SONGWRITER FINE TUNES HIS TIMING
BUSKING HANS-Joachim Schwalb says he will never stop singing.
The German-born singer was busking in Kelmscott last week and can often be seen serenading passers-by in various locations around Perth.
The Lesmurdie resident said he first became aware of his love of singing and music at the age of 12 in his hometown of Frankfurt in Germany.
“My first solo performance as a singer was during a Christmas service in Germany and I realised I thoroughly enjoyed singing to an audience,” Hans said.
He performs for audiences at a variety of venues, including performing arts centres, clubs and aged-care facilities, often raising money for charity.
“I recently had the privilege of performing at the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre, which helped to raise money to build orphanages in Vietnam,” he said.
“Two nuns told the audience the concert was raising money to help house 50 children who had no parents, so I was honoured to be able to use my gift of singing to help raise money for them,” Hans said.
The 65-year-old said while he loves performing in front of an audience in venues, his busking is more than just about making a few extra bucks.
“Busking is a great training ground,” he said.
“I use it to get my timing right and also to get over my stage fright.
“When I busk in the street, I find some people do not like it and glare at me, but others really love it and donate money so I give them one of my CDs.”
Hans says he tries to busk for as many people as he can, from the city to Fremantle and the suburbs.
“I have only been chased away by a security guard once in Claremont, but most shop owners are OK,” he said.
“I like busking in Fremantle because it is free, but when I busk in Perth I always make sure I pay the $25 a month for my licence,” he said.
Hans not only sings but also writes, produces and publishes his own albums with an emphasis on folk, country, gospel and classical music.
Singer-songwriter Hans-Joachim Schwalb busking at Kelmscott Shopping Centre.