Obituary: Marty Burke

Filker Marty Burke died on April 4. Burke was a member of the Dorsai Irregulars and wrote the songs “Rise and Strike for Dorsai” and “Drink to the Health of the Dorsai,” which won the Pegasus Award for Best Dorsai Song in 2007. Burke served as a president of the Michigan Astrological Research Society and was a student of Catholic Christian Rosicrucian mysticism. Burke and his wife, Diana Gallagher, were Super Secret Guests as GAFilk in 2003.


  1. Steve Simmons — April 7, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    While not one of our members, Marty was a good friend to the Dorsai both as a group and as individuals. We’ll be raising a glass to his memory and singing his songs for many years to come. Sleep well, my friend.

  2. T. Barber — April 7, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

    A minor correction. While Marty Burke was a friend of many members of the Dorsai Irregulars, he was not himself a Dorsai or member of the organization. He will be greatly missed by us and we raise a glass to his memory.

    – T. Barber, D.I.

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