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Long gone are the days of the Wandering Minstrels and the Bards of old. The days when you could walk into a tavern, or the town square and hear the wandering musicians sing bold tales of the local, or far off knights. Some tales rang true, but most were overly embellished, probably with a little funding from the knight himself. Though these days are gone, the tradition of the wandering musician lives on in many cities, subways, and corners, where you can still find them playing their chosen instrument, whether homemade or traditional. Buckets, hats or instrument cases stretched open in front of them to accept the coin of the realm from passers-by or, hopefully, an enthusiastic crowd of appreciative listeners. In some cases this is what they do for a living, and for others just a hobby, or a means of trying out new material.
One notable difference between the wandering musicians of old and those of today is that you won't be hearing fanciful tales of brave knights and fair maidens. A good deal of the time you won't hear lyrical content at all, though some still sing, as well as play their instruments. The following are worthy of note, keeping in mind that the distance from the sidewalk to the gutter is a short step away.
This guy has become rather famous in the subways of NYC, Larry Wright
This video is the same guy as the last cellist he's just playing it in a unique manner
Street ummm..... I'm not really sure, and a Pan Pipe:
(he's good though)
(He's playing the friggin spoons, thats just awesome)
and of course, Darth Vader:
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