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Jul 2, 2022 - 5:06:48 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

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I used to busk quite a bit, off & on, but it’s been a while. Looks like I’ll have to practice for a good week to get flexible and brush up on the old banjo hit parade (FMB, Doolin’ Banjers, Clam Jedpatt, & Toikey in da Straw). The more things change, the more they stay the…. well, you know the drill.




Jul 2, 2022 - 6:58:49 PM
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rinemb

USA

14738 posts since 5/24/2005

Been a long time since I busked as well.

Jul 2, 2022 - 9:23:40 PM
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Tommy5

USA

4084 posts since 2/22/2009

When I busked in the subway, people would pay me to stop playing. Lol.

Jul 3, 2022 - 1:00:24 AM
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STUD

USA

36082 posts since 3/5/2008
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Heh...
If you buskin fer $...
Then you ain't ..retired...

You just workin a differnt..Gig... ;0)

Jul 3, 2022 - 2:25:22 AM
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4181 posts since 4/29/2012

IMHO retiring means doing what you want to do, not what you have to do or somebody else tells you to do. So busking doesn't count. I once found myself training a morris dancing side recruited from the IT consultancy I was working for, to perform at a business seminar in Switzerland (long story - maybe later). One of my 'volunteer' dancers was near retirement and was captivated by the music. He spent part of his retirement bonus on a melodeon, taught himself to play it and enjoys his retirement playing for dancers and busking on the London tube. He'd definitely categorise himself as retired.
Haven't seen him for a few years. After typing the above I did a Google search. Here he is.

Jul 3, 2022 - 4:58:32 AM
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STUD

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36082 posts since 3/5/2008
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quote:
Originally posted by AndrewD

IMHO retiring means doing what you want to do, not what you have to do or somebody else tells you to do. So busking doesn't count. I once found myself training a morris dancing side recruited from the IT consultancy I was working for, to perform at a business seminar in Switzerland (long story - maybe later). One of my 'volunteer' dancers was near retirement and was captivated by the music. He spent part of his retirement bonus on a melodeon, taught himself to play it and enjoys his retirement playing for dancers and busking on the London tube. He'd definitely categorise himself as retired.
Haven't seen him for a few years. After typing the above I did a Google search. Here he is.


Your opening statement says a lot...

 

Given that premise...I have been retired since 1979....

 

As I loved what I did..

It was not a job to me.. but rather a Life styal...

 

Along the way I helped many folks.. some whent on to further thier career..in this trade...

 

All have dropped me a line thanking  me for the opertoonities I opened up to them..

None were treated as employees only..

But rather partners in grime...

Jul 3, 2022 - 5:05:08 AM

STUD

USA

36082 posts since 3/5/2008
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Oh...n Andy...
Yer buddy needs to find a more raucous...spot...!

Would be gangs of fun... :0)

Jul 3, 2022 - 5:45:50 AM
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59242 posts since 12/14/2005

Mary and I are retired from our Gummint jobs for years now.
We set up a booth at the local Farmers' Market, where I might sell a banjo, and she might sell some jewelry, but we hand out business cards and flyers, advertising ourselves as the TRYLENAIRES Sing-Along Band.
We have a tip jar there, and have made almost $10 so far.

But it's fun.

Jul 3, 2022 - 9:15:46 AM
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383 posts since 11/9/2021

I used to love busking in NYC. It was so..immediate. If you had a crowd and a full case $$$ - you were playing good. If no people and no $$ - better hit the woodshed Bro. Had all sorts try to join in, including David Peel (of "Have a Marijuana" fame) - he sucked so bad we had to throw him off the corner. Good luck and have fun - the crowd can tell.

Jul 3, 2022 - 10:13:15 AM
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banjo bill-e

Tuvalu

12360 posts since 2/22/2007

Mike G. I asked a fellow who has a cart at the local Farmer's Market if he sold very much, and he said "it's the same as at art shows, all the exhibitors just buy each other's stuff, and that is most of what gets sold. Most who attend are just lookers." He said that he covers the $10 site fee and sometimes the gas to get there.

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Jul 3, 2022 - 11:00:39 AM
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13270 posts since 1/15/2005

Chuck ..... are you sure the Farmer's Market did not get you mixed up with someone else?wink

Jul 3, 2022 - 4:40:05 PM
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STUD

USA

36082 posts since 3/5/2008
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Do it claws ya love it...
N heck...
Yer pretty not too bad at it too.. ;0)

If ya make ah buck at it..so much the sweeter...

Jul 3, 2022 - 5:29:26 PM
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OM45GE

USA

116364 posts since 11/7/2007

I can’t really call it a busking gig because I can’t solicit tips, but I’ve started playing at the Massachusetts General Hospital cancer unit where I’m getting treated for my prostate cancer. It’s part of the Expressive Therapies program and I play instrumentals in the Radiation and Chemotherapy units. I get a stipend and a meal out of it, but the most rewarding things are sharing music with my fellow cancer warriors and giving some musical thanks to the incredible medical team that’s helping me with the fight. I couldn’t be happier

Jul 3, 2022 - 6:23:08 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

65129 posts since 10/5/2013
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Nice going, Bill. I’m sure they appreciate the music, which is therapeutic.

Jul 7, 2022 - 3:00:26 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

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My inaugural hour busking at the market. I got lucky - the 20 and the 10 were donated by a group of young teenagers from New York who are on a Teen Tour of Canada. God bless America! yes


 

Jul 7, 2022 - 3:34:05 PM
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donc

Canada

6982 posts since 2/9/2010

I retired from the telephone company in 2009 . I had had not had a paying gig in music since our rock band in 1966. 3 years ago I was asked to play my banjo in a pickup band for a local farmers market. At these gigs it is customary to place a hat in front of the group where the dollars can pile up in large clumps. After 2 hours of playing my share was $14. I managed to keep it from the government income tax records .. Boy! am I sharp.

Jul 7, 2022 - 3:37:47 PM
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Owen

Canada

11403 posts since 6/5/2011

Well done* [from my limited knowledge],  but, but, but .... just wait 'til the word gets out..... I expect you'll be needing a manager and a bodyguard.

* = and that funny looking ten is worth almost 13 of ours.

Edited by - Owen on 07/07/2022 15:38:56

Jul 14, 2022 - 5:32:37 PM
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Owen

Canada

11403 posts since 6/5/2011

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