From left, John Walsh, John Skelton and Pat Broaders perform at the annual Winter Concert of Traditional Irish Music at Kenai Peninsula College in Kenai, Alaska, on Jan. 24, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

From left, John Walsh, John Skelton and Pat Broaders perform at the annual Winter Concert of Traditional Irish Music at Kenai Peninsula College in Kenai, Alaska, on Jan. 24, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Irish musicians return to peninsula

John Walsh, Pat Broaders and Brenda Castles will perform Friday

After months of limited gatherings, KDLL public radio station will sponsor a night of traditional Irish music at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna on Friday.

Jenny Neyman, the general manager of the station, said she’s excited to get the band back together, so to speak.

“This group used to come fairly regularly to the central peninsula — they performed at Kenai Peninsula college,” she said. “They were a lot of fun. They’re great musicians. They’re super funny — it’s just always a highlight concert of the year.”

Coming to Soldotna, originally all from Ireland, will be John Walsh, Pat Broaders and Brenda Castles.

They spoke about their connection to Alaska and their traditional Irish music during last week’s Kenai Conversation show on KDLL.

“Any sort of cultural-type music fits in really well with what public radio likes to do, so we kind of saw that as an opportunity to continue to provide that concert for the community since it was always so well received,” Neyman said.

Tickets are $25 for KDLL members and $30 for nonmembers online at kdll.org. The concert is limited to 200 people, and tickets will also be available at the door while supplies last.

In addition, people must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test within the previous 72 hours to be admitted into the concert. All attendees must also wear masks.

Proceeds from the concert will support KDLL.

Reach reporter Camille Botello at camille.botello@peninsulaclarion.com.

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