Sunday 18 March 2018

Busking earned us the price of a bowl of pasta and a couple of creamy pints

Liam O Maonlai and Fiachna O Braonain
Liam O Maonlai and Fiachna O Braonain

Fiachna Ó Braonáin

Busking in Grafton Street in Dublin in the mid-1980s brought with it an unbridled sense of freedom and abandon, as well as the prospect of highly satisfying notoriety in the Bermuda triangle of the Bailey, Kehoe's and Tobins pubs.

Armed with just an acoustic guitar, a few songs and a lot of neck, myself and Liam Ó Maonlaí took to the streets daily in the summer of '85 and came away at the end of each day with the price of a bowl of pasta and a glass of cheap red in the Coffee Inn, as well as a round or two of creamy pints in any or all of the aforementioned hostelries. What more would one want?

We also managed to pay the rent, get into the nightclubs that previously turned us away until we became "famous", and promote our more formal gigs as Hothouse Flowers - the professional wing of the Incomparable Benzini Brothers, Street Entertainers of the Year, 1985.

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