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photoblog image 'Scene' in Durham 2/5

'Scene' in Durham 2/5

With pictures of the cathedral out of the window, so to speak, (see yesterday) I concentrated on a few shots of other things around me and managed to catch this shot of this gentleman just after he had set up his instrument (I can't remember what this is called) in the city centre. He was just warming up at the time so we wandered off as time was at a premium.

'Scene' in Durham 2/5

With pictures of the cathedral out of the window, so to speak, (see yesterday) I concentrated on a few shots of other things around me and managed to catch this shot of this gentleman just after he had set up his instrument (I can't remember what this is called) in the city centre. He was just warming up at the time so we wandered off as time was at a premium.

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Oct 2016, 04:20
He looks like a more than acceptable stand-in for a vase of flowers on a bird-dropping-encrusted table, Brian...
Quelle tristesse de voir cet homme obligé de jouer dans la rue.
Brian Walbey: We have lots of street musicians in the streets of cities and large towns, we call hem Buskers, and a lot of them are very talented and entertaining.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Oct 2016, 07:31
A very nice shot. I have seen this instrument before in a Hungarian gypsy jazz group
Brian Walbey: Yes I've seen them before but can't remember what they are called.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Oct 2016, 09:53
Always good to try something different. Works well, nicely absorbed in his music. We had a similar problem in Salisbury.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mike. I often wonder why they can't do these works out of the main visitor season.
Time is at a premium, Brian. Very true.
Brian Walbey: Being on a coach holiday one only gets a certain amount of time at each place unfortunately, we like to wander about at our own speed if we are on Holiday with the car.
i imagine the tunes of this stringed instrument would be something upbeat and cheery, Brian. but i know absolutely nothing of this kind of music smile
Brian Walbey: He was just getting it all sorted and set up before starting to play in earnest so we didn't really hear a proper piece of music.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 4 Oct 2016, 14:00
Unusual subject for you, Brian - I like it
Brian Walbey: The other three pictures in this set are unusual for me also Lisl, hopefully you will enjoy those as well.
I presume that the pushchair was to carry his instrument around in Brian.
Brian Walbey: Yes it all fitted in the pushchair quite well.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Oct 2016, 15:35
It may be a sort of bowed zither. A nice scene of preparation. I know this time problem from my group journeys.
Brian Walbey: I was thinking the same as you about the instrument, played with those little things in has hands instead of his fingers. We like to spend a lot of time in places when we are in our car but with a coach time is usually limited.
If he is playing it with hammers then I guess it is dome sort of dulcimer Brian. I like the picture whatever it is he is playing!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill, I think your are right about it being a Dulcimer.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Oct 2016, 17:07
I wonder if it a dulcimer? he may be better off fro his performance if he moved the transport to somewhere behind him.
Brian Walbey: Having now Googled Dulcimer I think you are right. He is using the back of the trolley as the place for people to drop their coins in.
I believe it is some variety of hammered dulcimet.
Brian Walbey: I think you are right Tom.

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