Warm weather brings buskers out in force

Buskers bring Christmas cheer to shoppers

TALIA CARLISLE
Last updated 15:44 17/12/2013

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The warmer weather is bringing out the buskers, each raising money for a different cause.

Brass Razoo Solidarity Band member John Maynard said his group often performed for different causes, including protesting limiting the Khandallah Library hours.

At other times they performed Christmas carols.

Last week they performed outside the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, alongside railway workers.

The demonstration was held to support Korean railway workers who were protesting against their Government's unpopular new rail restructuring and privatisation programme.

Mr Maynard said they did not often busk for money, but preferred to play for a good cause.

They played I've Been Working on the Railroad, which went down well with the crowd, he said.

Train passengers passing through Wellington station will find guitarist Karlos Tahau playing in the underground walkway.

The Ngaio resident plays a two- stringed guitar using an Eftpos card for a pick. He said he planned to earn enough money to buy more guitar strings.

Outside the station Tu Hiroti from Whanganui can be found.

The guitarist needs money to travel to Christchurch to see his girlfriend. Hirot said he had never left the North Island before.

"It's like going to another country for me," he said.

Popular busking spots include Midland Park, Lambton Quay and Cuba St, where Russian musician Arvo Kapp can be found.

He was spotted near Farmers playing a bamboo saxophone. He can also play the cello, harmonica and Jew's harp.

The wooden saxophone originated in Indonesia, he said.

"It's homemade. I like it because it's wooden and you can get more sounds out of it than a metal saxophone."

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