LISTEN: Busker Kirsty talks to us about life strumming underground

A photo of another London Underground busker (not Kirsty!) Photo: Grendalkhan

A photo of another London Underground busker (not Kirsty!) Photo: Grendalkhan

Buskers on the tube make up the atmosphere of going underground, with everything from guitars to violins to steel drums echoing inside the corridors from Covent Garden to Kings Cross. What’s it like being an Underground busker for a living? We asked Kirsty, a busker from Angel who sings and plays guitar, for her thoughts.

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Interview: The King’s Parade

Busking is a much-loved London tradition, even more so when it comes to the London Underground. With upset caused over a recent ban on unlicenced buskers in Camden, there is growing support for campaigns like #BackBusking to encourage artists to continue making music for us all to enjoy.

Interview: The King’s Parade

In 2013, The King’s Parade won the Eurostar prize in the Mayor of London’s Gigs competition, which sees hundreds of musicians performing throughout the summer on the Tube and at leading venues in the capital. Launching this year’s competition earlier this month, the band headed to Paris for a busking gig.

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Busking on the Tube: The Good, the Bad, and the Clown that sings Leonard Cohen covers in Hungarian

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Photo by Sandra Harper

Does this guy look familiar? If so, you may have been privy to one Wayne Myers’ busking performances on the London underground. He has been regaling commuters with bluesy/folk numbers for years under the moniker Fit and the Conniptions.

Here he tells us about the little old ladies who love metal, and why buskers are nuts. Continue reading