Sam Mardar (above), bassist with Dublin band Keywest, writes:
The public consultation for the new and very unfair rules the council are potentially imposing on Dublin buskers is over this Friday at midday. We decided to fly back yesterday from our single promo in the UK to help rally the cause with our old Dublin busker friends
We’ve learn’t a lot about what can be done by the public in these situations after working closely with keepstreetslive organisation who saved busking in a lot of cities in Britain.
We don’t busk here in Ireland anymore and haven’t done for a while! but we really don’t want to see Dublin lose its street performance charm! Public consultation is on Friday, you can submit a submission and have your say here.
Four buskers on Grafton Street, Dublin with their decibel levels
Shane D writes:
Further to all the Busking Noise Hullaballoo, some science is needed. I got interested in this one day during the summer when lots of buskers were out out of Grafton Street. I downloaded an app to measure decibels and which also allows you to take a photo of the source at the same time. The results were interesting.
The loudest busker I recorded was 93 decibels. That is almost four times louder than the average background street noise of about 74 decibels (The decibel scale is logarithmic). Most “miked-up” buskers came in at 90-92 decibels, though I once recorded one at 97 decibels! Non-boosted performers come in at 75-83 decibels. That is over five times times quieter than their electric cousins…
My mate Phil is doing a 12 hour Busk-athon this Sunday on Grafton Street for Pieta House. Plan is to sing over 180 songs straight with no repeats. If anyone would like to join in and sing or play a song with him or just support everyone is encouraged to come along!
His planned set list is here and his charity page is here.
In the latest of an ongoing series of ‘musical experiments’, Charles Yang (violin): Michael Thurber (bass) and Eddie Barbash (you’ll see) of Collective Cadenza add a little democracy into their busking (all in aid of the WingSpan Arts NPO).