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What has been said about John and Caroline

An unbelievable sound, haunting, beautiful....... John and Caroline Bushby and son Malcolm, were truly excellent value for the Festival, and well worth the entrance fee. The pipes/harp/fiddle combination was lovely, quite entrancing. Dave Forshaw, Clennell Hall Folk Festival, May 2007

“....went down a storm. The audience loved the diverse instrumental talent and spirited playing, and were pleasantly flattered to hear their own traditional music reflected back from the Antipodes. Though it’s a long way to Tasmania, Portpatrick is looking forward to welcoming them back in the not too distant future.”
-Glen Murray, Portpatrick Folk Festival.

“ Superb…….highlight of the Festival.”
Jim Malcolm, MC Portpatrick Folk Festival

“ Evenings of such harmony and poetic honesty don’t come along to often…..you have the real essence of Scots tradition close at heart.”…………
Jonathan Urquhart, Ceilidh Place, Ullapool.

They ‘warmed’ those there with their pleasant, easy manner, a mixture of well-loved Irish and Scottish songs and tunes and a polished performance………they received a standing call for an encore, not often seen on Skye!”
David Shipman, Aros Centre, Isle of Skye.

“......display virtuoso ability instrumentally coupled with vocals delivered with deep feeling for the song. It goes to show you don’t need to belt out a song at full volume to convey passion and emotion. Their self-penned compositions sound as if they come from the traditional repertoire. They show us again, that sometimes the purest ‘traditional’ music does not come from home, but from thousands of miles away. Like the Cape Breton musicians, Tantallon, from Tasmania are keeping alive a pure strain of Celtic music both traditional and self composed which might show some of our locally raised musicians how it should be done. The club is still buzzing after their performance.”
Jim Weatherston, Nitten Folk Club, Newtongrange, Scotland.

“I have had many a good night at Nitten on guest nights but never has a guest ‘touched the spot’ before. It was an evening I had looked forward to for a long time and it was well worth the wait.”
John Haldane, Nitten Folk Club

Nigel Gatherer, Crief, Scotland
“I went to hear them last night….they were excellent…..very fine, some great harmonies……”

 This album ( The Blood is Strong) was recorded live at the Fern Tree Tavern in Hobart…….The ambience has helped project this recording to the status of must –have in any Scottish music fan’s collection. The superb vocal range of Caroline Bushby is a real treat: here is a singer who knows how to get the best out of a variety of traditional songs.”
Celtic World, Australia

“ Your music was beautiful…...wonderful harmonies…...lovely blend of vocals and instruments…..”
The Wrigley Sisters, Orkney Is., Scotland

………..please pass on my personal thanks to the band for a terrific series of
performances in sometimes challenging conditions! The music was great,
you handled the settings with complete professionalism and everyone enjoyed themselves”…………….
Paul Cullen, Director, Antarctic Midwinter Festival

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