WATCH: Buskers entertain shoppers in Exmouth town centre
PUBLISHED: 16:12 09 January 2019 | UPDATED: 09:29 15 January 2019
"One lady pushing her zimmer frame stopped and had a boogie right in front of us!"
Exmouth’s music scene has always been one of the town’s strong points and this is demonstrated by the quality of the buskers who serenade shoppers in the town centre.
Last week, while on the hunt for stories, Enjoy Exmouth More reporter Joe Bulmer was left spell bound by buskers Shannon Lewis and Syd Greenfield.
Amy and Syd travelled from Bideford in North Devon on a freezing cold Wednesday morning to entertain shoppers. Enjoy Exmouth More put together a Q&A for Shannon and Syd:
Why do you busk?
“I busk to get my music heard and to get gig opportunities. It gives me practice too. I plan to explore and play as many places as possible. It gives people an experience, especially Syd, his double bass is so fascinating, people walk by in awe. It’s great to have donations for your music. Syd said If you only ever practice in your bedroom you never get to gauge what other people think of it, it’s interactive and keeps your playing up to scratch.”
You are based in Bideford, why did you make the trip to Exmouth?
“I wanted to busk in new places, Syd said why don’t we busk together and try Exmouth. So we did. We hadn’t ever practiced together but we were quite in sync. I played my songs and it just worked, that’s mostly down to Syd being a very talented double bassist.
How were you received in the town? Just while I was there I saw you make a woman break down in tears and mesmerise several young children.
“One lady pushing her zimmer frame stopped and had a boogie right in front of us! I can’t believe I made one lady cry, I was singing Unchained Melody. It makes you realise how much music touches the soul sometimes, it can evoke personal memories.”
-What kind of music do you like to play?
“Playing my own songs makes me happiest, I’d love to get my music heard. They are my stories to tell to people and hearing them out in the open brings them to life, especially when Syd plays double bass on them - I feel very lucky, they sound beautiful.”
What are your musical influences?
“I like most kinds of music. I grew up liking Damien Rice, Laura Marling, Bob Dylan. Syd says Jazz, Rhythm & Blues and Folk music are his favourite genres.”
What’s it like busking as a duo?
Syd said: “It’s a lot more fun you can develop the music in a way you can’t on your own, you bounce ideas off each other and can use vocal harmonies.”
Shannon said: “It’s great having someone to turn to and encourage. I’ve only just started playing with Syd but it is a real treat! I think people notice when you’re having a good time and they feel the energy. Syd has been doing this for 33 years. I’ve been busking since April.”