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DUH’s Jon Seskevich and local musician A.C. Bushnell combine ancient sacred words with traditional American music.

This article was originally published in the April 2008 edition of Inside Duke Medicine.

For A.C. Bushnell, it’s not a violin —it’s a fiddle. With that one word, you know the kind of music the Chapel Hill musician makes. It is not the rarefied strains found in the concert hall, but the sweet, American traditional music that has flowed from the back porches of Central North Carolina homes on Friday nights for 400 years.

Last summer, that tradition took a new turn when Bushnell teamed with Jon Seskevich, R.N., a nurse clinician and stress management expert at Duke University Hospital. Continue reading →

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Fiddler’s CD Honors Traditional Music

This article by Philip VanVleck was originally published in the The Herald-Sun (Durham, North Carolina) on November 2, 2007.

Chapel Hill fiddler A.C. Bushnell’s new CD, “Dancing on the Water,” is a charming collection of songs that pays homage to traditional music. Four of the songs are Bushnell originals, and the remaining 10 tracks are either cover tunes or traditional songs.

Expect to hear a good bit of new and traditional music during Bushnell’s ArtsCenter show Saturday. He will celebrate the release of the new CD and accompanying DVD in a concert Saturday at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro.

The concert will be an ambitious collective effort. Joining Bushnell on stage will be his band mates from The Stillhouse Bottom Band; The Happyjoy Band, featuring Will McFarlane and Robert Sledge; Cluckin’ A; The Cluckeneers; mystic poet Grace; and musicians Richard Shulman, Andrea Nell and Jon Seskevich. Author and musician Bland Simpson will host this gala. Continue reading →

Dancing on the Water Interview by WUNC

This interview originally aired on WUNC North Carolina Public Radio on November 1, 2007.

“Fiddler A.C. Bushnell is a staple on the Triangle music scene, known for playing with traditional groups like the Stillhouse Bottom Band. Two years ago, he received a frightening medical diagnosis… one that scared him into finally living his dream of recording a solo album. A.C.’s project, “Dancing on the Water” will be released to local audiences this weekend and he joins host Frank Stacio to talk about finding the faith to make music his way.”


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Bushnell’s Water Dance

The following article by Kirk Ross is from “The Mill”, a monthly supplement to The Carrboro Citizen published November 2007.

A.C. Bushnell has a story to tell and he is not inclined to wait. That’s been evident as he’s made the rounds talking to media and promoting a new record and a big show to celebrate it.

Yes, he’s proud of the new work and excited about the show, but what he really wants to get across is for you, too, to not wait around for life to happen.

The longtime fiddler, who has played with the Red Clay Ramblers and formed the Stillhouse Bottom Band, was faced with the prospect of a life cut short a couple of years back when he was diagnosed with liver cancer. He fought it and won, but knows, as so many cancer survivors know, that life is fragile, precious and brief. For A.C, even a moment on idle is too long. Continue reading →

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A.C. Bushnell by The Independent

This article, by Ruth Eckles, was originally published in The Independent Weekly on October 31, 2007.

On a June evening in 2005, A.C. Bushnell was taking Interstate 90 into upstate New York, daydreaming about front-porch picking, country walking and lake swimming. He was going to visit a few old musician friends and unwind from a hectic work week. But a phone call broke his reverie: His doctor was on the other end, telling Bushnell that the results of a recent blood test looked worrisome. A week later, an MRI revealed that Bushnell had a large tumor in his liver.

“It’s a very strange feeling to think that you might leave the earth so soon,” Bushnell, now 60 and a cancer survivor, muses. “The world looked really beautiful to me. It was very poignant. I asked myself, ‘If I am to die, what is it I want to do while I’m still here?'” Continue reading →

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A Song of Survival

The following article is from “The Good Life,” an annual supplement to the News & Observer, published September 21, 2007.

A.C. Bushnell played his first fiddle tune at age 14. The difference between fiddle and violin, a difference he is often asked to explain, is the way the instrument is played and the way it is tuned; what kind of music comes out of it lies in the player’s choice of approach. On his more than 40 years of playing the fiddle, “If I can’t play by now, I’ve got no excuse,” he says with a laugh. Continue reading →

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