Last February, I was wandering down Government Street when I heard the strains of fiddle and banjo wafting up the the street. As I approached the source of the music, I came across a trio of street musicians playing some old-timey, backwoods mountain folk and bluegrass tunes outside the Bay Centre.
The three musicians, Jackson Allan (fiddle), Travis Smith (banjo, vocals), and Thom Hess (guitar, vocals) all live on Pender Island and they occasionally make the trip into Victoria to do some busking.
Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me the first time I saw them, but was able to film the guys a few days later when they were busking again outside the Eddie Bauer store.
Unfortunately, as the wind wasn’t very co-operative when I was filming, the sound quality is not the greatest, but still, the musical energy was there, and in the end I managed to have some fun with the editing process.
Jackson and Thom also play in a 5-piece old-time folk band called The Pesky Alders. You can get more info and check out their music at their website.