In any major city you’ll run into street musicians entertaining visitors in the hope of picking up small donations to help them live. I’d venture to say that it’s a lucrative job over the period they sit there watching the world pass them by. Some are indeed very talented and therefore garner a better day’s wage. Some, like Adam Hurst, have really hit it big after starting on the street. Adam has recorded some 14 albums of heart wrenching cello and acoustic guitar music.
In the photo below we see an old Japanese artist playing an amplified homemade instrument similar to a cello and doing so quite well. He seemed undisturbed as I took his photo which prompts me to make sure and drop in a donation in his instrument case below.
Street performance or busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities. In many countries the rewards are generally in the form of money but other gratuities such as food, drink or gifts may be given. Street performance is practiced all over the world by men, women and children and dates back to antiquity. People engaging in this practice are called street performers or buskers.