A SEA of buskers led by Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole strolled down Peel St yesterday in what was dubbed “probably the world’s longest busk”.
There were dozens of guitars, and even some fiddles, parading down two blocks with a collective rendition of Slim Dusty’s Lights on the Hill, to launch the 2014 country music festival theme.
Adam and Beccy wound up the epic trek when they arrived to a flock of eager fans waiting at the Festival HQ stage.
Adam said he was already excited for the 42nd festival next year and thanked the many buskers for joining in on the flashmob-style event.
“The heart and soul of Tamworth is this street and the buskers out there on the street,” he said.
“All the buskers sounded great this morning, even though Beccy’s guitar was out of tune.”
Amongst the playful banter between the two on the HQ stage, Beccy said the musical march of buskers was a great way to launch the next festival.
“I was absolutely thrilled to be amongst the buskers,” she said.
“The launch was probably the first time the song had been performed over two blocks.”
Beccy, who has been coming to the festival since 1992, said next year’s festival would definitely be on her calendar.
“I’ll continue to come until they throw tomatoes at me,” she said.
Cody Gunton, 12, from Tasmania, joined in with his guitar as one of the youngest in the busking parade.
He has been playing for two years and said following in the footsteps of Adam Harvey was a festival highlight.
“It was awesome, it was a really good experience to follow one of my idols,” he said.