Un-self-effacing though it may be, I consider myself to be a pretty decent busker. So much so that we decided to turn the very positive responses we’ve been getting lately by recording a CD and seeing how it sells. Which didn’t work out according to plan due to a multitude of technical difficulties.
But, still being in a musical mood, though having left my guitar at Mike’s, I will instead list my favourite ever buskers (to the best of my recollection).
- Didgeridoo d’n'b
A French guy I saw a few weeks ago in Amsterdam beat-boxing drum-n-bass music down a didgeridoo.
- Didgeridoo Elvis
An Aborigine who busked all day in Melbourne. In the morning he would be dressed in head to toe Elvis garb, but after lunch he would be in little more than a loin cloth and body paint and playing the didgeridoo.
(I shoudl say at this point that I don’t even really like didgeridoos).
- Paul Simon remixed
In York a bored busker, midway through a standard rendition of Mrs. Robinson, suddenly yelled out “It’s the remix!” and then continued to play the song in something like a ska style.
- Slide guitarist blues-man on the tube
Often used to play in the tunnel between the Central and Northern lines at Bank. Used to sing with a great incomprehensible blues yelp.
- Story seller
In Melbourne, dressed in a horrifically green t-shirt, she would write an A4 page’s worth of story for you on a topic of your choice.
- Electric fiddle Lemmy
A guy in Chester who plays classical music on the electric fiddle, looping countless different parts and using effects pedals to from time to time summon the lead guitar sound which befits his Motorhead look.Here he is:
Any to add to the list?