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Billington Family Buskers
A family of musicians from Worcestershire who've taken to the streets to do some top notch busking.
Busking has a bit of a dodgy reputation - often the busker is a strange bloke with an ancient Spanish guitar doing bad versions of old Dylan songs - if they're over 40 - or dodgy Green day covers - if they're under 20.
In arts mad cities like Bath, York or Edinburgh you can get some high class acts gracing the pavement, but in Herefordshire and Worcestershire we still tend to get bad tin whistle players.
The family playing for Children In Need
The Billington family from Stourport are trying to change all that with some higher quality busking.
The five-piece began busking when Hannah was just 11, Thomas 14 and Beki 15.
They perform a variety of 60s numbers from the Shadows to the Beatles, and also some original numbers.
Dad Mike says "We enjoy busking and we always get a good crowd (for buskers).
"The kids earn excellent pocket money.
"People seem to like the fact that its a family thing."
The family helped raise money for the BBC Children In Need Appeal by joining in with BBC Hereford and Worcester's Busking The Beatles day.
You can listen to all the latest music from across the two counties on the Friday Session, every week from 7pm on BBC Hereford & Worcester.
last updated: 16/01/2009 at 22:58
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Have you seen the Billington's perform near you? Did you throw money into their buckets? Let us know what you thought of them!
Carol from Kidderminster
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