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Hal Parfitt-Murray

Violin, viola, vocal, foot tapping, mandolin, oud, mandola, guitar, etc.

Hal Parfitt-Murray grew up in Scotland and Australia, and has a solid background in the celtic fiddle tradition. He is mostly known as the singer and violinist in Danish folk band “Basco”.

He studied traditional music at the Carl Nielsen Academy, in Odense, Denmark, and composition at the International Centre for Music Studies at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.


Nikolaj Busk

Piano, indian harmonium, accordion, foot tapping, melodica, toy piano, glockenspiel, etc.

Nikolaj Busk, trained at the the Rhythmic Academy in Copenhagen, and grew up on a musical diet of traditional Danish songs, Louis Armstrong and The Beatles, and was later adopted by folk music. Mostly known as the pianist and accordionist in the acclaimed “Dreamers Circus” and as a former member of Danish folk trio “Trio Mio”.

"Simply a one-of-a-kind debut…The style is reminiscent of Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, but Hal and Nikolaj are better. Rush out and buy this album now!"

Fyns Stifttidende newspaper 2008 – six stars

”...A beautiful recording with a mix of Celtic and contemporary music, wonderfully arranged and played. It comes in an elaborate hardback sleeve, with track notes written as poetry and all in English. Easily the best instrumental recording released in Denmark in 2008.”

Dirty Linen 2008 – US

"The two musicians have a technical capacity that enables them to pour a maximum of expression into their varied compositions... A debut that craves your attention"

Rootszone magazine 2008

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