Monday, January 20, 2014

World Square Rap + Guitar

A melding of genres - and damn me if it doesn't work. I think I'm pretty open-minded for an old fart, but I still feel they play a bit too much rap on FBi.
These two, however, blend & click well. Would have happily stuck around for more.
Busker Du spotters - isn't Frances Castley my Bondi Junction Chanteuse from August last year? I think it is (& looking hot in those shorts).
Other passersby must have reacted to the chemistry as well - their guitar case was Stuffed with Note$$. The life of the muso, eh?

Monday, January 13, 2014

World Square Troubador

Sorry, World Square Troubador. Sorry for a couple of things. First for particularly (even for me) poor vid quality - shaky, thumb over lens, decapitation etc. And second, for taking so long to post your minute and a half after I said it would be up in a couple of days.
WST deserved better - he's got true blue busker cred: irrepressibly upbeat and totally into it. Prosperous travels, friend!

Town Hall Wheelchair Harmonica

I went past a guitar guy just the other day who had severe, unmissable facial deformities. What song was he singing at that moment? Radiohead's "Creep". ..."I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo..." - all with a huge smile on his harshly malformed and discoloured face. I didn't have time to catch it. I wish I had and I get the feeling he wouldn't have minded at all. He just seemed too full of life to give a stuff. He was also so into the music that the shock of his countenance swiftly faded. But that was that guy.
This is this guy - who obviously has major problems of his own. The thing is, when I first caught the sound of his playing, I THOUGHT the tune was "What a wonderful world". Made me stop and re-evaluate things. It wasn't - but still, you know what I mean?

Pitt Mall Guitar Picker + Bez

Oh you must watch this - priceless! Who remembers Bez, that vital component of the Happy Mondays? The delightful, enigmatic elevation of their music through completely unselfconscious, joyous dancing.
This living treasure in Pitt Mall carries on the Bez torch. The carefree confidence of our guitar picker only makes the moment more magical.

Westfield Burwood Xmas Brass Band

Oo, look at the arty camera work - could be David Lynch. Well, there just wasn't anywhere to stand, so I improvised.
Anyway, quite an awesome responsibility taking out the kids' brass band to drum up some seasonal pocket money. Excellent spot for passing trade though and, accident or design, the acoustics of the escalator well (?) produced a pleasing echoey quality. Also a bit Lynch-y.

Hyde Park Bagpipes

My first bagpipes! And the real deal, this fellow. I asked him he'd heard of Husker Du. He hadn't. But in the two syllables or so it took him to inform me, I could tell he had every right to be brandishing this instrument.
And full marks for presentation. Looked authentic without going over the top. And his selection didn't seem to rely on the usual saws, "You take the high road" etc. Hope he's raking it in.