3 December 2008

"This holy tide of Christmas, all other doth deface..."

Wandered around the city centre in Hull yesterday, doing a spot of Christmas shopping. Everywhere you go now you can hear carols, apart from in Princes Quay shopping centre itself (opened by Gary Davies) which was playing Secret Smile by Semisonic.

Hull is renowned for its long-serving buskers. A blind chap has diligently sat down next to M&S on Whitefriargate almost every shopping day for at least 30 years, playing his accordion. At this time of year he has a Santa hat on his head and some tinsel wrapped around his white stick. There's always a bloke playing - oh dear, don't actually know the name of this instrument - one of those harp-like stringed things except you place it on your knee and strum across it, rather than pluck it vertically. He was on Jameson Street yesterday, just outside Greggs.

Then there was a bagpipe player in Queen Victoria Square. Now, I'm not sure whether he was raising a few quid for himself or doing some charity thing, but he stood, in full regalia, playing carols on his bagpipes. As I wandered by, he was playing God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen so I put a couple of coins in his container - not because it's necessarily my favourite carol, but because it always makes me think of this (about 28 seconds in)...

... and this (first scene):

1 comment:

LF Barfe said...

Harp-like thing will be either an autoharp or a zither.