Shanty Irish

Shanty Irish is a nine-member Irish pub band based in the scenic mountains of Allegany County in Western Maryland. It enjoys, among other things, bringing the lively music of the pubs of Ireland to its audience and propagating its unique blend of mirth and merriment. The band plays primarily for local benefits or charitable causes, but has also been known to perform when called upon for less virtuous purposes. The band consists of:

Mike Burkey Lead singer, pennywhistler, bodhranner, and lawyer/retired Public Defender

Tommy Dunn Irish tenor, harmonicist, and retired railroadman/bailiff

Stephen Owens Vocalist, strings, accordionist, and retired college professor

Vic Ward English-bred soundman, and machinist

Denis Reen Vocalist, pennywhistler, and retired teacher

Gil Hocker Vocalist, accordionist, penny whistler, illean piper, and silversmith/jeweler

Jim Moen Vocalist, fiddler, mandolinist, and physician

Ron Leaf Vocalist, guitarist, and retired pharmacist

Paul Douthitt Vocalist, upright bass, and IT specialist

Michael Owens Sound technician, and right-of-way maintenance supervisor for Allegheny Power