Busker strums his own way around na­tion

Isis Town and Country - - News -

THEY’VE trav­elled Aus­tralia four times and funded the en­tire trip by busk­ing.

Now on the fi­nal leg of their jour­ney, Niel Pep­per and six-year-old Ruby, a kelpie cross, are per­form­ing for the Childers com­mu­nity.

“I’ve had a great re­sponse,” Mr Pep­per said. “I just love Childers. I’ve al­ways loved it here.”

Orig­i­nally hail­ing from Agnes Wa­ter, the pair are on the last leg of their fourth round trip in three years.

Mr Pep­per said people of­ten did not be­lieve he could fund his trav­els on noth­ing more than the do­na­tions thrown into his gui­tar case.

“I make at least $100 a day,” he said.

“The other day I played for two hours and made $87.”

But while the money may be used to fund their trav­els, he said it was not why he did it.

“It’s a real so­cial thing, that’s what I love about it. The money’s just a bonus,” Mr Pep­per said.

And as Mr Pep­per and Rudy travel from city to sea to the Childers coun­try, he said his tunes adapted and changed.

“I’ve just got to learn a bit more coun­try, es­pe­cially in a place like this,” he joked.

“But I like the vibe in Childers and their old-fash­ioned look of the town. Ev­ery­one is re­ally lovely.”

The pair plans to stay in town for two to three weeks. “I just love it. “I won’t busk ev­ery day, though. Other­wise people get sick of me,” he laughed.

PHOTO: ZACH HOGG

AUS­TRALIAN TOUR: Neil Pep­per is trav­el­ing Aus­tralia with his loyal dog Ruby and is doc­u­ment­ing his en­tire trip which he hopes to turn into a novel.

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