Queen of Dublin Buskers
Living statues are a common feature on the busking scene but I've never really understood the appeal of this particular kind of silent street artist. It is too easy to pass them by. In a tribute to the legendary street artist The Diceman, poet and academic, Brendan Kennelly gave this assessment of the art "Thom McGinty's magic has to do with his ability to mesmerise his audience, to lure them out of their busy city selves and to take them away into that land of perfect stillness where marvellous dreams are as normal as Bewley's sticky buns." Usually they are found standing alone but this unusual sextet caught my eye. More a pond of stillness than a pool to misquote Paula Meehan in her homage to McGinty, I am not sure what the theme was or if they were a random assortment.
A band of brothers, the Broadbents aka Stringfever, a quartet from the UK were dominating the middle stretch of Grafton Street. Veterans of the corporate after dinner entertaining scene, they were not a typical string quartet. Replacing the standard wooden instruments with electric ones I am afraid they broke my wireless rule but they were very entertaining .Similar in many respects to Graffiti Classics, their blend of virtuoso classical string technique with comedic capers was very popular with the crowd.
in Phoenix Park, the Mellowchords were warbling their way around the Bloom Garden Festival popping up all over the place with their barbershop vocals .
At the bottom of Grafton Street, I met Brenda Malloy who was in her spot across from Trinity College where she has sent the strains of her gentle harp into the city soundscape for the last 13 years. Amid the profusion of musical styles proliferating in the capital's busking scene, it seems very important that the sound of the Irish harp, our national symbol is heard and Brenda is Cathy's Reviews' pick for best Dublin busker For the record, Brenda was the only artist bearing the Approved Performer Badge. Brava!
I was very taken with these two youngsters who were ploughing their way through Delibes Flowers Song. Their sign explained that their dream was to be NBA players and were saving up to go to basketball camp