Busker strums his own way around nation
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.
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.