Ireland on YouTube Part 4 – Grafton Street Buskers

September 23, 2007 at 1:59 am 4 comments

Here are ten great videos of buskers on Dublin’s Grafton Street, starting with Niall Lawlor, an extremely talented guitarist who I’ve often listened to while in town. This video was uploaded by YouTube user Devilock79. And there are more YouTube clips of Lawlor in action here, here and here.

Meanwhile, up at the Stephen’s Green end of the street, here is a very acrobatic limbo dancer, courtesy of SneakySnufflez.

Eight more Grafton Street busking videos are just a click away, including:

  • Gypsy jazz from Bristol band Sheelanagig
  • An exhilarating drum solo by Gavin Ryan from Cork
  • Guitar Dan playing Mark Knopfler style
  • An amazing football keepy-uppy routine
  • James O’Toole and band rocking in a free world
  • Polish busker Pan Witek and a very drunk passer-by
  • Two very talented guitarists in action
  • An atmospheric stroll down Grafton Street

And here they are: >>>

This is Bristol band Sheelanagig playing Baba Yaga’s Ball, videoed by zhavi. There are five in the line-up – guitarist Dave Archer; violinist Aaron Catlow; drummer, John Blakely; double bassist, Dorian Sutton; and flutist, Adrian Sykes. And there’s more on their official website.

Here is a drum solo by Gavin Ryan of Cork, uploaded by Didims. If you’re impressed, you can check out more at Gavin’s official website.

GuitarDan666 uploaded this video of himself playing Mark Knopfler style on Grafton Street. He claims to hold the income record for a single busker, making €420 one night for three hours work.

Here is a guy doing what starts out as a typical football keepy-uppy routine, courtesy of ShijuRules. Then he does a John Otway-style forward roll at about 25 seconds in, and a trick at about 45 seconds in that I still can’t figure out how he does it. (Those timings are 40 and 20 secs on the small screen below, which counts the time backwards).

Here’s a band singing Rocking in a Free World, uploaded by Prettu. The lead guitarist is James O’Toole, who you can see here on Balcony TV. And here is the same band singing Jumping Jack Flash.

This is very funny. It’s Polish busker Pan Witek, determined to continue his Crocodile Rock routine despite the unhelpful accompaniment of a very drunk passer-by. The video was uploaded by SunnyKumar.

I don’t know who these guys are, but they are very good. The video was uploaded by TempleInDublin.

Finally, as an overall atmosphere piece, here is a four-minute walk down a busy Grafton Street, uploaded by DistanceFading. It includes not only buskers, but tiny snippets of conversations. Listen out at 1 minute 37 secs (or 2 minutes 25 seconds on the small screen below, which counts the time backwards) for the immortal snippet: ‘…a fuckin’ dildo on her head…’

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Peter  |  November 25, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    The two guys in the video second from the end are Pearse and Donal who form the two piece band Tucan i think. They’ve actually supported Rodrigo y Gabriela. Check out there myspace

  • 2. radio interview  |  December 4, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    would anybody know of a street performer intersted in taking part in a radio interview on friday the 14th live from grafton street. We would ideally like 3 performers who will perform for us

    Thanks if you want to contact me at

  • 3. Anthony Sloey  |  March 20, 2008 at 10:05 am

    I am looking for any videos or photos of my brother who I beleive is busking on Grafton St Hes Scottish and has blonde hair tied back into a ponytail his name is Gerry .

  • 4. Vera Hussey  |  October 29, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Does anyone know who the band were playing at the bottom of Grafton Street (beside the sign for Hilfige)? The music I think was latino. Thanks


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