Busking Roots

Whether on Church Street, in front of Marks & Spencer or at De Koffie Pot ‘Buskers Bandstand’, you will find a busker in Hereford City Centre most days of the week. It has become a popular destination for buskers, both local and from other counties.

Two acts you will find around the city are Toby Parker (Parker & The Suitcase)  and Freeborn Rising.  Toby Parker is known for his Bob Dillon covers and his original one man band sound, as well as having a smile on his face rain or shine.

Freeborn Rising’s folk punk tunes tell tales of the times and are akin to The Levellers. What they both have in common is that they take busking seriously and are loyal to their busking roots. Stay Real! Support your local buskers, they add a vibrance to our stroll around the city centre.

Cover photo: Matt Broom, Photography by Nickie Bates

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Freeborn Rising busking on Widemarsh Street, Hereford

 

 

 

Toby Parker and The Sui
Toby Parker and that one man band of his in High Town after a hard day of busking.

Tom McNair brings his Blues and Jazz style to the Hereford Streets.

Tom McNair Hereford City Centre

On this most beautiful, sunny morning in Hereford city centre, Tom McNair took passers by on a journey into the music he plays from the heart,  like a rip tide that pulls you in.  Luckily, he was discovered by Porkbelly Promotions who were cruising by and on the ball.  Good call guys.

Get a taster of his smokey, husky vocals reminiscent of Eric Clapton in video below.  Uplifting!

Watch video Here

 

 

When times are tough, and the weather is rough, you just keep going

This busker worked out a system that kept him singing to the city people all day long.  Rain nor wind would deter him from belting out the tunes.  Quite resourcesful indeed.

Try to picture yourself in this position next time you walk past a busker.  They are working as hard as anyone else trying to make a living.  Spare a few pence for their dreams.