Legendary busker Toy Mic Trev’s back for a final farewell
AFTER more than 10 years, legendary busker Toy Mic Trev returned to the streets of Cardiff city centre for an emotional comeback following overwhelming public demand.
Our website WalesOnline recently discovered Toy Mic Trev, whose real name is Trevor Rees, was alive and well and living in Pentre in the Rhondda after disappearing from his familiar busking spot more than a decade ago.
The response to the story was incredible, with an unprecedented outpouring of joy and affection for the singer who always used a distinctive plastic toy echo microphone.
The tale quickly took on a life of its own, with readers sharing their memories of the little man with the big voice who used to sing in Queen Street.
There was one constant request among the thousands of comments and that was for Trev to make a return for one last farewell.
So we asked the crooner, who last week celebrated his 80th birthday, if he would be willing to revisit his old haunt for an impromptu performance.
Happily, he agreed. Trev said: “I would love to return for one last performance. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the story.
“It means so much to me that people remembered me and enjoyed my songs.
“I couldn’t believe the reaction. I haven’t stopped smiling.
“That’s why I decided to come back to Cardiff and revisit the old spot where I sang.”
As a toy mic was placed at the exact place where Trev used to sing, people looked on quizzically.
Crowds quickly gathered and Queen Street was soon filled with gasps and cheers as passers-by began to realise Toy Mic Trev was back.
Alongside hushed whispers of “Oh my God – that’s Toy Mic Trev” and “Remember him?”, a number of people whipped out their mobile phones, keen to snap a picture of the mysterious Cardiff legend.
Others cheered and clapped as Trev went smoothly from one song to the next, describing his performance as “amazing” and “fantastic”.
One woman who stopped to watch the performance said: “I think it’s beautiful to find someone who can stand there and sing and love it. And we’re loving it too.”
Another man said: “It’s fabulous to see Trev back. Well done Trev, back in town.
“He’s a childhood memory for many of us – old Toy Mic Trev.
“I can see his mic has changed colour, mind!”
In between songs, fans told Trev they were glad to see him back in his old spot while chucking a few coins in his hat which lay on the floor.
And while the older crowds instantly recognised the iconic Cardiff crooner, many youngsters also gathered around, equally enthralled by the commotion surrounding the legend.
One little girl could be heard asking: “Mam, who’s that?” with the mother replying: “That’s a legend.”
And the cheers didn’t stop after his performance – as Trev was then presented with a cake in the shape of a toy mic created by sugarcraft artist Gareth Davies of Let Them See Cake in Victoria Park, Cardiff. As his face lit up, the growing crowd joined together to sing a rendition of Happy Birthday.
“It’s been great. It’s nice to be back on my home soil,” Trev said.
“Can I sing another song now?”
Street entertainer Toy Mike Trev back on the streets of Cardiff