Pat Broaders grew up in Dublin, the son of parents from Wexford. He began his journey in traditional music at the age of eight. 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. In the early ’90s, moved to Chicago and on top of holding one of the longest running Irish music gigs in the history of Chicago at Kitty O’Shea’s, he has performed and recorded with Dennis Cahill, Liz Carroll, and Martin Hayes, John Doyle, Paddy O’Brien, Mick O’Brien, Robbie O’Connell, and Danú. He has a long-standing relationship with the Norwegian new age musical group Secret Garden and Kongshavan Studios.
John Walsh Tenor Banjo, Mandolin & Vocals.
Dublin native, John Walsh was a late-comer to the music as he says himself. Although he grew up in a musical family, he didn’t start playing banjo till around 1981. After leaving school in the seventies, John Walsh turned to fishing for full-time employment, and its from this community that he got and still gets to some degree, his extensive repertoire of tunes and songs. John’s playing style would have many influences, but his major influence would have to be Barney McKenna: “The man who put the banjo on the map in Irish Music”. Before leaving Alaska, John was at the forefront of the Irish music scene in Alaska, where he played with Crooked Road and had played in numerous other line-ups including Fir Óg and LAST NIGHT’ FUN (“The hottest Act in town” Anchorage Daily News) formerly, GAEL FORCE, which has been described by The Anchorage Daily News as “Anchorage’s Premier Irish Band”.
Rose Conway Flanagan originally began Irish music lessons with Martin Mulvihill while growing up in the Bronx. She then further developed her New York Sligo style of fiddling with the help of family friend and mentor Martin Wynne and her older brother Brian Conway. Rose was recently inducted into the Mid Atlantic Region CCE hall of fame alongside her father Jim and her brother Brian. She currently has a large music school in her hometown of Pearl River where she is hard at work preparing the next generation of great traditional musicians, which include several All-Ireland winners and medalists.