14:00 - John & Caroline Bushby - The Life, Times and Music of Robbie Burns

Originally from Tasmania, Australia, John and Caroline now live in Newcastle upon Tyne. Both accomplished singers, between them they play Celtic harp, whistles, guitar, bouzouki, Scottish smallpipes, Scottish Lowland Pipes (Northumbrian half-longs), Galician bagpies (gaitas), and Uillean pipes. Their performance features traditional, contemporary and original music and song from Scotland, Northumberland, Australia, Spain, and Brittany.

Their original songs and tunes have won awards in Australia, where they ran the Tasmanian Folk Festival, and some of their music has been used for the soundtrack of an American community TV progamme about Scottish immigration. Individually and collectively they have won piping and singing competitions in Scotland and Northumberland. Born in Cornwall with Welsh and Scottish ancestry, Caroline is a fine singer.

Born in Tasmania with a strong Scottish background, John started singing the songs of Robert Burns at the age of 6. He is a talented multi-instrumentalist playing a wide variety of instruments. John is also a musical instrument maker and repairer and most of the instruments (apart from bagpipes) that he and Caroline play were made by him. 

John and Caroline will be presenting a mini concert of the songs and music of Scotland’s bard, Robert (Robbie) Burns.