Westival (2023)

“From the second Nan appears on stage you are bewitched.

Her soft Tyrone accent, twinkling eyes and engaging chat sparks your curiosity and has you wondering how she is going to pull this off. Then comes the effortless voice rising and falling with ease and confidence. 

To emulate an artist as well loved and respected as Kate Bush is a brave move with new interest sparked by the use of “Running up that Hill” in the Netflix series of Stranger Things. However I’d go as far as to say Nan and her band create something more than the sum of their parts with their tight, creative, professionally crafted interpretations. There is an alchemy on stage that has you hypnotised, enhanced by the use of simple props and choreography. At one point Nan swiftly uses her ukulele like a rifle putting a chilling spin on “Army Dreamers”.  We were surprised to be treated to a deeply moving duet with her astonishingly talented brother Fra singing “Don’t Give Up”. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. 10 minutes later we were bouncing on the dance floor singing along to Wuthering Heights.

If she comes to your town you are lucky, if she comes near your town go, you won’t be disappointed. We were honoured to launch her new tour at Westival 2022 in Westport.”

Nicky Dowd, Artist in Residence, Westival

The National newspaper (2018)

Appearing in Scotland for the first time this month is BaBushKa, a live music and theatre revue dedicated to the music of Kate Bush. Its dates in Edinburgh, Arisaig and Aviemore follow sell-out shows in Northern Ireland, home to the company behind it, Blunt Fringe Productions.

Inspired by the fringe theatre of London and Edinburgh, where established actors can perform in smaller venues in between bigger jobs, the company features Fra Fee, an award-winning West End performer and actor in Tom Hooper’s 2012 film Les Miserables. In BaBushKa, Fee plays keyboards in accompaniment to his sister Nan, who conceived and stars in the show dedicated to the work of the truly outstanding Bush.

The Fees are originally from Dungannon, County Tyrone, and Nan, a music teacher, now teaches primary school children on the Isle of Eigg following a recent move there. She has since enlisted the talents of musicians local to the Hebrides, such as Daimh’s Ross Martin, The Poozies’s Tia Files and Kenny Knowles, for these shows, so this run will be a bigger tribute to the revered writer and performer of the likes of the perennially astonishing Wuthering Heights, Bush’s 1978 number one debut single which was written when she was just 18.


[please note, the band line-up has changed since this article was written]