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The perfect band for weddings, fetivals and pub gigs.

Who are the Buskers?

Having met at the Horse and Groom pub in Castleside at the pub's Open Mic night (which inspired the duo's name), The Buskers formed in January 2009 in order to play a gig for a mutual friend. The pair are competent musicians and are focused on ensuring audiences have a great time, with many people being astounded at the size of the sound generated from two musicians.

The duo have clocked up several pub gigs over the years, the pair now perform mainly at weddings and private functions. Audience reactions suggest there hasn't been a single bad gig to date. Check them out an you'll see why.

Special thanks to Darren Dixon Photography for the use of his brilliant photos.

Tony Gilson

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Tony sings and plays guitar (6 and 12-string) in The Buskers.

Barrie McDermid

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Barrie sings and plays guitar and mandolin in The Buskers.

Gig List


Gig List

Some of the bookings below are subject to weather conditions.  It's important that you check our Facebook page for updates, or ring the venue before embarking on longer journeys. 

The last Thursday of every Month - The Fountain Consett open mic

Thursday 25th July - Scoop Festival. 

Friday 26th July - Wedding. Elizabeth Haddon, farm in Consett 

Friday 23-26th August - Derwent Fest 

Friday 30th August - El Pincho's Durham

Sunday 1st September - Consett rugby club Christening Paul Basey 2pm

Friday 6th September - The Derwent Manor Hotel

Saturday 7th September - The Arch Club, Stanley

Saturday 14th September 2024 - Wedding Provisional Hope

Sunday 15th September 2024 - Wedding, Lauren Michie, Le Petit Chateau

Friday 27th September - Crinnions Lanchester 

Saturday 5th October - The Ox Inn Stanley (Louise)

Saturday 12th October - The Horse and Groom Castleside 

Sunday 3rd November - Slayley Hall - Wedding (Alexandra Richardson)

Saturday 9th November - Leadgate Cricket Club

Saturday 16th November 2024 - New Monkey Club, New Kyo

Friday 29th November - Derwent Manor Hotel

Friday 6th December - The Demi (Private Party - Davie L)

Friday 13th December - El Pincho's Durham

Saturday 14th December - The Derwent Manor Hotel.

Thursday 26th Dec - The Horse and Groom Boxing Day Bash 

Tuesday 31st - Consett AFC NYE ticket party 

Wednesday 1st Jan - The Cricketers NYD party 

Saturday 18th Jan - The Demi private party, The Demi (Lee Stanford) 

Friday 7th February - Lanchester Social Club (Lanchester Vintage Club)

Saturday 22nd February 2025 - Venue TBC. (DB email 11/6/24)

Saturday 19th April 2025 - The Demi (Private Party, Lily-Jo, e)

Saturday 10th May 2025 - The Monkey Club

Thursday 15th May 2025 - Private Party, Ramside Hall (Kirsty Armstrong FB)

Friday 30th May 2025 - Wedding, Slayly Hall, Emily Lydon

Saturday 14th June - The Coach and Horses Annfield Plain Steve Sowden

Friday 1st August 2025 - Wedding Cheryl and Ian, The Manor Hotel West Auckland. 

Saturday 2nd August 2025 - Consett Rugby Club, Christening 12-5 - Amy Johnson.

Saturday 9th August 2025 - Wedding (Jim H) Venue TBC

Saturday 6th September 2025 - Wedding Beamish Hall, Amy Craig plus disco. 

Sunday 7th September - Wolsingham Show (Sarah Harrison)

Saturday 27th September 2025 - Private party venue TBC Jon Blackmore 

Thursday 2nd October - Wedding, Bowborn Hall, Abbey Lee (email)

Friday 10th October 2025  - Wedding, Runa Farm ref Ian Pearson (Tony) 

Saturday 25th October 2025 - Wedding, The Willows (Kev Siddle)

Wednesday 26th November 2025 - Wedding, Dalton Pump House, Jacqueline and Dan

Sunday 30th November 2025 - Wedding Derwent Manor, Adam Fearn.

Sunday 3rd May 2026 - Lana Slaley Hall, vows renewal 

Sunday 14th June 2026 - Runa Farm (Leanne Cain)

As always, please check with the venue before embarking on long journeys.