Music lovers’ delight as first-ever busking festival comes to Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 17:12 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:12 06 June 2017

Appreciative audience for Harvey Palmer age 11. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Appreciative audience for Harvey Palmer age 11. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

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Saffron Walden was filled with music over the weekend as some 20 performers took to the streets for a day’s busking – the first event of its kind in the town.

Rebel Without a Chord plays a mixture of tunes on the oboe in Ed's Garden. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTRebel Without a Chord plays a mixture of tunes on the oboe in Ed's Garden. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

The Festival of Buskers saw 11 locations marked up for June 3, with the likes of Darren Stammers, Djuology, Elisha and Fantasy Faces wowing crowds visiting the town on Saturday.

On the sunny side of the street...parents Kirsty and Adam watch their son Harvey Palmer play and sing. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTOn the sunny side of the street...parents Kirsty and Adam watch their son Harvey Palmer play and sing. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Music from the shady corner - Djuology. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTMusic from the shady corner - Djuology. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Joanna Eden and her singing students. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTJoanna Eden and her singing students. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Durgamata plays her tin whistle. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTDurgamata plays her tin whistle. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Nancy May, Pete Isaacs and Poly Docs were among the other artists on the bill, as well as Rebel Without a Cause, Saffron Walden County High School’s Senior Jazz Band and Ted Jevans.

Nancy May with her amazing mezzo soprano voice. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTNancy May with her amazing mezzo soprano voice. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Audience relax in the sun to listen to Joanna Eden and her singers. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTAudience relax in the sun to listen to Joanna Eden and her singers. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Ted Jevans suddenly realises he has an unusual member in the audience - a 12year-old retired working cocker spaniel happily riding in his owner's back pack. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTTed Jevans suddenly realises he has an unusual member in the audience - a 12year-old retired working cocker spaniel happily riding in his owner's back pack. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Young audience. Ted Jevans is watched by a 1 1/4 year old on a trike. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTYoung audience. Ted Jevans is watched by a 1 1/4 year old on a trike. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Jacqui Portway and Peter Riding, organisers, said: “It was an amazing day in the sunshine hosting some of the finest local talents.

Dave Perrett, Tony White and Robin Ireland of Djuology. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTDave Perrett, Tony White and Robin Ireland of Djuology. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Acellostics busking. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTAcellostics busking. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Geoarina Lowe watching what every busker hopes for! Picture: CELIA BARTLETTGeoarina Lowe watching what every busker hopes for! Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

“Everyone did a great job and music reaches into the soul of people’s lives and cheers them up. We would like to thank all the entertainers for their professionalism and dedication and also thank residents and visitors for their generous donations.”

Dylan Tanswell and Georgina Lowe aka Acellostics. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTDylan Tanswell and Georgina Lowe aka Acellostics. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

The Morris Men came to town too - not to busk but to dance. The 'oss drinking to that! Godfrey Leak from the Offley Morris Men. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTThe Morris Men came to town too - not to busk but to dance. The 'oss drinking to that! Godfrey Leak from the Offley Morris Men. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Thaxted Morris Men outside the Kings Arms. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTThaxted Morris Men outside the Kings Arms. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Elisha Flower, age 10, busking in the Market Square. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTElisha Flower, age 10, busking in the Market Square. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Pete Isaacs, busker. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTPete Isaacs, busker. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Matthew Richardson plays to the lunchtime crowds in the nearby cafe in Rose & Crown Walk. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTMatthew Richardson plays to the lunchtime crowds in the nearby cafe in Rose & Crown Walk. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Maeve at the end of the afternoon in the Market Square. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTMaeve at the end of the afternoon in the Market Square. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Saffron Walden County High School Senior Jazz Band at the festival. Picture: Saffron Walden InitiativeSaffron Walden County High School Senior Jazz Band at the festival. Picture: Saffron Walden Initiative

Group Strap at the Festival of Busking. Picture: Saffron Walden InitiativeGroup Strap at the Festival of Busking. Picture: Saffron Walden Initiative

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