The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #23990 Message #270248
Posted By: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
02-Aug-00 - 10:18 AM
Thread Name: Busking - What are you paid?
Subject: RE: Busking - What are you paid?
I've mentioned before the terrible (to me!) amplified autoharp that plays in Bracknell some times in what you in the former colonies would call a mall. I can't believe the local Council or Chamber of Trade pays him. There is sometimes an amplified concert harpist who sells his own CDs. In the open area we get the occasional sax or trumpet player, S.American pan pipe group,or guitarist. It must be organised as there's only one performer on any Saturday. Most recently there has been a white reggae player who plays guitar and harmonica and sings. Both the mike on his neck rack and his guitar lead go into small belt radio transmitters like those used in musicals so he can dance around and play and sing without tripping himself up on cables. He sells CDs as well as getting the usual cash in the guitar case. All these performers seem to have quite sophisticated portable amps and speakers,often with backing tracks so they must be making some money.
BTW I'm surprised the "cordless" amp system I've just described isn't used more often to avoid trailing cables. Probably picking up local taxi calls and police band messages might be a problem with radio mikes!