The Cambridge Buskers were a duo of British musicians, whose career began in the late 1970s and are now called The Classic Buskers, still going strong today.
Michael Copley and David Abraham Gillespie (Dag) Ingram met when they were students at Cambridge University. According to the liner notes of their first recording, their musical association began when they found themselves at the Blackfriars station without enough money for the fare to get home. In an attempt to raise the money from passers-by, they played The Entertainer and Eine kleine Nachtmusik for a while, until they were asked to leave by a London Transport official.
Subsequently, they gained international success with their performances and many recordings, and have performed in over 20 countries and in 15 languages. It is reported that at one point a Japanese comic strip was written about them.
The accordionist is no longer Dag Ingram, but Ian Moore, a talented organist, composer and singer (and a winner of the Doris Wookey Organ prize).
The Classic Buskers still write their own arrangements, primarily of classical works by famous composers. Ian Moore plays piano accordion, uses his voice, and occasionally other percussion instruments or props. Copley plays a variety of woodwind instruments, including flute, recorder, ocarina, and crumhorn.
- Some LPs were released under different titles in different countries.
- A Little Street Music (1977)
- Between Pub & Podium (1977)
- Not Live From New York (1979)
- Another Serious Album (1981)
- Soap Opera (1982)
- Music Abbreviation 101 (1983)
- The Cambridge Buskers Handel Bach (1985)
- The Explosive Sound of The Cambridge Buskers (1985)
- The Cambridge Buskers Collection (2007) ABC (Aust) Classics 480 0136 (4 CD compilation. Over 130 Tracks - most material including above LPs content & some extras from 1977 to 1985)