Leeds Buskers

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Bruno
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Postby Bruno » Wed 18 Jan, 2012 10:49 am

Has anyone noticed a small elderly Irish busker in Leeds city centre recently, singing and playing either an accordion or an electric keyboard, possibly even selling copies of his (probably remaindered) CD, 'The Street Singer' ? Usually very scruffily dressed. Name Tom, very strong Kerry accent.

Reason I ask is that he's my father-in-law, the only time I ever used to see him was when I worked in Leeds and went out for a lunchtime walk.
Not set eyes on him since my job was moved out of Leeds 3 years ago.


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Jogon
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Postby Jogon » Wed 18 Jan, 2012 11:06 am

[quoted- change from the mind numbing stuff in the charts but also a sign Im getting older I guess. Also nice to hear the busker called The Bedroom Orchestra has got a record deal too.

my kind of people.
Might this be he?

That bloke is APP-ALLING!
Over amplified (you might like it once as you walk by, spare a thought for poor local workers who suffer it all). Schmaltzy and liable to make a song his own in the style of a duff pub singer.

One of my faves who seems to have gone? Was the Polish violinist girl
http://youtu.be/Ws7nwvfyW9Q

Second fave was, is the smallish black guy with sunglasses who plays the small soprano saxaphone.

Third just for showmanship is man+dogs.

And finally not seen for many years was a charity collector who looked like Karl Marx, collected commercial st at M&S back door and would 'sing at you'.        
Leodian
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Postby Leodian » Wed 18 Jan, 2012 11:19 am

It must take some guts to do busking. Many I've heard in Leeds in recent years have been good and some were excellent.

I wonder what has happened to the man with the dog who was mainly outside Next on Bond Street, as I've not seen them for some while? I've also not recently heard the young woman with a nice voice who had a guitar usually on Briggate, nor the coloured lady with a nice voice who also was on Briggate, nor the young woman who excellently played a violin on Briggate.

There is currently the man with the devil puppet on strings on Land Lane.
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Leodian
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Postby Leodian » Wed 18 Jan, 2012 11:28 am

Jogon wrote:
[quoted- change from the mind numbing stuff in the charts but also a sign Im getting older I guess. Also nice to hear the busker called The Bedroom Orchestra has got a record deal too.

my kind of people.

Might this be he?

That bloke is APP-ALLING!
Over amplified (you might like it once as you walk by, spare a thought for poor local workers who suffer it all). Schmaltzy and liable to make a song his own in the style of a duff pub singer.

One of my faves who seems to have gone? Was the Polish violinist girl
http://youtu.be/Ws7nwvfyW9Q

Second fave was, is the smallish black guy with sunglasses who plays the small soprano saxaphone.

Third just for showmanship is man+dogs.

And finally not seen for many years was a charity collector who looked like Karl Marx, collected commercial st at M&S back door and would 'sing at you'.        

Your "And finally not seen for many years was a charity collector who looked like Karl Marx, collected commercial st at M&S back door and would 'sing at you'." will be the late Danny Freeman who collected lots for charity. He died in 2004. Though not always getting the right notes he was (at least to me) always welcome to hear singing.

Thanks Jogon for the link to the video of the violin player.
A rainbow is a ribbon that Nature puts on when she washes her hair.

Bruno
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Postby Bruno » Wed 18 Jan, 2012 11:45 am

The man with the dogs always used to be in St Helen's Square in York, before he showed up in Leeds. Perhaps he's gone back there.
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Jogon
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Postby Jogon » Wed 18 Jan, 2012 11:53 am

Leo
Thanks for the info on Danny Freeman, I never knew that.
Apart from his Leeds centre works he would turn up in Headingley pubs during the evenings when we were students. He became cross with one of our number who tried to put coppers in his collection box.
"It was heavy" he said "and needed at least silver, if not paper".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2004/sep/02/guardianobituaries.artsobituaries1
leedslily
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Postby leedslily » Wed 18 Jan, 2012 2:15 pm

There's a commemorative photo of Danny Freeman in the Jubilee wing at the LGI.
We saw this family of buskers in Leeds last summer - they were great: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leedslily/5974705098/in/photostream
whatdoesthisbuttondo
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Postby whatdoesthisbuttondo » Wed 18 Jan, 2012 2:44 pm

Does anyone remember the young electric guitarist who used to set up outside HMV in the late 80's/90's?
He had what looked like home made pedals to switch effects and was amazing to listen to..

keyholekate
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Postby keyholekate » Wed 18 Jan, 2012 5:16 pm

Leodian wrote:
Jogon wrote:
[quoted- change from the mind numbing stuff in the charts but also a sign Im getting older I guess. Also nice to hear the busker called The Bedroom Orchestra has got a record deal too.

my kind of people.

Might this be he?


That bloke is APP-ALLING!
Over amplified (you might like it once as you walk by, spare a thought for poor local workers who suffer it all). Schmaltzy and liable to make a song his own in the style of a duff pub singer.

One of my faves who seems to have gone? Was the Polish violinist girl
http://youtu.be/Ws7nwvfyW9Q

Second fave was, is the smallish black guy with sunglasses who plays the small soprano saxaphone.

Third just for showmanship is man+dogs.

And finally not seen for many years was a charity collector who looked like Karl Marx, collected commercial st at M&S back door and would 'sing at you'.        

Your "And finally not seen for many years was a charity collector who looked like Karl Marx, collected commercial st at M&S back door and would 'sing at you'." will be the late Danny Freeman who collected lots for charity. He died in 2004. Though not always getting the right notes he was (at least to me) always welcome to hear singing.

Thanks Jogon for the link to the video of the violin player.

He sounded nice in the winter sunshine and I quite like schmaltzy : )

Danny Freeman was not my style but what a great bloke to raise all that money for charity.I think he had a daughter that died young. Im sure he used to call in the pubs in the eighties down East Street too.
Jogon
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Postby Jogon » Wed 18 Jan, 2012 7:43 pm

Sorry to 'bang on' about them again but please can anyone shed light upon some buskers who I liked but missed.

Called the Clash.
THE CLASH!
They busked in Leeds May 1985.

Photo's, etc welcome at [http://www.secretleeds.co.uk/forum/Messages.aspx?ThreadID=3614]


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