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Caught on camera: Newbury Spring Festival busks it with genius guitar-playing duo




‘COMPLETE stars’ said Newbury Spring Festival manager Ashley Morris after duo’s lunchtime busk in town on Monday.

This genius guitar-playing pair were regular buskers in Oxford pre-pandemic, attracting huge crowds of onlookers.

Then came lockdown, and there they were on BBC Breakfast, playing ‘Gig in your Garden’ for key and frontline workers and became something of an internet sensation with songs you know in ways you probably don’t in a flamenco fusion of pop and classical music.

Newbury Spring Festival - duo, Ben Bruant and Will Cashel Ref: 36-2221
Newbury Spring Festival - duo, Ben Bruant and Will Cashel Ref: 36-2221

Now they have a full-blown proper gig at the Newbury Spring Festival and were busking outside St Nics on Monday, with TV crew in tow to promote the festival.

Ben Bruant and Will Cashel met and formed ‘duo’ in 2011 while studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Ben was born in Le Havre and studied classical guitar at the National Conservatory in Paris before moving to London.

Newbury Spring Festival - duo - Ben Bruant and Will Cashel Ref: 36-2221
Newbury Spring Festival - duo - Ben Bruant and Will Cashel Ref: 36-2221

Will, born in Bath, won a scholarship to the Purcell School of Music at 14 before gaining a place at the Royal Northern College of
Music.

Together they have recorded four albums and performed their Flamenco fusion of pop and classical tracks around the world – to audiences including British and European royalty and events such as the Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Good Food Festival, G-Live and Smoked & Uncut.

Here's a snatch of their playing by newburytoday photographer Phil Cannings:

https://youtu.be/tEopz9bCU-E

For programme and ticket details visit

https://www.newburyspringfestival.org.uk/



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