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Back of the Bush

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About Back of the Bush

Back of the Bush are a fabulously flexible duo of Richard Moss and Ben Farmer - songs tunes and dances from across the British Isles
Folk band
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Richard Moss and Ben Farmer are two of North West England's most in demand folk musicians. Each has an international reputation, having won awards and accolades across the UK and Europe where they have toured extensively in a variety of guises. They are in large demand as performers and workshop leaders teaching a wide variety of instruments to both adults and children at festivals, residential weekends and more. As a ceilidh band, the duo both call the dances and play, making use of special techniques to make them sound much bigger than a duo would suggest! Both are friendly and entertaining performers who are sure to get people on their feet and having a whale of a time. In addition, Richard is an excellent singer and will keep audiences enthralled with his songs and exquisite guitar accompaniment.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We can perform with backing tracks
We can perform while walking around a venue
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Encore awards
2nd Encoreversary
Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Traditional Irish folk, French music, Klezmer, Scottish music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Galway Shawl
Black Velvet Band
Tippin’ it up to Nancy
The Leaving of Liverpool
Danny Boy
Fields of Athenry
Spanish Lady
Whiskey in the Jar
Galway Girl
Dirty Old Town
Mickey Dam
Sally Gardens
Bold Doherty
Tell Me Ma
Gay Gordons
Dashing White Sergeant
Four Round Four
Bottoms Up
Christmas Tree
Wring OUt the Dishrag
Eightsome Reel
Virginia Reel
Sausage Machine
Witchs' Reel
Siege of Ennis
Walls of Limerick
Lucky Seven
Sweets of May
Circassian Circle
Strip the Willow
St Bernard's Waltz
Bridge of Athlone
Speed the Plough
Waves of Tory
Rebecca's Roundabout
Small Potatoes
Zemer Atik
OXO Reel
Maggie's Mixer
La Pieternelle
Bransle de Moutard
Heel Toe Polka
Flying Scotsman
Cumberland Square Eight
Clopton Bridge
Circle Waltz
Britannia Two Step


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£320
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£500


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From customers:

Ian, 3 years ago

Always quick to respond to enquiries and nothing was too much trouble for him. Even when a last minute panic set in over our own playlist, Ben was only too happy to assist and save the day. I can’t recommend these guys enough!

Lancaster F, 5 years ago

Formidable Squeezing