British based fiddle, bouzouki player and singer Malcolm Bushby is one of the UK’s finest young musicians. Although from Tasmania, Australia, his family roots lie in Scotland with his forebears coming from Kirkhill near Inverness, Caithness, Kyle of Lochalsh, Ayrshire and Dumfries. Malcolm has devoted his life developing his unique style, drawing high acclaim from established artists across the UK and beyond.
Malcolm’s handling of dynamics, ornamentation and beautiful tone lend a soulful, haunting and exciting magic to his music.
Malcolm started playing fiddle back in his home state of Tasmania, Australia and developed his love of playing Scottish fiddle when he was taught by one of the world’s finest exponents of Scottish ‘classical’ fiddle playing, Chris Duncan.
Arriving with his family in the UK in 2005, he was accepted into the premier North East folk ensemble Folkestra, under the direction of Kathryn Tickell where he remained as a member for 3 years.
In 2009/10 he studied Scottish fiddle with Anna-Wendy Stevenson in The Western Isles. Whilst there he also performed with Kathleen MacInnes, Iain MacDonald and many other luminaries in the Scottish music scene.
In 2012 at the age of 22 he released his debut album Islands which was highly acclaimed and gained airplay from radio stations across the world including many programmes on BBC Scotland.
Since 2010, Malcolm has worked with various instrumentalists and singers from both Scotland and his base in Newcastle upon Tyne. In the past he has performed with the likes of Tom McConville, where he recorded fiddle on Tom's new album Back to Scotswood, and he has also collaborated with Aidan O'Rourke, Tony McManus and Catriona MacDonald to name a few.
Exquisite fiddler originally from Tasmania. Lori Gordon, USA
‘A serious talent….’ Tony McManus, guitarist
‘..fantastic fiddle player…’ Kevin Henderson ( Fiddler’s Bid, Boys of the Lough, Session A9)
"Malcolm is one of my favourite fiddle players, a great player and a good friend"....Tom McConville
"Real fiddling, played by someone who understands and loves what he is doing" Fiona Haywood, Living Tradition Magazine