Thursday, March 11, 2010
Ed Alleyne-Johnson is a British electric violinist and prolific busker. He has been busking since he was a Fine Art student at Oxford University in the early 1980s. He uses an electric violin that he carved with a kitchen knife, a custom pedal-board, and an amplifier which he modified to run off rechargeable batteries. This setup has enabled him to perform on the street in almost every major city in Europe, and across the United States and Canada.
He collaborated with New Model Army on their Top 40 single "Vagabonds", and toured with them for five years, with several concerts in Germany.
During his time in Oxford in the late 1980s he played bass guitar in local band, Raindance.
He can often be seen performing in Chester city centre, near the Grosvenor shopping precinct, and more recently on the streets of York. more ....
In the first video he is busking in the center of Chester. Chester which is in northern England close to the border with Wales and is the best preserved walled city in the UK. Pretty much all of the wall remains, which considering English history is pretty remarkable. It is a beautiful city and you ever get a chance to, visit it. One thing you will notice in this great video is the acoustics are amazing.
Variations on Pachelbel's Canon
Then I found one of him appearing on Jools Holland.
Oxford Suite Pt 4 from the Purple Electric Violin Concerto CD
Busking this time in York.
Ed Alleyne-Johnson at York playing Clocks, from his album "Echoes", on his purple electric violin.
If you excuse me now I have to go and find me some Ed-Alleyne-Johnson CD's, this is just too much.