German buskers

Now that we are into the Summer the street entertainers are out in force. Of course there are plenty of international musicians … I’ve seen Romany groups from Eastern Europe, pan pipe bands from the Andes and even a man wearing a kilt and playing the bagpipes. But what does a typical German street entertainer look like?

If you ask me, the typical German busker is the Organ Grinder.  There is one in every shopping centre at this time of the year. The instrument is often cobbled together from various components… and the traditional monkey has usually been replaced by a Steiff stuffed toy.

Barrel organ

A German organ grinder….

This one has a nod to modernity with a Sesame Street puppet tacked onto the front…   roll up ladies and gents… bring out your loose change….

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2 responses to “German buskers

  1. anna

    I think the typical german street entertainer is a music student who practices on the street and gets paid for that. But may vary from city to city

  2. He certainly does get around. Hand on heart I swear I saw him in Koblenz in late September. I’ll need to check the holiday snaps one more time.

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