Wow, got a lot done today. Piece by piece it’s coming together. Things I expected to be ages away are happening now. Think I’ll miss the process when it’s all done. But there’s still a way to go.
It’s now been three weeks since I last worked on the guitar, as I’ve been away on tour. And I can’t tell you how much I’ve been itching to get back into the workshop to continue. Read more
Unfortunately this event was washed out and did not run this weekend. The Rotary Club of Melbourne Park are looking to host the event in a few weeks.
Last year, Jenny Biddle took out the title of Melbourne’s Best Busker and helped raise over $3000 for Melbourne’s homeless youth. In 2011, she defends her title as a group of Melbourne’s Buskers showcase their best talent to raise more funds for HomeGround, an organisation that trains youth in hospitality to give them skills for life. The busker that raises the most money for the charity, in their 10 minute performance, wins the title of Melbourne’s Best Busker 2011. Read more
This weekend Jenny Biddle took out TWO awards in the busking competition at the Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival. After a weekend of busking on River St outside Just Funkin’ CD shop, with kids dancing at her feet, families and elderly gathering on the street to hear her songs, Jenny went on to win both the People’s Choice Award and the Judges Vote in the 2011 Busking Competition, and perform her all-time favourite Chest of Drawers, alongside country legend Troy Cassar-Daley, Golden Globe Nominee 8-ball Aitken, and local artist Jabiru. Read more
For a long while I’ve had the desire to make an acoustic guitar.
Back in year 12, as part of the HSC Design & Tech major work, I made a portable electric guitar that won a Design Tech Award, 2002. Read more
Video by Raditya Fadilla
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This January, in boots, a flanny and cowboy hat, Jenny Biddle hit the Tamworth Country Music Festival for the first time.
Jenny joined the other 500 buskers that built up a storm on Peel St for the 9 days of the festival. In 35°C heat, Jenny set up her busking rig outside Jeans West on Peel St each day, and introduced her tunes to the hundreds and thousands that attended this year’s country music festival.
Out of 500 buskers from across the country, Jenny was selected in the top 10 to battle out the Busking Championships. Performing her award winning Chest of Drawers and a bluesy version of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, Jenny won Runners Up in the Tamworth Country Music Festival Busking Championships (non-country category). Queensland group The Twine won first place in the non-country category, and Shahnae Pakoti won the country category.
Jenny looks forward to performing at Tamworth in 2012.
Photos by Peter Langston
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Crowds gathered at Melbourne’s City Square on Thursday 7th October to search for “Melbourne’s Best Busker”. The Rotary Club of Melbourne Park in conjunction with the City of Melbourne put together a Street Change event to search for Melbourne’s Best Busker, and raise money for the leading homeless charities of Melbourne: The Lighthouse Foundation & HomeGround Services.
10 of Melbourne’s busking finalists battled it out, playing just ONE song each, hoping to raise the most money in their busking bucket. Amidst the top buskers was Daniel Shaw, a 12-yr-old pianist, the next Billy Joel, and Don Topley, a flutist who designed a one-handed flute to compensate for his nerve-damaged fingers, as well as our very own Jenny Biddle who performed her acoustic blues version of Billie Jean to a moonwalk jiggin’ crowd.
With the help of supportive fans, Jenny Biddle took home the title of “Melbourne’s Best Busker” as crowds went nuts with generosity. The prize included the “Melbourne’s Best Busker” trophy and $1000. Unfortunately Jenny didn’t get to keep the novelty sized cheque! Jenny intends to put the prize money towards the recording of her new album.
Congratulations to Daniel Shaw for scoring the runner up place for his tear-jerking deliverance of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
A big thankyou to all the people who donated and voted with their wallets. The support for Jenny Biddle as Melbourne’s Best Busker was awe-inspiring, and overall, Street Change raised more than $3000 for the homeless.
Photos by Raditya Fadilla.