Derry’s Jack Craig in bid to become ‘Ireland’s Top Busker’

A Derry man is hoping to make an impression after making it through to the finals of a major television show.

Galliagh man Jack Craig will perform in front of the TV cameras in Dublin next month in front of judges as the show ‘Buskers Abu’ attempts to find Ireland’s best busker.

Derry singer songwriter Jack Craig.

Derry singer songwriter Jack Craig.

It’s a major coup for the Derry musician who has been gigging live around the North West for years.

His talents were noticed by events organiser Gerry McLaughlin who entered Jack into the national competition.

“When TG4 got in touch looking for talent, I was able to recommend Jack,” says Gerry.

“They liked what they heard and I think he stands a good chance of progressing.”

Speaking ahead of his trip to Dublin next month, Jack told the Journal he was looking forward to taking part in the competition.

“There’s a real buzz about it and I’m hoping to bring a crowd down from Derry with me so it should be good. I’m delighted that I got through on the back of the audition tape. I’ve done a lot of busking over the years and I’ve gigged a lot locally but with working full time I’ve had to cut down on that but I’m hoping to get back to playing more over the next while so this competition is a good place to start!”

Over the course of the series a panel of three expert judges, from the world of music and song, will whittle all the acts down to an elite group of ten. The Top ten will then battle it out, head to head, for the title of Ireland’s Top Busker and a cash prize.