ABOUT


The Music

Since 2007, Snallygaster is the solo instrumental heavy rock recording project of Mid-Atlantic musician Woody Irvin. 

That's me.

Here you will find songs that I have written as a solo artist or alternate recordings of songs I wrote while I was involved with other collaborative musical projects such as Alhazred, Only the Ghost, Potter's Field, or Blue Sky Burning.

The performances on the songs are all mine, with occasional assists  from my family: my wife, Alison; and my children, Shea and Bryn.


The Legend

The project is named for a legendary monster that parents in my home state of Maryland have been scaring their children with for nearly 300 years:  "Don't wander off," they say, "or the Snallygaster may get you."

From Wikipedia:

"The Snallygaster is a mythical dragon-like beast said to inhabit the hills surrounding Washington and Frederick Counties Maryland. The area was settled by German immigrants beginning in the 1730s. Early accounts describe the community being terrorized by a monster called a Schneller Geist, meaning "quick spirit" in German. The earliest incarnations mixed the half-bird features of a siren with the nightmarish features of demons and ghouls. The Snallygaster was described as half-reptile, half-bird with a metallic beak lined with razor-sharp teeth, occasionally with octopus-like tentacles. It swoops silently from the sky to pick up and carry off its victims. The earliest stories claim that this monster sucked the blood of its victims. Seven-pointed stars, which reputedly kept the Snallygaster at bay, can still be seen painted on local barns."