Busker passes on experience to young Armadale musos


Othman Hishmey, Angelina Good-Gerne, Jake Burrows, Tania Mazzotti and Jon Cope at the busking workshop in Armadale. Picture: Matt Jelonek d452587
Othman Hishmey, Angelina Good-Gerne, Jake Burrows, Tania Mazzotti and Jon Cope at the busking workshop in Armadale. Picture: Matt Jelonek d452587

BUDDING musicians are being encouraged to take their talent to their streets and get into busking as a way of improving their confidence and playing in public.

A group of buskers took part in a forum in Armadale as part of the arts festival to share their experiences and get some tips from long-time busker Jon Cope.

Mr Cope, who has busked throughout Europe, including in the London Underground, said it was the first time a forum for buskers had been held in the region.

“We want to encourage the next generation of buskers to understand the tricks and techniques of playing in public,” he said.

A City of Armadale officer also attended the forum, providing advice about where and when the buskers could perform in the Jull Street mall.

“We are very keen to encourage more busking in the mall because it brings a really positive atmosphere,” he said.

“It was great to see the buskers coming together and sharing their knowledge generously.”

Mr Cope said busking was a great step for young musicians to become more accomplished at playing in public.

“You are out there getting public feedback to your performance and it’s less pressure but it’s a great opportunity to practice and test out new material,” he said.

“People listen if they want to and if you want people to listen you’ve got to play well.”