TODAY, Tuesday, brought me a fairly quiet day in relation to shows and music. I spent most of the day in the CMAA office/ media centre writing and organising interviews, but I love that I can still enjoy the sounds of Peel St, or the Boulevard of Dreams.
Many people may think buskers are on Peel St because they can’t get a gig elsewhere, but that’s not always the case. For many, it is a starting point, but for others it is where they love getting in touch with their fans in the closest possible way – right at their level on the street at the mercy of the crowds. As many of you would be aware, Keith Urban, Kasey Chambers, Beccy Cole, Troy Cassar-Daley (and the list goes on) were first seen plying their trade on Peel St. It has been the start of so many careers that each year hundreds of other buskers try their luck at being the next star discovered.
Therefore, playing on the street in Tamworth is actually a sought-after experience and one that is freely available to each and every performer who makes the trek to Tamworth. However, it does have to be noted that not everyone is perhaps as much as a busker as the next performer. Some buskers have even taken to displaying the definition of what a busker should be, to demonstrate that they meet the definition.
In my very humble opinion, not that it matters a whole lot to anyone, those who are singing along to recorded music, complete with singer, are doing karaoke, not busking. They perform beside young and more mature singers who are entertaining with their original songs and playing music on their own instruments. It is these buskers who have spent hours practicing their instruments, learning songs and ensuring they can be the best performer possible before they hit the streets. I don’t care whether you can sing well or not. I care that you have put the effort in to get out there and playing and sing. I also don’t believe you have to be performing your original tunes to be making a name for yourself.
If you haven’t yet experienced the noise, chaos and amazing atmosphere that Peel St brings to the Tamworth Country Music Festival each year, be sure to get down there asap and have a bucket list experience.