Showing posts with label Buskers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Buskers. Show all posts

Oct 13, 2018

Wordology, Sock and Buskin

The sock and buskin are the two masks, usually seen together that symbolize the world of theater/drama or comedians and actors. They represent the ancient symbols of comedy and tragedy.

In Greek theater, actors in tragic roles wore a boot called a buskin that elevated them above the other actors. The actors with comedic roles wore a thin soled shoe called a sock.

Interesting to know that street buskers, although entertainers, get their name from a different source, busk from Italian buscare to procure, gain, or from Spanish buscar to look for. The term is not related to the buskin mask above. 

Jun 8, 2018


Street performance or busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities. In many countries the rewards are generally in the form of money, but other gratuities such as food, drink, or gifts may be given. Here is a video LINK of two English buskers, the Dualers (Tyber and Sy Cranstoun) before they broke up the act. Tyber (on the left) graduated to recording and is still doing sold out live theater shows all around Southern England. Sy has also graduated to successful solo recording of his own albums.