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Dublin Busking Experience

Rated 4.89 out of 5 from 185 reviews.Dublin, Ireland

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Experience hosted by Ionut

2.5 hours
Includes drinks, equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We will explore Dublin from a musical point of view, while learning about local musicians and famous street performers. You will discover the vibrant street music scene of Dublin together with me, a singer-songwriter and experienced busker (street performer), learning what it means to live life as a full-time street artist. We will visit and explore three important landmarks - Henry Street, Temple Bar and Grafton Street. You will learn about the importance of busking for the Irish culture and become acquainted with the stories of famous musicians, local buskers and music-themed movies that were shot here in Dublin ("Once", "The Commitments").

We will also meet wonderful artists. Most musicians performing on the streets of Dublin are friends of mine, so we will stop along the way to tell you a few words about them and their music.

When we reach Grafton Street, which is the most important busking spot in Dublin (and one of the most famous ones in the world), we will stop to sing a couple of songs together, allowing you to experience street performing firsthand. In the end, after our little busking session, we'll wrap things up with a coffee/tea in a famous coffee place.
We will explore Dublin from a musical point of view, while learning about local musicians and famous street performers. You will discover the vibrant street music scene of Dublin together with me, a singer-songwriter and experienced busker (street performer), learning what it means to live life as a full-time street artist. We will visit and explore three important landmarks - Henry Street, Temple Bar and Grafton Street. You will learn about the…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Coffee or Tea
  • Equipment
    I will bring my guitar, because we will stop around Grafton to sing a few s...
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/ person
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Meet your host, Ionut

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I am Runaway John, a Romanian-born singer-songwriter living in Ireland since 2013. I am a full-time musician and busker, known for entertaining people with my music on Grafton Street and in various venues across Dublin. I started my music journey back in 2012, when I decided to quit my job as a PR Consultant and follow my passion for this art. In 2015 I recorded and independently released my debut album called "Un-Settling", which consists of folk songs I wrote since I started living in Ireland. Join me and fall in love with Dublin's songs and stories.
I am Runaway John, a Romanian-born singer-songwriter living in Ireland since 2013. I am a full-time musician and busker, known for entertaining people with my music on Grafton Street and in various venues across Dublin. I started my music journey back in 2012, when I decided to quit my job as a PR Consultant and follow my passion for this art. In 2015 I recorded and independently released my debut album called "Un-Settling", which consists of folk songs I wrote since I started living in Ireland.…
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Where you'll be

The Irish capital is famous for its street entertainment and busking (english term for street performing) is regarded as a valuable heritage for Dublin's history. We will walk and discover famous busking spots on Grafton Street, Temple Bar and Henry Street.

Many famous Irish musicians started their careers busking here. Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, U2, Rodrigo y Gabriela, just to name a few.

Rated 4.89 out of 5 from 185 reviews.

Susan
May 2019
We had a wonderful time on the busking tour. Ionut connected with the things we knew and taught us so much about the world of busking. It was a great way to see the city.
Raelyn
May 2019
Ionut was wonderful and kind! He offered an insiders view of busking and the artists view of Dublin! I highly recommend this experience!
Abbey
March 2019
John is amazingly knowledgeable about the Dublin music scene and the occupation of Busking. This tour is a must for any music fanatic or aspiring musician. John knows what he is talking about and will show the best of the City Centre. At the end of the tour he teaches you traditional Irish folk songs and allows you to play a song of your own!
John is amazingly knowledgeable about the Dublin music scene and the occupation of Busking. This tour is a must for any music fanatic or aspiring musician. John knows what he i…
Mélanie
February 2019
Ionut is a nice and talented person. The tour is really original and interesting, even for someone who knows a lot about music already. He truly knows and loves busking and you could not ear all of these information and stories somewhere else. This experience allows you to learn about busking obviously, but also music in general, discover Dublin and meet many singers along the way as they all know each other. You can even show your singing talent and have your minute of glory if you want to. Ionut can answer all of your questions during the tour and he is already available before, to give you all the information you need to meet him and everything on the day (he even tells you the weather, what more could we ask for?) This was a very nice experience and if you are hesitating, just don't, go for it, it's worth it :)
Ionut is a nice and talented person. The tour is really original and interesting, even for someone who knows a lot about music already. He truly knows and loves busking and you cou…
Michelle
December 2018
Ionut offers a genuine and unique experience in this busking tour of Dublin. Professional, kind, talented, and knowledgeable- he is the real deal and I couldn't have hoped for more. You *do not* want to miss this one!
Eleonora
December 2018
Really fun kind of tour. Ionut is a great host; he makes everybody feel welcome. We saw some great buskers and we really enjoyed it.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 15 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

You will definitely want to take pictures or videos, so I suggest having your phones or cameras at hand. Weather can be unpredictable, so please consider bringing an umbrella or raincoat.

What to bring

Camera

A smile and an open heart :)