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Street Bassists

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Stu, Aug 17, 2000.


  1. During a recent visit to London, I found myself wondering through Covent Garden, when I heard an excellent street entertainer, not the usual comedian or Staute type but a Bass Player and the lad could really play well, he accompanied himself with just a Squire Jazz Bass, he played mainly chords but with some nice slap bass also. I didn't get a chance to talk to him but his accent seemed to be American - anyway just thought I'd share this experience. Anyone seen anything similar ?

    Stu
     
  2. I´ve never seen bassists! In fact I haven´t seen any street entertainers on Iceland 'cuz it´s illegal!

    But in Denmark I saw all kinds of street entertainers... Guitarists, singers, percussionists, flute players... many more.. I even gave money to a "bloody hell cool" guitarist.
     
  3. frost13

    frost13

    Apr 12, 2000
    Isn't there a somewhat famous street bassist in New York? I thought I read about him not too long ago.
     
  4. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    ...that would be Ed KungFuqua! :D

    Street musicians...they're one of the things I miss about my very brief time in Nawlins & Georgetown.
     
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  5. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    I think Frost means Rob Turley (I hope that's the right name). The guy's been arrested because he didn't have a "street performer's permit" although there's no such thing. He plays the Santucci Treblebass, which is a pretty creepy instrument.

    Will C.:cool:
     
  6. frost13

    frost13

    Apr 12, 2000
    Yeah, that name sounds familiar. For some reason, they were hassling him, but not the other street musicians. See, bass players get no respect....:)
     
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    A strange run of coincidences for me - there are a regular group of Peruvians or at least it sounds like music from the Andes - who play on the streets of Brighton (UK). They started with traditional instruments - pan pipes, acoustic guitars etc. But I just noticed the other day that they must have been doing well as one of them had got a new electric instrument, which on closer inspection, was some sort of Ibanez bass, Soundgear I think!
     
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