SONG­WRITER FINE TUNES HIS TIM­ING

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

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.

Tim Mayne

Singer-song­writer Hans-Joachim Sch­walb busk­ing at Kelm­scott Shop­ping Cen­tre.

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