Leeds Buskers

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Postby Si » Thu 25 Sep, 2008 12:30 pm

There have always been many buskers in Leeds, particularly in the Commercial Street area. Obviously, the late Danny Freeman comes to mind first, but does anyone remember the bloke who used to sing hymns (like Amazing Grace) outside Next. He had a very loud and impressive baritone, but could not finish a song in the same key he started it in! Or the kilted piper at the top of Kirkgate? Or the bunch of Peruvian pan-pipers who always turned up for Christmas? Any more?    
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Postby Tasa » Thu 25 Sep, 2008 1:59 pm

The one-man-band with the dog that howls when prompted! He's usually on Briggate on a Sunday lunchtime.
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Postby Si » Thu 25 Sep, 2008 2:07 pm

My daughter told me there's a bloke with a harmonica and two dogs. When he plays, the dogs try and drown him out!
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Postby LS1 » Thu 25 Sep, 2008 2:50 pm

What about Freeman the african busker who plays either a xylophone or bongos. Not seen him on Briggate for a while.    

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Postby Tasa » Thu 25 Sep, 2008 3:05 pm

Si wrote:
My daughter told me there's a bloke with a harmonica and two dogs. When he plays, the dogs try and drown him out!


That's the one I meant, Si! Unfortunately there's only one dog now... Sad
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Postby arry_awk » Thu 25 Sep, 2008 5:43 pm

Poor fella musta bin hungry!lol

When we hear that piper (usually on Kirkgate
opposite Fish Street) we hurry and get the next bus home!!!!

Bagpipes, Invented by the Irish,given to the Scots,who
haven't seen the joke yet! Now, if they'd been
Northumbrian pipes, I could listen all day!
Sorry, you Jocks!
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Postby simonm » Thu 25 Sep, 2008 5:50 pm

Tasa wrote:
The one-man-band with the dog that howls when prompted! He's usually on Briggate on a Sunday lunchtime.


They're really good and very funny.

Anyone seen the guy, about 50ish who plays the Spanish guitar. Amazing guitar player, his fingers go like the clappers. I wish I could play like that. I love to stand and listen to him, allus give to that chap!




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Postby simonm » Thu 25 Sep, 2008 5:53 pm

Forgot to mention the African chap that playes an african instrument, a bit like a xylaphone. Great he is as well.

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Postby sundowner » Thu 25 Sep, 2008 10:37 pm

Si wrote:
There have always been many buskers in Leeds, particularly in the Commercial Street area. Obviously, the late Danny Freeman comes to mind first, but does anyone remember the bloke who used to sing hymns (like Amazing Grace) outside Next. He had a very loud and impressive baritone, but could not finish a song in the same key he started it in! Or the kilted piper at the top of Kirkgate? Or the bunch of Peruvian pan-pipers who always turned up for Christmas? Any more?    

Hi Si if the the pan pipers are the same ones i used to listen to they are called APU i think thats how its spelt They used to come down from Newcastle to play in Leeds must have been worth it to come all that way to play.
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Postby Geordie-exile » Thu 25 Sep, 2008 11:43 pm

sundowner wrote:

Hi Si if the the pan pipers are the same ones i used to listen to they are called APU i think thats how its spelt They used to come down from Newcastle to play in Leeds must have been worth it to come all that way to play.


No, they got fed up of having bottles of dog* stotted at them at Grey's Monument.

*Newcastle Brown Ale.


        
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