With a kitchen sink of instruments and a repertoire of influences from jug band and jazz to roots rock, The Buskers tap the street music tradition for which they are named, then go far beyond, with serious musicianship, a sense of humor, and energy to burn.
They combine a deep respect for the crafts of songwriting and arranging with a passion for the inventive possibilities of improvisation. From opera house to roadhouse, house concert to folk festival stage, they radiate the same warmth, intimacy, and spontaneity that has won over audiences of all ages since they first heard each other at an open mic night in New Hampshire in 1993. The Buskers now tour throughout northern New England and New York State and have produced four albums, including Every Day We Play a New Song (2013), Spank That Tambourine! (2009), and Ray's Vacation (2004).
Kathy "KZ" Sommer plays acoustic and electric violin and mandolin with genre-defying abandon and lyricism. She now lives in Northern New York State, returning to New Hampshire each fall to run the popular Fiddleheads Jam Camp. Craig Jaster plays keyboards, accordion, bass, and percussion–often at the same time. He has performed piano freelance with many jazz artists, including Delfeayo Marsalis, Philip Hamilton, and Big Joe Burrell, and has opened for the late great Ray Charles. Paul Hubert (guitars, banjo, harmonica) performs extensively as a solo singer/songwriter. His latest solo, All Connected, was released in 2015.
The Buskers record and often tour with fine freelance drummers, including Tim Gilmore, who has performed with Lester Bowie, Marian McPartland, Fred Hersch and Tower of Power; and Kyle Tupper, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Potsdam, NY.