Garrahan’s Ghost
York County band Garrahan's Ghost was included on Larry Kirwan's "Celtic Invasion" album featuring the top picks from the "Celtic Crush" SiriusXM radio show. (Garrahan's Ghost photo)

Irish music fans ought to know what's at the bottom of Sullivan's Lake.

Those who don't haven't been listening to enough of Garrahan's Ghost, the York County band formed in 2008 by accordion player Dan Shiflet.

The group started with three members and grew over the years, says mandolin player Barry "Finbar" Jewels.

"We just built upon it, and now we are an almighty seven-piece ensemble," he says. "We're all best friends" who met while attending York Catholic High School.

Picked: The band's "Sullivan's Lake (The Flood)" was picked for inclusion on Larry Kirwan's "Celtic Invasion" album collecting the most popular songs from Kirwan's "Celtic Crush" radio show on SiriusXM. The album came out this month, just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

"I just wasn't expecting the response that (the song) got," Jewels says. "It's an amazing accomplishment for us."

The piece "was one of the first original songs that we wrote," he says, calling the song "an original by singer Andrew Nevin."

"Sullivan's Lake (The Flood)" features a peppy, catchy tune and tells the fictional story of a flood overtaking a town.

"Roo's a bittersweet guy, very in tune with nature," Jewels says. "That's our style; we're all rooted in punk rock music and Celtic heritage."

Aside from Jewels, Nevin and Shiflet, the band includes fiddler Clint Keener, guitarist Joe Anderson, bassist Trent Eisenhart and drummer Pat Ness.

Album: "Sullivan's Lake (The Flood)" comes from the band's first album, "Songs from the Spider Box," which was released in May 2011 and features 10 tracks.

"Every song is 100 percent original except for 'Song of the Chanter,' which is traditional, but we put a modern-day twist to it," Jewels says. "We're working on a second album."

Fans can catch the band in three shows over the St. Patrick's Day weekend, at The Garryowen in Gettysburg on Friday, The Depot in York on Saturday, and Beermongers in Dallastown on Sunday. Jewels describes the band's live performances as high-energy foot-stompers with songs that cross through traditional Irish folk, punk rock, Gypsy and more.

"The sound is an eclectic mix of all genres," he says. "It's all flavors and style."

Get the music

Larry Kirwan's "Celtic Invasion" and Garrahan's Ghost's "Songs from the Spider Box" are available from iTunes, Amazon and other online outlets. CDs will also be available at Garrahan's Ghost's live performances. Here's where to find them this weekend:

The Garryowen Irish Pub, 126 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 15.

The Depot, 360 W. Cottage Place, York, at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 16.

Beermongers, 3000 S. Queen St., York Township (Dallastown area), at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17.

All three shows are free and open to ages 21 and up.

For more information about "Celtic Invasion," visit

For more information about Garrahan's Ghost, visit the group's Facebook page.

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