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We are delighted to welcome Myles from Dublin again in concert at the Musk Ox Farm! The upstairs loft is the perfect place for enjoying an evening of acoustic traditional Irish music.

John Walsh, banjo & vocals, is an accomplished musician and astute historian of his craft and an expert in traditional Irish music and culture. John will be joined by the very talented Pat Broaders on bouzouki and vocals, and joining them this year is Andrew O'Brien on fiddle.

 

Doors open at 7:00 pm. Concert begins at 7:30 pm.  Seating is limited.

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about the musicians

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Andrew O'Brien

Andrew grew up in Dublin, Ireland in a musical household. His father Dinny played a 2 row button accordion and brothers Denis (Tin whistle), Mick (Uilleann pipes), Tom ( fiddle ) and John ( Uilleann pipes). Growing up in 70’s/80’s Dublin, and in a musical family Andrew was immersed in a strong traditional music culture. He competed regularly in national competitions ( All-Ireland Fleadh )and was a prizewinner on three different occasions. Andrew moved to St louis in 1990 where he practices as an attorney. Musically, he continued to play, featuring regularly at John D Mc Gurk’s along with Michael Cooney, Terry Corcoran, Joe Burke, Jackie Daly, Paddy O’Brien and Pat Broaders among others. He has been an instructor at Tionols in the Catskills, Orlando, Toronto and St. Louis. This will be his first trip to Alaska.

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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.

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