Buskers in Dublin

Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard

I’ve always wanted to know how busking in Dublin works. Friday afternoon, ipod on, walking down Henry Street, listening to some Bon Iver and I hear a guy singing with a guitar. He sounded very good and I could see he was selling some cd’s, quite possibly an demo of his. I said to myself that I’ll head into HMV and on the way home I’ll buy the demo from him as he sounded good.


After I purchased my wares, I noticed he wasn’t there anymore, a space lied before me where before he was singing and strumming! Could he have been moved on? This is what irks me! I’ve listened to quite a few Irish singer songwriters and everyone of them have started off busking on the streets…Paddy Casey, Damien Dempsey, Glen Hansard, its a rite of passage. But hey! the gardai know nothing about this. Move on now!

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