Vote for your favourite busker
The Bang the ‘Dore buskers will perform across the village between 9.30am and 1.15pm. Use the schedule and map in the Event Guide to catch all your favourite acts.
Alongside other prizes, buskers will compete for the People’s Choice award which includes the chance to perform on our Main Stage at 2.25pm as well as a $300 music store voucher.
You can only vote for each busker once, but feel free to share the love and cast a vote for any of the performers that brighten your day. The competition ends at 1.30pm, and the busker with the most votes will be crowned the winner! In the event of a tie between buskers, the competition judges will make the final decision on the winner.
To vote for your favourite buskers, locate their profile below and click the ‘vote now’ button.
If you love classic rock, Jackson is your guy! Nine years ago he picked up his first guitar at a garage sale, and since then has performed in multiple productions including the Addams Family Orchestra, The Grease arena experience and will perform in We Will Rock You in Sydney next year. Come swing your air guitar to his tunes!
Bagpipe Man – James Brown
Just a man with some bagpipes doing bagpipe things. Having played at events across Australia and the world, James is ready for his toughest gig yet – Bang the ‘Dore busking competition! With a mix of old favourites and modern tunes, there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy.
Christina is 14 years old and has been playing harp since she was 7. She loves performing and sharing her love of the harp with others. For Bang the ‘Dore, Christina will play a range of original compositions alongside some classical/folk music on her acoustic harp.
Ruby has been singing since she was a baby, writing songs since she was 5 and turns 12 today! Join her birthday celebrations at BANG the ‘Dore as she serenades you with covers of her favourite artists.
Duo Crowded Hours features Nicole Finn contributing silky vocals with Ian Champ on guitar. For the Bang the ‘Dore busking competition you’ll be treated to a variety of hits from every decade from the 60’s through to today – songs everyone will know!
Danny has been a performing singer and songwriter for many years. He has busked on the streets many times; out of necessity, and out of love. He plays regularly in Canberra, Murrumbateman, Bungendore and a few times Queanbeyan. Danny has been involved with quite a few bands and now performs solo, recently playing at The Fringe Festival of Good Folk at The Hive in Queanbeyan.
The competition’s youngest busker is 8 year old Dakoda who is still a little shy when it comes to singing. He’ll be playing a selection of songs from his biggest influences; The Beatles, Creedence and Status Quo to name just a few. He’ll play along with some with the original tracks, and play others by himself, alternating between acoustic and electric guitar.
Jimmy Cuttlefish busks in Canberra and regularly performs at the Merry Muse and Wax Lyrical. Over the years, he has regularly travelled to Bungendore to play at open mics, the odd gig, and a few parties as part of the Cultural References Band and as a soloist. Jimmy is obsessed that somewhere in Bungendore lies a portal to OZ. And that he will somehow be transported there by dancing on bubble wrap.
Jazmyn Michie & Sam Owen
Jazmyn is a Bungendore local and passionate singer with a diverse range of performance experience. Ever since she was young, she has never passed up an opportunity to perform, spending 5 years with the ACT IMP Senior Concert Choir where she was classically trained.
Sam plays acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums and piano as well as being a talented performer and actor. He loves the sound acoustic guitar brings to music as well as a good bass or drum line. Sam loves to bring joy to those around him and always puts on a show, no matter the occasion.
Calum F. Reid is a poetry influenced songwriter trying to write songs that are ‘Dylanesque’ or “T. S. Elliot-ish’ or at least ‘Song-like’. He has released an album of his original songs entitled ‘The Burial of Night’ and represented the ACT in the Australian National Poetry Slam.
Alongside his extensive experience as a performer, locals will know of Adam from his dealings as co-owner of Bungendore Guitars. In between his busking performances at Bang the ‘Dore, you’ll be able to catch him and his colleague Rick at their pop-up stall on Ellendon Street, where you’ll find a wide selection of guitars, amps, pedals and other accessories for sale at bargain prices.
Christine has loved singing since she was a little girl. She has been performing with the Queanbeyan Players in Hello Dolly and Godspell. With Histoires D’Amour, she will be performing timeless love songs from her native country: France.
Tim is a local amateur muso better known for his bass playing. He hopes you will tolerate his presentation of various popular tunes with guitar accompaniment in his premier effort at busking!
John Murray was inspired in youth by Simon and Garfunkel and The Seekers. He is particularly connected to music that embraces nature and people in the lyrics, features vocal harmonies and acoustic guitar. He established North Canberra Music in 2005, promoting live music, raising money for local charity and the local community.
Guitarsiren – Brigitte Heyer
Brigitte’s songs are honest and straight from the heart. She is able to take a cliché and give it a fresh treatment such as in her marvellously philosophical ballad “Love Comes Before a Fall”. Her engaging performance is a unique hybrid of Australian laconic delivery and Euro-cabaret-chic.
Laurie is a Bungendore local who sings and plays acoustic guitar covering ballads and popular songs ranging from the 1960s to today. He considers himself a ‘loungeroom musician’ but played at the monthly open mic at the Bungendore Green Cup Cafe throughout 2019.
Madi Holness uses her voice and keyboard to produce unique covers that showcase influences of jazz, pop and classical throughout. Different yet recognisable, Madi enjoys engaging her audience through melody and storytelling.
The Modern Age
The ‘Modern Age’ are a local 3 piece busking trio. They love playing and making music and have been busking and playing at gigs around Canberra and their local school for over a year now. They have a few original songs to play alongside some cover songs from some of their favourite groups including The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and The Smiths. They love playing to a crowd and can’t wait to entertain everyone in Bungendore!
Azlan is an engaging performer, his music satisfying a broad range of music lovers with a playlist that spans generations and genres. Delivered sometimes with a refreshingly up-beat tempo, then other times with a laid-back ambience irresistible in its appeal. Azlan’s music sets a scene that puts listeners at ease, creating an atmosphere that evokes beers on the beach and lazy chilled out Sunday afternoons. So consider yourself warned, involuntary foot-tapping and occasional sing-alongs will be hard to resist.
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