Diary Of A Busker Day 288 Wednesday September 26th Winchester High Street (1. opposite Bellis, Time: 1:45-2:54pm, 2. opposite Oxfam, Time: 3:04-4:15pm).
It’s been raining pretty much all day every day since I last went out but it’s cleared up today…for a bit…I hope. I get through two songs, then most of Here Comes The Sun then it rains so I move back a foot, under cover. It’s a good thing there’s no one else out playing – they would have been in ths spot for sure. I try out a new tune – my arrangement of The Prisoner theme, one of Ron Grainer’s finest. A bit of a weird one – I bet I’m the only busker in England who’s got this in his set. I think it sounds quite good on my double-neck as I’m sure there’s a 12-string guitar in the original, but it sounds good enough on my Epiphone – such a good sounding guitar, anything sounds alright on it.
After an hour, I pack up and head down the road and get through an hour and ten minutes before it pours down and that’s me done. No one really bothers to speak to me either here or during the first session, apart from a man in a suit who asks me where McDonalds is. I point up the road – “See Marks And Spencer?” Yes, he says. “Turn right there, then take the next left and go up a bit and you’ll see it.” “Ok, so I go past Marks And Spencer” “No, turn RIGHT at Marks And Spencer, then the next left.” And for all that, he never contributed. I can count on the fingers of one hand how many suit-wearers have contributed over the past two years.