Trevor the Shantyman

Trevor singing loud
When you see a listing for "Trevor the Shantyman" or "Shantymen" you'll be hearing Irish pub songs!

I enjoy music in many styles and I play in many formats -- from classical guitar to big band jazz. But when I can, I sing pub songs in the tradition of Tommy Makem, the Dubliners, the Clancys, and other iconic Irish folk musicians. You'll hear ballads, sea shanties, and beer-drinking songs. I expect plenty of singing and clapping along on the choruses! I also vary the material, with a little solo guitar music. But it's mostly about the great lyrics and the fun spirit. 

I periodically perform this material, both as a soloist and with others. I currently work regularly with Greg Brotherton as Shantymen (shantymen.TrevorHanson.com); this group carries on the tradition of my earlier band Discovery Bay Pirates. (When I perform solo, it's as "Trevor the Shantyman" -- to avoid confusion with my solo guitar work.)

Before moving to Washington in 2004, I sang this music for years on the east coast and in Chicago, haunting the famous folk music temples -- along with the audiences who grew up with these tunes, and who knew all the lyrics. I'm never happier than when belting out “The Moonshiner” with a glass of Guinness in my hand. I seek out places where this great tradition is alive and well -- such as Galway Bay, in Ocean Shores

I've been lucky enough to know a number of great Irish musicians, and to meet many others. It's humbling but gratifying to be able to sing the music of Tommy Makem and the other titans of the bardic tradition.