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Hawaii - Buskers

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 23 July 2011

Sandi Toksvig is joined by country singer Hank Wangford to hear about life on the ranch with paniolo cowboys in Hawaii. There is music from cellist Li Lu who is accompanied by artist Johan Andersson, her rival in a televised international busking competition. And Sandi talks to seasoned busker Kevin Barry White about life on road with just an accordion for company.
Producer: Laura Northedge.

  • Hank Wangford

    is a country and western musician and songwriter. In the seventies Hank also worked as a doctor in a drug recovery tent at music festival; his encounter with Gram Parsons led him to country music. Hanks also writes travel articles for some main stream newspapers. He has travelled extensively most recently to Hawaii to find out more about the paniolo, the islands’ cowboys, and their music which went on to influence country music.

    Find out more about Hank Wangford
  • Johan Andersson

    is an artist he became the youngest ever person to be shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award and named as The Independent’s top 20 Artists 2008. His selected work was displayed at the National Portrait Gallery and in the same year he was also selected for the Jerwood Contemporary Painters prize.

    Together with cellist Li Lu, they took part in a televised competition for a chance to win £10,000. ‘The Art of Survival’ documents their journey as they are stripped of their credit cards and forced compete with each other to raise as much money as possible travelling from Athens to Edinburgh.

    Find our more about Johan Andersson
  • Li Lu

    is from Zhengzhou in China, she has played the cello since the age of five. After performing with the National Ballet Orchestra in Beijing for almost two years she decided to become a soloist and successfully auditioned for the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. She finished her studies in 2008 and since then has been teaching at a music school in Manchester.

    Find out more about Li Lu
  • The Art of Survival

    Six-part Sky Arts series starting on Thursday 21 July 2011

    Find out more about The Art of Survival
  • Kevin Barry White

    is a touring busker who works as a tree surgeon in London when he’s not abroad. He plays English and Irish folk music on his accordion and has busked in Bali, Thailand, France, Spain and Ireland. Kevin was given his accordion and taught how to play by his late father who was a great busker.



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