musk ox farm

Join us in welcoming acclaimed musicians...

Myles from Dublin

For the first time in nearly two years, The Musk Ox Farm will be hosting a concert in the beautifully renovated Colony barn hayloft! Join us in welcoming Irish folk musician John Walsh and his musical group, Myles from Dublin, for an evening of music and merriment. John Walsh, banjo & vocals, is an accomplished musician and astute historian of his craft. John is considered to be the state of Alaska’s foremost authority on traditional Irish music and culture and has toured extensively in the
lower 48. John will be joined by Brenda Castles internationally recognized concertina maestro & vocalist and the renowned Pat Broaders on bouzouki & vocals.


Doors open at 5pm. Concert begins at 6pm on Saturday the 15th of January.


All guests are required to wear masks while indoors and bring valid vaccination card and ID to gain entry at the door. Refunds will not be issued at the door due to failure to present proof of vaccination or refusal to wear a mask. Tickets are $20 per person and seating is limited. Doors will open at 5pm, please have vaccination cards and IDs ready at entry.

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Brenda Castles 

Brenda Castles comes from a rich tradition of music in Co. Meath. She learned concertina from Rena Traynor and concertina maestro from Mícheál Ó'Raghallaigh. She has several All-Ireland Fleadh titles to her name, both in solo and group competitions.  Brenda was also a finalist in one of the early Young Traditional Musician of the Year competitions. Music has taken her around the world from Hong Kong to Reykjavik, Taipei to Tipperary. In 2016 she released her first solo album of traditional Irish music on concertina, “Indeedin You Needn't Bother” to critical acclaim. Her latest album, “The Light Side of the Tune,” is due out this autumn. Brenda is highly sought after as a performer and teacher and is a regular at arts weeks and festivals globally.  She performs both as a solo artist and with the Green Fields of America collective.  She recently completed a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, and is ready and raring to get back to performing and teaching in the States as soon as they’ll let her in!

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John Walsh

Dublin native, John Walsh, likes to say he was a late-comer to the music. He is an acclaimed tenor banjoist, mandolinist, and vocal performer who has been perfecting his craft for over 40 years. Although he grew up in a musical family, he didn't start playing banjo till around 1981. After leaving school in the seventies, John turned to fishing for full-time employment. It's from this community that he found, and still finds to some degree, his extensive repertoire of tunes and songs. John was on the Speakers Bureau of the Alaska Humanities Forum and is considered to be the “state's foremost authority on traditional Irish music & culture.” Over the year’s John has performed at various schools and libraries around the state, and has toured extensively in the lower 48. John’s playing style has many influences, but his major influence would have to be Barney McKenna : “The man who put the banjo on the map in Irish Music.”

Pat Broaders

Pat Broaders grew up in Dublin, the son of parents from Wexford. He began his journey in traditional music at the age of eight, and attended the School of Music in Chatham Street in Dublin. He started out on the whistle, and later moved on to the uilleann pipes under the tutelage of Leon Rowsome. He took up the bouzouki in 1988, inspired by the sounds he grew up hearing from bands like Planxty, and the popularity of the instrument in Dublin’s vibrant traditional music scene. Pat’s singing began naturally enough. His father was a singer, and having grown up around Dublin’s singing tradition, it was a natural step for him. Pat’s repertoire today reflects his interest in the great songs of the Irish tradition as well as songs and ballads from the English and Scottish traditions.