Hong Kong busker Dave May has plenty of street cred

Dave May, a busker from Scotland, plays his fiddle at his familiar Central spot. He has been busking in Hong Kong for 17 years. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Since 1996, Dave May has been on the fiddle in Hong Kong - not that he's doing anything illegal. The Scotsman from Stenhousemuir has been a busker, or street performer, in the city for the past 17 years but has often encountered police orders to move along. On some occasions, the shooing isn't polite.

Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 6:36am

Musical pioneer Ravi Shankar dies at age 92

Ravi Shankar performs at the Palace Grounds in Bangalore in February, in one of his final public performances. Photo: AFP

Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar, who influenced musicians ranging from The Beatles to violinist Yehudi Menuhin, has died aged 92 in the United States after surgery, his family said yesterday.

13 Dec 2012 - 4:13am

What's On


Veteran magician Harry Wong Cher-hong will give magic workshops today at 2.30pm, 5pm and 8pm, and tomorrow at 11am, 2.30pm and 5pm, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

22 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Pancake rising

DEJAY CHOI STAGED four concerts at last year's Hong Kong Arts Festival with local independent musicians Chet Lam Yat-fung and Ketchup (aka Ken Tsoi). The sold-out concerts should have been a milestone for the musician, who goes by the name of The Pancakes. But it wasn't the case.

15 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Practice makes perfect

There is an English proverb that says 'practice makes perfect'. Any musician will tell you how true it is. Leading musicians often say that it has taken them about 10,000 hours of practice to reach the top of their profession. Work out how many hours a day that takes.

1 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Attitude makes world of difference

'All of you have missed the point,' hissed a man sitting on stage. 'The story is about our team, how we worked together!'

Sighing, I reminded myself that he had good reasons to be overly excited.

13 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

What a night

Were you there? If not, then you missed a great night out with some of the finest musical talents in Hong Kong.

Organised by Young Post, the Pure Sound Summer Concert held at the Hong Kong International Trade and Exhibition Centre last Saturday attracted more than 300 readers who showed up to give their support. Many left the concert enthralled by the performances.

4 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Put to the test

For those veteran musicians of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra who have been asked to undergo an audition when their contracts are about to expire, the test is nothing less than a knife hanging over their heads. Long used to having their contracts renewed automatically, some have alleged that reasons other than performance are behind the move, which they claim is aimed at ousting them.

16 Jan 2001 - 12:00am