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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Country Dave

A combination of inclement weather and transportation problems have contrived to keep me housebound for the last few days so that I have been forced to look into the archives. But it's an ill wind, as they say - I have recovered some photos that got passed over in the wealth of summer and recollected some people who should be mentioned. Today's photos are of Country Dave Ryerson, who brings good country music tunes to the causeway. Dave's been busking a long time and he also contributes one way or another to a lot of the other entertainment you see on the causeway. If you've ever wondered how those causeway performers all manage to spread themselves out and not be in constant competition for the best spots or times, you should talk to Dave, who facilitates the weekly schedule and posts it on the Causeway Artists Website, where he is also the webmaster. And, for those of you who wonder what it's like to be a busker, there is no better source of insider information than Dave's blog, Country Dave's Acoustic Routes, where you'll find fascinating in-depth interviews with many local buskers. While Dave usually performs solo, here's a very short clip of him in a duet with another great causeway performer, Dave Harris. They're singing Country Dave's version of Merle Haggard's Okie From Muskogee, entitled, Proud to be a Busker.

And, while I'm picking up loose ends, here's this year's picture of a kid leapfrogging over one of those distinctive causeway mushroom lamps.

5 comments:

JoJo said...

I've not heard the term 'busker' for street musicians before. I thought 'busking' was another word for kissing.

Dean Lewis said...

Great shot of a towering, 'Paul Bunyanesque' Country Dave, a highly valued, veteran entertainer on the causeway.

Steffe said...

Great portrait of the busker.

Dave Harris said...

Thanks Benjamin! You do a great job of promoting the causeway scene. It's sure nice to see 20+ year Victoria busking vet, Country Dave Ryerson getting some promo! Well deserved!

Leeds daily photo - Paul said...

Nice post Benjamin. Here in Leeds we have quite a few buskers, and whilst I think they cooperate I cannot think they have a website. Good idea though. the best spots are always popular.