The Shanty Boys are a Celtic band, setting the stage for expressing deeply rooted Celtic and alternative compositions - this eclectic band, focusing on the strong imagery of heritage with a well-developed lyrical storyline. Through the ever-present Celtic rhythm, melodies, and with the ease of crossing over to other music genres, the listener is compelled to concentrate on the message of the lyrics. Pat Bourke is an eclectic musician, offering his insightful styles to arrangement, production and songwriting. Pat's heritage is steeped in the Irish, stirred with the maple syrup, and brewed on the waters of Ontario. He also lends a hand as Chairman of the Ottawa Valley Musicians Association (OVMA), and as the President of Dacre Mountain Productions™, evolving experienced musicians to further reach their goals. Be it stage presence or behind the mixing board, Pat continuously strives for a better art form. You can listen to Pat's lyrical distilling on both the 'Upriver' and 'Sea to Sea' releases; let yourself be absorbed by the rivers and oceans - listen to gain a better understanding and respect for those that haunt the waters.