn hats, baggy shirts, basques, whatever you have, and enjoy a great night of fun and music.”

The TS Pelican, which can often be seen moored in Weymouth harbour, is a tall ship owned by the charity Adventure Under Sail.

"It aims to help equip young people with life skills through trips of varying lengths where they are taught to sail and make friendships that ‘last a lifetime’.

The Dolmen, made up of Chris Jones, Tony Jameson, Josh Elliott, Kayleigh Marchant and Keri Pinney, have long been supporters of local charities and regularly stage Pirates’ Keeps.

“We wanted to do something to support the Pelican because it is a small local charity with excellent aims and we felt we could really do something worthwhile to help it,” said Tony.

“We don’t raise money for political parties, but if people ask us to play for children or local charities or hospices we will do it because it is benefiting someone.”

The Pirates’ Keep is just the start of a busy summer for The Dolmen, who have made their name through their powerful Celtic music.

Over the next few months they will be playing gigs at home and also on the European festival circuit, including five gigs in the Netherlands, one of which will be a Highland games.

“We are very big on heritage, proud of our heritage and we like to celebrate it,” said Tony.

“But it is also about having fun and our gigs are very lively and you will always find us smiling.”

The Pirates’ Keep is at the Old Rooms Inn on Weymouth harbourside on Saturday, March 26 from 8.30pm.