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Standards of busking on precinct

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On 9 Mar 2011 at 6:03pm JAS wrote:
Lewes has some great buskers - both professional, amateur and complete novice. A few weeks ago there was a brilliant young folk quartet, and some of the regular guitarists on the bridge are good, too.
But does anyone else think they might be being let down by a recent solo singer....?
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On 9 Mar 2011 at 6:20pm grimes wrote:
hahaha... Yes... It actualy makes the walk through town quite awkward... I love the atmosphere of the busking but this woman is terrible... She needs to be removed... Nicely of course... But it just isnt very plesant...
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On 9 Mar 2011 at 7:43pm bastian wrote:
I think she has a good voice,shame she doesn't have apropper roof over her head
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On 9 Mar 2011 at 8:26pm Cakehole wrote:
She does have a good voice. She doesn't project as well as most, but if your situation's not a good one, that bit's gotta be harder, no?
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On 9 Mar 2011 at 8:39pm Williamdyer wrote:
Some are dire though. The tramp who butchers Dylan for beer tokens being a case in point. Heard an internal tootler butchering 'Flower of Scotland' on a tin whistle the other day. It seems I'm missing the words for verses 4-9 though
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On 9 Mar 2011 at 8:45pm Newmania wrote:
I have noticed quite a few who murder entirely innocent songs. Dylan always gets mercilessly mauled wherever you are for some reason
My Funny Valentine attracts a better class of street performer
Who can say why.

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On 9 Mar 2011 at 9:09pm Cakehole wrote:
Hahaha!...I quite like the fella who does the Dylan songs. I like the disgust with which he examines the money my little one throws in his hat. Guess we're not that generous. Love a bit o misanthropy though
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On 9 Mar 2011 at 10:53pm grimes wrote:
ok... Im very confused to people saying she has a good voice? Are you being sarcastic!!?
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On 9 Mar 2011 at 11:24pm JAS wrote:
Seems I didn't have to refer to any busker in particular to get us to talk about this issue.
To be honest, I say let it be. If you let people perform on the streets you get all sorts. Real gems and real howlers. I'd rather all than none.
But it doesn't mean I can't criticise. Or sympathise with the poor woman who was working at the till in WHSmiths last week, and had to be in bleeding earshot of the WORST SINGER (and I use the word 'singer' as charitably as I can) that anyone can have ever heard. It is not just bad, it is projectile.
 
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On 9 Mar 2011 at 11:36pm Happy Shopper. wrote:
Maybe it was the same one I heard recently when in the precinct,sitting outside WH Smith.She thought she sounded like a church singer or something.Very bad Clannadesque...
Truly awful.But I did give 50p to the guy playing guitar on Cliffe Bridge.He played a Tim Buckley song that I love and I had a chat with him and he played me a song also by Tim called Dolphins.He even tuned his guitar in a different way to play it.
He was good....
 
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On 10 Mar 2011 at 12:06am lewesman wrote:
Comfortable middle-class twats or what?
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On 10 Mar 2011 at 12:27am mr happy wrote:
There is a young girl who busks in the town who people assume is homeless but actually has a house in Chailey. Dont know if its the same girl?
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On 10 Mar 2011 at 9:04am FieldFairy wrote:
lewesman - you must be an uncomfortable middle-class twat then.
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On 10 Mar 2011 at 9:23am Tonedeaf wrote:
There's a guy with a scruffy beard who is often in the pedestrianised area but typically under the arch just off Cliffe - he is a pretty skilled guitar player but his singing is totally flat and he butchers so many songs. Trouble is he plays the same set every time and if you have the misfortune to be at home during the day and live in Cliffe, it gets rather annoying.
There's a woman who sings opera too if that's who everyone else is talking about? She's pretty bad.
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On 10 Mar 2011 at 10:49am Happy Shopper. wrote:
This guy needs no introduction....

Watch the video »
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On 10 Mar 2011 at 3:08pm Loopy Lou wrote:
The opera singing woman is not too bad, though I think she is lip syncing to a tape. The anoying woman in the precinct is just rubbish. The other buskers are okay but I would rather they busk in the precinct because I live in Cliffe High St and it does get very repetitive and wearing after a while. Once, I thought if I hear Halleluja one more time I will not be responsible for my actions. I Thank God that the busker must have been unaware that Leonard Cohen has written around eighty verses to that song!!!
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On 10 Mar 2011 at 4:41pm Decent Citizen wrote:
IDM.Great stuff.
 
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On 10 Mar 2011 at 8:04pm Mr Cakes wrote:
I think she is great, it takes a lot of guts to sing acapela, let alone in public. At least she original... I'd prefer to listen to someone doing their own thing more than halfbaked covers of mumford and sons any day of the week!
 
 
On 10 Mar 2011 at 10:13pm expat wrote:
Hayley Westenra used to busk on the streets here in Golden Bay, with her little sister. She was always a crowd puller!
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On 13 Mar 2011 at 3:42pm pope wrote:
Peoples tastes vary, the other day I was walking through the precint and a gust of wind blew my hat off. I bent down to pick it up and accidently broke wind, believe or not someone threw 50p in my hat. I am thinking seriously of eating 2 tins of beans tonight and trying my luck tomorrow.
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On 14 Mar 2011 at 12:52pm just passing wrote:
havent seen don partridge for a while on the bridge, feel awkward giving him money as i'm sure he does it for the love of music, besides, he's probably got a lot more than me!
 
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On 16 Mar 2011 at 3:16pm SG wrote:
Sadly Don passed away recently. He was a friend of the family, and one of my favourite buskers, too!
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On 17 Mar 2011 at 11:47am maggiemoo wrote:
The trampy looking guy that cant sing and cant play does so right underneath my front room window !!!! I wish he would clear off !!!!


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