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Street Music in Vilnius

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DSCF1131 You don’t see that many street musicians , or buskers as we call them in the UK, around in Vilnius. But here are a couple of them (right) outside the Europa Centre on Konstitucijos pr. with an unusual combination of instruments.

DSCF1628The most popular site is on Pilies g. (Castle St) the cobbled street that wends its way from near the cathedral square up to the town hall. (Keep walking up the main street and you come to to the last remaining perimeter gate , the gates of Dawn, from the days when Vilnius was a walled city).

That was where this couple (left) were performing, next to the little outdoor market, singing Russian folk songs.

I asked them why they were singing Russian songs. They said their parents were Russian speaking and that Lithuanian folk songs were too sad.

P1010487 - Version 2This girl singer/guitarist was also playing near the…

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Wandering up Buchanan Street in Glasgow the other day I was greeted along the way by several buskers, usually guitar in hand and singing everything from Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” (which should be forbidden as the only two versions that have merit are Cohen’s himself and Jeff Buckley, but that’s a personal gripe!) to what I thought was possibly self penned material.

ImageThe standard of the buskers is usually pretty good and they often attract an appreciative crowd who are usually quite generous with their financial appreciation.

As I meandered my way up the street I began to hear the sound of a saxophone in the distance and I recognized a variety of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn tunes being played.

ImageEventually I got to see the busker who was playing an alto saxophone and improvising his way through many of the Ellington core repertoire tunes.

I stopped to listen and…

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