‘One-man band’ to join festival

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Li'l Chuck the One Man Skiffle Machine

LIL’L Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine is ready to make some noise.
The Christchurch-based performer will be entertaining passers-by this weekend during the 10th annual Southland Buskers Festival.

A “genuine one man band”, Li’l Chuck said his music had a blues, jazz and old time vibe and included original songs alongside some classics.

“I call it good time music, with old time style.”

Featuring kick drum, hi hat, harmonica, resonator guitar and vocals, Li’l Chuck said it would be his first time playing in Invercargill.

His first show during the buskers festival will be at the Esk St Pocket Park Music Pitch tomorrow at noon.

While performing, Li’l Chuck said he liked interacting with the audience. “I like to have a chat and talk about the songs. It’s a nice sit down and you could listen to some good music.”

He said there was a long tradition of one-man bands and street performance. “I like the surprise of it, people are always interested. It’s got a visual impact to it so audiences always like seeing what I’m doing as well as what I’m playing.”

Li’l Chuck said he was inspired to take up the trade by seeing a one-man band perform on the street.

“That’s what inspired me to do it, because I’d never seen anything like it.”

Along with busking, Li’l Chuck said he had a new album coming out in March, which he recorded in England last year.

The festival kicks off tonight at the Busker Stage in Queens Park, near the band rotunda, with the ILT Busker Cabaret from 6pm. Entertainment will continue until Sunday at various venues.

For a full festival programme go to venturesouthland.co.nz, or find Southland Buskers Festival on Facebook.

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