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Busker revamps performance with ‘No-Repeat Workday’

[Edition 69] ADELAIDE, Wednesday: There were shake-ups in the busking industry this week after acoustic guitar player Jimmy Wilson, based in Rundle Mall, introduced a ‘No Repeat Workday’.

Wilson… never repeats a song, even though they all sound the same

[Edition 69] ADELAIDE, Wednesday: There were shake-ups in the busking industry this week after acoustic guitar player Jimmy Wilson, based in Rundle Mall, introduced a ‘No Repeat Workday’.

The decision comes hot on the heals of flute player Mary Kennedy’s decision to limit her playlist to the greatest hits of the 80s, 90s and now.

“Only being able to play ‘American Pie’ and ‘No Woman, No Cry’ once will certainly make the day harder,” said Wilson, who said there were mixed responses to his institution of the no-repeat workday.
“Those in the shops around me seemed to appreciate the lack of repetition, but people putting in requests were disappointed when I told them I had already played a song that day and therefore couldn’t play it again.”

Fierce competition for the passerby dollar has forced many buskers to revamp their tired old performances.

“It’s all about market position,” admits Wilson. “If the public like this no repeat approach I’ll be able to move closer to the bank.”
In nearby Glenelg regular Kenny Masterton has promised listeners 10 in a row without begging.

“Until I get thorugh a full 10 songs I don’t hassle anyone for coins,” said Kenny who admitted it does mean more begging at the end of the ten songs.

“The only thing I stop down for is for a drag on my ciggie and the occasional ‘cheers brother’.”