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Friday, January 09, 2009

Cold Busker


On the last Saturday of 2008 the temperature barely crept above freezing.

On the bench outside the Cotton Bale in the Market Place, this busker played his accordion as shoppers hurried for warmth inside somewhere/anywhere.

26 comments:

Ashtonian said...

I used to have one of those.

Once, while shopping at Asda's, I left it on the back seat of my car, I was only gone a few minutes but when I got back, sure enough, my back window was smashed and upon peering inside, yeah, you guessed it, there two accordions on the back seat.

Boise Diva said...

Love that joke! I've never seen an accordian player in public playing for donations.

henzy said...

and he's not even wearing gloves..brave accordian player..

Jarart said...

I hope he made some tips for his music in the cold.

jill said...

Cold way to pay the rent.

magiceye said...

warming up?!

Tootie said...

Interesting, I wouldn't have known what a Busker was. :-)

Mediterranean kiwi said...

the last weekend in 2008 was also very cold in hania - still, it's sad to see someone braving the elements in this way - i wodner if people gave him some money because they felt sorry for him

KAZ said...

Brrrr.
No Gloves.
I hope he collected some deserved cash.

Melancholy Man said...

Must say, he looks as if he's from Eastern Europe, so will be: a) oblivious to the anti-accordion jokes; b) accustomed to real cold.

BABOOSHKA said...

My cousin sold a piano for an accordion. May aunt was not pleased about the wasted piano lessons. I wonder what he was playing. In France, "Those were the days" has to be the most popular tune of choice. I hope he got enough for waRmer clothing and plenty of hot drinks. He's welcome here anytime, by me, possibly not the locals.

roentarre said...

He looks like a jovial person there

Buck said...

Some musicians will do almost anything to keep playing. Bless him.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

It's a hard way to make money! But I love their music.

Lois said...

What a nice street scene!

imac said...

You play a nice tune Gerald.
From my blog -
Bridestones from North Yorkshire .

Outhouse Capital of Canada said...

We have a guitar player busker outside our supermarket who also plays in the cold, he must make money because I have seen him using his mobile phone, I bet he also has a mercedes around the corner.

ascu75 aka Don said...

looks cold our buskers only come out in summer mind you Margate can be cold in June

rickwhitman said...

"Busker." An excellent word that we Americans don't use. We loosely refer to street entertainers as 'beggers,' but that is not a totally accurate description. I only find the word in one of my three dictionaries, and not at all in my thesaurus. Thanks for the education.

Destitute Rebel said...

Wow playing music out in the cold, Just added the word "Busker" to my vocabulary, I'm learning something new everyday here at CDP!

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Gail's Man said...

Wonder if he was playing Foreigner's cold as Ice?

marley said...

The question is was he any good? Were the people hurrying indoors to avoid the music?!

AVCr8teur said...

Poor guy, he couldn't have made much tips in the cold. Should've considered an indoor spot.

Jackie said...

That's a good picture - I hope he got paid well for his day's work. Melancholy Man, yes most of the accordion players I've seen busking in the UK are eastern Europeans.

Actually the best ever busker I ever heard was an accordion player, I practically emptied my purse into his case, it was breathtaking (Bach's D minor toccata and fugue he was playing, and if I hadn't seen him with my own eyes I'd have sworn it was a church organ I was hearing, it was an incredible sound!).

Just Roaming The Cities said...

Brrr...I can relate today. At first I almost thought he had socks on...

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