Bios / About

For some reason, I have better luck when I work with women. I guess I have a good sense of sisterhood. – Dolly Parton

Bushy Park

Is the collaboration of fine laydies who said “Dyke country music? Hell Yeah!”

Sassy and sultry country and blues classics with a twist or two. About as wholesome and pure as any group of Canadian lesbians can be.  Suitable for audiences that bat for any softball team you like.

Sophia Kelly – Vocals

Sophie  Kelly takes her inspiration from Dolly Parton and Mae West. She’s good Canadian grrl from a small town with loose morals and high values.  She wrote her first song at age 8 (about a corn field) and has been singing on stage since then. With a background in celtic, jazz and sacred choral music, what the heck is she doing fronting a country band? She’s kickin’ it, that’s what she’s doing. https://soundcloud.com/sophia-kelly-music Pronouns: she/her or he/him (any are fine)

I was the first woman to burn my bra – it took the fire department four days to put it out. – Dolly Parton 

Shannon Ingersoll – Rhythm Guitar, Percussion

Shannon IngersolShannon would steal her dad’s guitar and disappear into the Okanagan mountains on her horse, Buddy, for hours, learning the rhythms of Johnny B Goode to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Then this country girl hit the city streets, bought her own 6-string (patched together with crazy glue) and discovered the magic of Ferron, Fruit and the Indigo Girls! Shannon’s travels have brought joyful music making of all kinds from guitar jams and sing a longs to coffee houses and women’s concerts and finally her dream of being in a women’s country band is real! Www.heartsongmusicservices.ca Pronouns: she/her

I think country music will always be popular because it’s a lot of real people singing about a lot of real stuff about real people.  If you talk bad about country music, it’s like saying bad things about my momma. Them’s fightin’ words. – Dolly Parton

Marg Scott – Keyboards

Marg Scott has solid country cred. First off, she is is from Alberta. Like almost all of the rest of the band, she’s had a head injury, but hers was from falling off a horse. She was keyboard player with 90’s Vancouver based grrl punk band Revulva and also currently plays with folk band Ultrasound.  Pronouns: she/her and they/them

You gotta keep trying to find your niche and trying to fit into whatever slot that’s left for you or to make one of your own. – Dolly Parton 

Cat Mac – Banjo

cat mac is an ‘anti-cowgirl,’ an urban cowgirl singer-songwriter, author, multi-instrumentalist. she began performing on the Kitsilano Showboat & at the PNE in Vancouver when she was three & in a girl’s travelling band at age eleven. the last time she was on a horse, she ended up in a tree. she draws her inspiration from Lacy J. Dalton, Crystal Gayle, Gillian Welch and J. Cash. she played in the bluegrass band ‘Whiskey Blue’ for 6 years & is thrilled to be returning to her roots, taking it on the road with her sistahs. catmacmusic.com [cat is a travellin gal in the winter, so we have the pleasure of her company in the Summer only] Pronouns: she/her

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain – Dolly Parton

Elizabeth Dunn – Banjo

Elizabeth Dunn is an amazing banjo player known in the old-time/bluegrass and folk communities and a down home solid human being. She grew up in a home in which “everyone sang together around the piano while mom played”. She is particularly fond of Appalachian harmonies so brings wonderful vocal texture to Bushy Park. She has been a member of the lesbian a capella group Sapphic Songweavers since 1998 and is an active organizer in support of climate action and protection of wild salmon. She can be heard performing at community events and rallies on the regular.  Pronouns: she/her they/them. [Elizabeth is our winter banjo player]