The video to The Pepper’s I Love To Be A Busker, a song inspired by this diary. Marvin (and Winchester) are mentioned in the lyric!

Some videos of Marvin playing in his usual pitch in Winchester Hampshire earlier this year

They were shot by and appear on DaftNotStupid‘s page on YouTube





One of Marvins amazing self compositions Boy became a Man


  9 comments for “Videos

  1. Kelvin
    28/04/2011 at 1:20 PM

    Oh, that was terrific.You’re part of the fabric now Marvin – you can’t leave! Seriously though, you really seemed to be enjoying playing and the ‘buzz’ around you – and your expressions and demeanour reminded me of the folk on the Edwardian filming pioneers Mitchell and Kenyon. Joie de vivre, I believe – you don’t see that very often nowadays. And I liked the spectators comments and voice at the end.

    Can we have more (practiced) video shots please – how about one a week! Get the video-er to take a slower pan around before and after you play your piece(to get a shot of the High Street, its citizens and the mood). Could they keep you wholly in frame throughout the tune? It made my day anyway, thanks.

  2. Kev Smith
    14/07/2011 at 11:40 PM

    Good stuff. I work near to where you often play and love hearing you. You’re a superb guitarist – far better than I will ever be!

  3. 18/07/2011 at 4:47 PM

    Hey, Marvin!

    Sounded great! Why did they sack you from their band? You’re SO GOOD!! I really love to hear you play. In Winchester, last Friday, I was so bored and then outside Monsoon, I heard a guitar and I said: “My God! I’ve got to hear this!” so I peeped round the pillar and you were there.

    You were playing a really good blues song. By the way, ’cause you got sacked from the band, don’t let that stop you playing guitar! You’re great!
    Best wishes,
    Jimmy Gee.

    • 15/08/2011 at 11:33 PM

      I got sacked because my ears couldn’t cope with the loud volume created by 2 guitar amps, 1 bass amp, a drum kit (played very loudly) and two singers fighting to be the loudest via the foldback speakers. This was when I was in the last group/band I played for – for 4 years. The volume was distorting in my head and affecting my pitching when singing and, to a lesser extent, playing the guitar. I suffer from permanent Tinnitus, severe hearing loss (I have to wear hearing aids behind both ears)…not to mention my Focal Dystonia – that’s a hand problem, not an ear one – for which I don’t blame anyone else, unlike the hearing problems!

  4. alex
    02/04/2015 at 8:19 AM

    Hey you’re good, you’d sure get a buck from me! Or a guess 2 bucks since a buck’s only half a pound.

  5. Alan
    31/08/2016 at 10:30 PM

    This is a more personal note for advice on busking in Winchester for my 14 year old son, Will. He is a good little singer and guitarist, irrespective of his age. He gets invited to busk in Basingstoke by the local council on busking weekends and buses and gigs in between times too. He now feels like reaching out further afield.

    We are planning on coming over to Winchester on Saturday and was wondering what the etiquette was between buskers? Eg if there is no decent pitch available is it etiquette to wait by a pitch, giving the occupant say an hours grace. I have seen that arrangement in London’so South Bank. My son’s set lasts about an hour and generally does a couple of sets per day. He plays to a backing soundtrack so he has to be tight.

    The second question is are you allowed to busk on the Cathedral’s grounds?

    I will be accompanying Will on Saturday mainly for security, as like you he has a quality guitar – a US strat. If you are about then I will definitely leave you a paper note regardless of whether you respond to this message, on the back of hearing your videos. Awesome!


    • 22/04/2017 at 8:28 PM

      Hello Alan, I’ve just seen your message, a few months too late. Did you come over to Winchester? How did your son get on? I will save answering any questions until I’ve heard further from you.
      Regards, Marvin

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