Reviews & Testimonials

Here’s a little of what our fans and customers have had to say about us.

“Thank you Taliska for helping add a touch of home to our Australian wedding. The ceilidh was a great success and enjoyed by all, especially the Aussies!  We highly recommend Taliska for your special day, the band are truly fantastic!”
Steve & Rachel
newly weds

“The Golden Plains Farmers’ Market booked Taliska for a high end sit down luncheon in November 2013. The band were a huge success, great to deal with and a big hit with guests. The Scottish kilts looked fabulous and the unique sound of the harp was memorable. The volume and tone of the music was perfect for a lunch, some guests were clapping along, whilst others were absorbed in conversation. I look forward to booking Taliska again and would recommend them to all event organisers.”
Georgie Fuller
Events & Information Officer – Golden Plains Shire Council

“Taliska performed at Wyreena Community Arts Centre in July 2013 for our Music Café program. Wyreena runs a monthly program in the Conservatory Café on the last Friday of the month. Our artists perform for up to 50 people for two hours and many of the audience are repeat customers. In July 2013, Taliska enthralled the full house with beautiful music and an entertaining repartee. It was the first time for me to hear Taliska’s sound and I must say, the CD is on continual play in my car! Their instrumental brilliance as well as the gorgeous Celtic vocals really transported our audience to another time and place. Our audience had a fantastic night and we have had such positive comments that we rebooked Taliska immediately for our next year’s program. A very happy and successful night for us as well as our audience. Taliska are very professional and wonderful to work with. We will definitely have this talented group back!”
Tracey Moore
Arts Program Officer – Wyreena Community Arts Centre, Croydon

“Taliska is a delightful group which captivated the audiences at the 2010 Celtica Festival in Port Adelaide in 2010. The melding of all the instruments and personalities makes for a musical experience you would not want to miss. The off-beat humour of Scottish fiddler, Colin MacLeod, combined with his excellent musicianship and on-stage antics, the beautiful vocals of Celtic harpist, Claire Patti and guitarist, Marc de Rijk, singing the songs of Robert Burns, and the distinctive sound of the small pipes, played by Geoff Jones, is a combination which has the audience listening quietly and intently and then roaring to life to the exuberance of a set of Scottish jigs and reels. Taliska is definitely a crowd-pleaser for any event.
Suzanne Laslett
Artistic Director – Celtica Festival, Port Adelaide, South Australia

“Celtic Cafe has a fantastic menu, full of great Scottish flavours. For starters, Celtic Cafe offers a meaty dish with a kick that will get you up out of your seat and jigging about. The second item on the menu is a beautiful interpretation of an old favourite; comfort food at its best. Continuing with another mellow course, the next item reflects upon the complex emotions of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s last view of Scotland on his way to being exiled in France, followed by an affy happy traditional Scottish after-taste. A good whiff of the hot steam coming from the next dish on the menu and you’ll have visions of a fisherman rowing a boat through the mist on a deep, dark Scottish loch – lovely! Next on the menu is a special dish of ham ‘n eggs, served with potatoes lovingly smashed by guest chef Peter ‘Rocket’ Robertson. This dish has an exiting flavour not found in the rest of the menu. The menu lends itself to the lover of slow food, epitomised in slowly roasted in malted barley – imparting a sweet, full bodied and fruity flavour that melts in the mouth. You’ll be back for more of this! For the muckle lads, the menu also includes some hearty dishes to quell even the biggest appetite. As a perfect finish, Celtic Cafe offers a delightful Scottish dish of oat pancakes with dash of good single malt whisky – Taliska. Enjoy Celtic Cafe with its warmth, endearing cheekiness and scintillatingly smashing choice of tunes and food. Ye all hae noodles and noodles o’ talent.”
Hommus MacFadyen
Food Critic & author of the ‘Guid Food Guide’