Search for Ireland’s best busker

Buskers in Ireland are being called on to showcase their musical talents on a new show on TG4.

The Irish language TV channel is hoping to find singers and musicians to enter their competition to find Ireland’s top busker. They have started to take applications already and the show will be recorded early next year.

Search for Ireland's best busker

Here is what TG4 had to say:

Calling all singers and musicians in Ireland! It’s time to take the busking turf wars to the next level in TG4’s new talent search show looking for Ireland’s top busker.

Everyday, on every main street in Ireland, singers and musicians busk for the public. Now they’ll have the chance to busk to the nation.

If you’ve performed on the street, or in front of a small or large audience; whether it’s just you with a guitar, or a group of singers or musicians, then this is the stage for you.

The series will be recorded in RTÉ Studios in late February, but applications for the show are being accepted now. From the applications, 100 acts will be chosen for the recordings and they will have their chance to showcase their talent to the nation.

Over the series a panel of 3 expert judges, from the world of music and song, will whittle all the acts down to an elite group of 10. The Top 10 will then battle it out, head to head, for the title of Ireland’s Top Busker and a cash prize. Competition is open to all ages.

To apply for the series, please call 01-284 3877 or email laura@adareproductions.ie

There are countless talented musicians performing on Irish city centre streets. It is a great opportunity for them to showcase their skills to a larger audience, and also for a TV audience to hear the talents of people they may not usually have time to stop and listen to.

Do you recognise this busker, performing in Dublin last year?

Written by Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling.
His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.
You can follow him on Twitter and

Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling. His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys. You can follow him on Twitter and

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