1st December: First live video release day!!

December 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm


Today is finally here the 1st of December  release day of this little beauty,  the thing I’ve been raving on about for the past few weeks is finally live for me to share with all you lovely people!!!!!!!!


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The following is a COVER version of Rise Against’s song Swing Life Away from their album ‘Siren Song Of The Counter Culture’ but it is also the first recorded work I have done collaborating with anyone. Collaboration With Savannah Betts, check out more from her on her page cause she’s awesome!

Well that’s Frank Turners new album pre-ordered!

November 23, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Well that’s Frank Turner ‘s new album pre-ordered, Frank Turner is a big song writing inspiration of mine, I love the honesty and rawness of his work. Actually an interesting story I went to see him play in November 2012 at the o2 academy in Newcastle and the day after sent an email to him, as I had heard that he tries his hardest to return emails sent to him by his fans, I also sent him a link to my soundcloud and now this was early on in my writing and playing when I was still finding my feet. Like the day after I’d emailed him I received an email back from Frank saying “hey chris
thanks for the mail and the kind words, newcastle was ace. enjoyed the tunes man. see you next time around.”
and since then if I’ve ever had a moment of doubt about my abilities as many songwriters and musicians may do from time to time, I would look at that email and think HEY NOW one of my favourite songwriters likes my stuff that’s got to mean something! Following that I would feel a lot better and just continue writing.
New video release coming 1st December on my homepage!!!



The Gentleman Busker & Savannah Betts  video promo screenshot

The Gentleman Busker & Savannah Betts
video promo screenshot

Buskers Blog: August 2014

September 11, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Well hello there my Lovely Ladies & Gracious Gents its that time again……. BUSKERS BLOG POST ENTRY


So starting off the month of August for the month and also the first thing I’m going to be talking about/ showing pictures of/ sharing stories and such with all you lovely lot, is something I briefly mentioned in last months post…….


Yes I had the wonderful pleasure to be invited to play upon the acoustic stage for Redscar Beer & Music Festival, a new music festival held in….. believe it or not REDCAR! (obviously)

The festival is held at  The Cleveland Hotel 9-11 High Street West Redcar (Main stage) The acoustic stage which I performed on was held in the Redscar Brewery which is attached to The Cleveland Hotel and also has an attached recording studio to that as well so quite an interesting place!

I tell you what I’m going  to walk you though the day through text and then show you some pictures from the day, sounds cool right? Yeah!

Okay so basically the day started off early, getting ready and all usual things like that, then I thought well I’ll keep myself busy until I have to leave, plus make some genuine Gentleman Busker stickers to  give out to all the lovely people at the festival.

Then I ventured out  to catch the bus from my home in  Morpeth Northumberland (small town country boy me you see!) To Newcastle Upon Tyne my spiritual home, from there I went to  the train station and had to catch the train to Darlington. Upon arriving at Darlo I had to make a mad dash to the next train, (which was already there) to Redcar IT WAS PACKED!

I then had to call the organiser Jim Hayden as I had nooo idea where to go when I arrived at Redcar, following the instructions I arrived at the venue and was given my free ale tokens. I then proceeded to listen to the 4 acts before me, make friends and sample Redscar Brewerys finest and then before I knew it, it was my time at the stage! Everyone was very attentive, took part in silly Gentleman Busker antics, seriously I wish I’d taken a photo when I was standing on the stage looking back at everyone with a sticker moustache stuck on their upper lips, it was quite a sight! My performance was well received and I thoroughly loved every minute of it!

After Playing I continued to hang out with my new found  friends, seeked out this amazing  fish and chip shop, got a little merry my friends in the  awesome punk rock band……



Click here for their website

Turned up so I hung out with those awesome guys, had a catch up and another couple of drinks, unfortunately as I had a long way to travel back I was unable to catch their set as they were playing quite late, though knowing them they would have put on an amazing show!

so yeah besides the return journey of a tired Gentleman Busker that’s my lot to write about for the


and hopefully I’ll get to do it all again next year… but get to be there for both days 😉

here’s some photos! 

  • Andi Grainger
  • Dave Brittle
  • Jim Woolley
  • Jonny Phage & Jim Woolley
  • Jim Woolley joined #stachselfie
  • Josh Westwood
  • Josh Westwood
  • Josh Westwood
  • The Acoustic stage brewery venue
  • Sara Dennis
  • Sara Dennis & Phil Cox
  • Phil Cox
  • Jim Hayden
  • Jim Hayden
  • Andy Brewster
  • Arcane 39
  • Dinnernanny
  • Landshark
  • One Man Revival
  • Street Party In Soho
  • The Running Colours
  • The Electric Cupboard



On the 12th I spent the entire day in the company of a fellow singer songwriter and friend, the gorgeous and incredibly talented…

Savannah Betts

Check out her Music Facebook page here

Because  we were  working on some collaboration stuffs, going to be getting a couple of live videos done up over at North East Recording, South Shields one of which will be myself solo performing one of my original songs and the other will be a cover  song of one of my favourite songs with the  lovely Savannah, we ended up practising more than just the one track too so perhaps sometime after we’ve done the first one there may be more who knows!?

After spending the day having a very prosperous and enjoyable practice with Savannah we went our  separate ways, my way led me to The  Dog & Parrot to perform at Cafe Wha? number 001

I got to enjoy some great performances by Constance Richardson, Nathan Newton and Tony Bengtsson and then it  was my turn at the mic, I really enjoyed Constance and Nathans performances and hadn’t seen them before, Tony however I have shared gigs with him before and man is he on another level he made himself a formidable act to follow as he kind of blew the house down earning himself a standing ovation. So I did what I had to do get up there GIVE IT EVERYTHING I HAVE and you know what? The gig  was great everything  about it plus I did  get this lovely live recording out of it!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN  TO ‘A Man Named Sue’


15th August

On the evening of the 15th  of August I decided to play around with alternative tunings and ended up writing some cool instrumental stuff in DADDAD Tuning.



daddad tuning  writing

daddad tuning writing

19th August

I attended Cafe Wha? number 002 to check out some of the acts + support my friend Jonny Walker check out his stuff its tasty

26th August

On the 26th of  August I did some home recordinggg (of  the daddad tunes + a whole mix of percussive instuments)



What can I say about this one.

Supporting bands

Rusted Hero


Dixon Did It

were awesome! and really set the tone for an amazing album launch for the  great guys in Death To Indie

the place was full to the brim of eager excited rock and punk rock fans there was an energy, an aura… of greatness  and excitement!

Death  To Indies performance was show stopping and what else could  you  expect from a group of mad canny punk rockers, headbanging  a plenty, lead singer full-on nudity (only covered by a well placed guitar) and towards the end nearly  everyone in Trillians were up on the stage alongside the Death To Indie gang.

I loved every minute of this gig  and will be listening to the  album nonstop for a very long time to come. It would be perfectly right at home on any Tony Hawks Pro Skater game, its just that good!

this  is the end of Augusts post see you  later guys n’ gals!

Much love GB xxxxxxxxxx!




July 2014

August 7, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Okay so this month of July I’ve mostly been taking some me time but I have also been working on arranging and organising various new bits  of media, photography, video and such as well as collaborative work with other musicians and friends the fruits of which labour will slowly become available for you  to see/ hear. I will keep you  up dated on the regular regarding gigs, new media and general buskings over on my social media sites:



however as you may have noticed the photographs on my homepage, its the first of the new media I have been working towards getting produced for you all to view and enjoy. The photographs were taken by the very talented Jay Dawson and I am really  happy with them and hope that you all like them! In other news I’m going to be playing my first ever gig in Redcar this Saturday for Redcar Beer & Music festival the website & event page for which is here:


Redcar Beer & Music festival facebook event page

Also I have started giving out free stickers at my gigs, which some people have stuck upon their upper lip and snapped off a selfie so I have decided to make this a thing…. If you get a sticker from one of my gigs here’s what to do…. unpeel the back of the sticker, stick it on your upper lip, selfie and then post it onto my Facebook or Tweet me the selfie on twitter including the hashtag #stashselfie

If you haven’t checked out my new photoshoot with Jay Dawson here it is again…. (sorry this blog post for July has come a bit late).

  • The Gentleman Busker giving it all in front of the Sage
  • The Gentleman Busker, busking on High Bridge Street
  • The Gentleman Busker looking thoughtfully in front of the Sage
  • The Gentleman Busker along the river front
  • The Gentleman Busker by the river
  • The Gentleman Busker admiring the architerture
  • Gentleman Busker by the river in toon colours
  • The Gentleman Busker, but first let me take a selfie
  • The Gentleman Busker singing on the stairs
  • The Gentleman Busker, Stairway to Heaven?
  • The Gentleman Buskers secret performance
  • The Gentleman Buskers secret performance 2
  • The Gentleman Buskers secret performance 3
  • The Gentleman Busker belting it out
  • The Gentleman Busker overlooking cyclists
  • The Gentleman Busker black & white in Blakes
  • The Gentleman Busker, busking in Blakes Coffee shop
  • The Gentleman Busker the entrance to High Bridge Street
  • The Gentleman Busker, busking on Northumberland Street
  • The Gentleman Busker, busking near the library
  • The Gentleman Busker, busking on the overpass
  • The Gentleman Busker, overpass busking

  • The Gentleman Busker on the quay
    Photo by Jay Dawson
  • The Gentleman Busker, busking along the quayside
    photo by Jay Dawson
  • The Gentleman Busker , bridge busking
    photo by Jay Dawson
  • The Gentleman Busker, busking in front of the Sage
    photo by Jay Dawson
  • The Gentleman Busker at the Tyne Bridge
    photo by Jay Dawson
  • The Gentleman Busker, busking in front of the Tyne Bridge
    photo by Jay Dawson
  • The Gentleman Busker, busking at the quayside
    photo by Jay Dawson
  • The Gentleman Busker playing on the stairs
    photo by Jay Dawson
  • The Gentleman Busker
    photo by Jay Dawson
  • The Gentleman Busker singing out loud in nature
    Photoi by Jay Dawson
  • The Gentleman Busker in nature
    Photo by Jay Dawson
  • The Genltman Busker in a quiet part of the city
    Photo by Jay Dawson
  • The Gentleman Busker Surrounded by nature in the city
    Photo by Jay Dawson



Until next time then Ladies & Gents, GB OUT!

Buskers Blog entry one. June/2014

July 3, 2014 at 10:18 am

Hey my lovely ladies and gracious gents!!!!

this is my first entry of my buskers blog, in which I will  be writing about some of my musical endeavours and adventures for June 2014 I will also include photographs I have taken and the photographs of some great photographers who have been snapping away at some of the gigs and such.

right so lets start at the beginning  shall we,

9th June 2014

The day started off with me being rather giddy riding the bus to go along to Curvy Sounds music shop in Heaton (a Newcastle suburb, for those who don’t know the area) to pick up my lovely Takemine workhorse of a guitar. I took it into Curvy Sounds previously to get some repairs done to the tuning pegs, apparently I’d been working her too hard. The majority of the day was then spent out on the street!!! Around the corner from Northumberland street, but  not quite far enough that I was at Grays  Monument. I sang and played my heart out for a good, made some money was spotted by a few friends doing some inner city shopping and one lovely lady/ passer by not only threw some money into my case also gave me some churros which were amazing! I continued to busk until my good friend and competition for the North East’s loudest singing voice MR NIC WOOD happened on by, though it was coincidence he met me there  busking. It was not  coincidence that we would meet that day.

I packed away my gear and finished my busking and myself and Nic then went on to join Natty Nasty and we all walked up to Bar Loco because dear ladies and gents Mr Nasty had organised between himself, Nic and I to perform a gig together at Bar Loco.

As usual Nic’s very particular and mind blowing sound blew the house down followed by Natty Nastys energetic, passionate and sometimes political dubstep-singing performance thoroughly enjoyed by all. I was the headline act for the show at this lovely intimate yet highly enthusiastic crowd of loco lovely people!

below I have included some links to respective Facebook pages of Nic Wood and Natty Nasty so you can check those guys out  and also a small selection of pictures I took on my phone at the gig (unfortunatly there aren’t any of me….. by the way what do people think about performers taking selfies whilst on stage good idea yay or nay? Get in touch tell me).

Nic Wood Music  Facebook page link         Natty Nasty Music Facebook page link

  • Seth Lakeman Favourited my tweet about him!!!! 😀
  • Nic Wood's sound check
  • Nic Wood performing
  • Nic Wood performing
  • Natty Nasty performing
  • Natty Nasty performing


11th June

As well as performing my own gigs and playing my own music I’m a big advocate of going to see local shows and supporting the unsigned and non major label signed musicians so this day I was attending the gig of some amazing talent and I mean amazing!

It was at The Head of Steam in Newcastle, £5 but to be honest you would have gotten your moneys worth of a fiver from the opening act alone! The night was kicked off by Bob Stork & The Heaton Playboys  who are a kickass fun loving cajun music band, with the finest triangle/washboard player I have ever seen, now isn’t that a statement you don’t hear every day!

Bob Stork & The Heaton Playboys played a great set of french/english language cajun songs and really got the packed out basement venue of The Head Of Steam pumping for the next band, who just so happen to be one of my favourite bands ever and also some  of the  nicest people and friends I know!


I love their debut album First Avenue,  I love their new EP Lily but nothing  compares to seeing them live high energy bluesy country folk that is sure to set your feet  into an uncontrollable dancing frenzy I love it!!!!!!!

The headline act I unfortunately didn’t have the pleasure of seeing  in their entirety but I did buy myself their first album and enjoyed thoroughly the songs I was able to hear before I had to leave the venue to catch my bus back home.

The Buffalo Skinners! What can I say I found them on spotify on my phone after having to leave the gig  early and I love it very glad I bought their album, here are a couple of photos I took at the gig.


  • Bob Stork & The Heaton Playboys
  • Holy Moly & The Crackers

12th June

Again I was supporting the local music community by visiting another friends  gig…..

…..SAM GIBSON!!! check out his stuff  heree

Sam Gibson Music

Yeah he put on a great show in my home town of Morpeth in the Black Bull and  I bought myself his new album, which is prettyyy cool and yeah was good  to catch up with him, not much else  to say so here’s some pictures!

  • Sam Gibson Performing
  • Sam Gibson Performing
  • Sam Gibson Performing behind this tasty ale
  • Sam Gibson Performing
  • Black Bull Toilet Graffiti Morpeth is classy like that haha!
  • Sam Gibson Performing

14th June

The night of the 13th of June I made up 70 Gentleman Busker Stickers.

The night of 14th of June I was bound to play at South Gosforth Social Club alongside some great  other acts and for a great promotions company and friend Elysium Productions.

However we shall get to talking about the gig in just a second. I being one that doesn’t live in Newcastle had to make prior arrangements for pre gig organisation for this specific gig, for sometimes I get booked for gigs that are  on days when I’m at my day time 9-5, this wouldn’t be much of a problem if I lived in Newcastle or held a drivers license. However my very lovely friend Rosa let me come round to her flat prior to the gig so I could borrow the use of the shower and get myself cleaned up for the gig (I work in a kitchen during the day so it can get quite messy!)

I don’t know what else I can say much about the gig really everyone was awesome I had a lot of fun the crowd was lush and there were two really great photographers there so I shall be stealing some watermarked photographs of theirs to she you and  also provide you with their Facebook page links.

I was playing alongside Tony Bengtsson, Lost in The Crowd, Pete Shaw and Bruce Carmichael everyone performed great and there was also lots of sillyness and fun going around as well  Also  I joined Lost In The Crowd up on stage for a cover of Little Lion Man and now some  phone photos. After that some  actual professional photos!

  • A view of the room from the mic
  • My music set up
  • "Stick with me through thick and through thin and I'll drink whisky while you sip gin"- Happiness is only real when shared- The Gentleman Busker
  • Dionne and Bruce Carmichael
  • Dionne and Bruce Carmichael
  • Pete Shaw and Tony Bentsson
  • Pete Shaw
  • Pete Shaw
  • Pete Shaw and Tony Bentsson
  • Stage side selfie and sticker territory marking
  • Tony Bentsson
  • Tony Bentsson and a rather excited Matt Hermon of Lost in the crowd.
  • Tony Bentsson
  • Tony Bentsson
  • Sticker territory marking
  • Sticker territory marking
  • Sticker territory marking
  • Myself and the lovely Rosa
  • Gentleman Busker Lager coming soon!
  • Lost In The Crowd
  • Lost In The Crowd
  • Lost In The Crowd
  • Lost In The Crowd
  • Lost In The Crowd
  • Lost In The Crowd
  • Lost In The Crowd
  • Sticker territory marking
  • Gentleman Busker Sticker Antics
  • Gentleman Busker Sticker Antics
  • Gentleman Busker Sticker Antics
  • Gentleman Busker Sticker Antics

Emma Lawton  Photography Facebook link                                                                       Mikey Anderson Photography Facebook link

16th June

So I decided to go and do some busking… but this time IN DURHAM!!! I had a really nice sunny day for it and took some photos for you all. After coming back to  Newcastle I was taken to a cool bar called Nectar which had a  Darth Vader disco ball and Bill Murray mural. I then performed at The Market Lane for their open mic night here’s some photos.


  • My gigging/busking gear
  • Just got off the train to Durham
  • Durham is pretty
  • Durham is pretty
  • Durham is pretty
  • Setting up for the first spot of busking
  • The view behind me on the bridge where my first busking perch was
  • Setting up for busking perch number two at the square
  • Broken string and no spares means that's busking done for the day.
  • I caught the sun a bit SUNBURRN!!
  • Darth Disco!!!
  • Darth Disco!!!
  • Darth Disco!!!
  • Darth Disco!!!
  • Darth Disco!!!
  • Performers at The Market Lane Open Mic
  • Performers at The Market Lane Open Mic
  • Performers at The Market Lane Open Mic
  • More Gentleman Busker sticker antics
  • More Gentleman Busker sticker antics
  • More Gentleman Busker sticker antics
  • a small flag tag on the way out

17th/18th June

Not a lot to say here open mic at Bar Loco on the 17th open mic at Osbournes bar in jesmond on 18th here are some pictures.

  • Performers at Bar Loco Open Mic
  • Performers at Bar Loco Open Mic
  • Me performing at Osbournes Open Mic
  • Sam & Jake performing at Osbournes Open mic
  • Sam & Jake performing at Osbournes Open mic
  • Sam Bosworth performing at Osbournes Open mic
  • Jake Houlsby AKA Suntrapp performing at Osbournes Open mic

26th June

And now we come to the final gig of June, it was my first time performing at Bubbles Bar in Ashington and my my was it a fun gig, I had my technical difficulties like one of my strings snapped in the middle of my set, but if you pretend it doesn’t really matter it won’t ruin the show for the crowd. I still had lots of fun and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. After my  set the mighty Death to Indie rocked up the show with their energetic enthusiastic rockin punk rock awesomeness I loved it they were great! A massive thanks to Bubbles, A massive thanks to Death To Indie a massive thanks to the crowd and finally a massive thanks to

Jay  Dawson over at Shutter Online for this lovely gallery of beautiful pictures he took of me playing and for creating this lovely gallery up on the Shutter Online website here is the link please do go and check it out! http://shutteronline.co.uk/gallery-the-gentleman-busker/


So yeah that’s it for this first entry on my blog thanks for

reading and viewing the pictures have a good one stay safe

Much love

The Gentleman Busker