Gypsy Queens charity busk in Belfast
Published 17/10/2012 | 12:49
The Gypsy Queens have continued their ireland and UK tour with a charity busk inside the Titanic Building in Belfast.
The band, who have played for the likes of Elton John, Rod Steward and Prince Harry, played a free live set open to all.
All the proceeds from the busk went to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
The band plan to continue their charity busking tour stopping in Cardiff and Liverpool to continue raising money for local children’s hospitals.
In the last 11 years The Gypsy Queens have performed over 3000 gigs across the world without management, agent or set list, but their story begins over 15 years ago in Nice, France.
As individuals, the five members of the Gypsy Queens came to France in 1996, drawn by the rich and diverse busking scene that has given us artists such as Edith Piaf and Madeleine Peyroux.
Performing along the restaurants and terraces of Nice and playing to anyone and everyone they could in a town firmly rooted in the tradition of street musicians.
Consisting of an Italian singer, British double-bassist, a Mexican drummer, an American saxophonist and a Norwegian guitarist – the Gypsy Queens decided to form a band in 2001.
Whist still busking on the streets wherever they go, they have performed for Bono and Elton, for Robert De Niro and Chris Martin, David Beckham and Prince Harry, REM and Quincy Jones.