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Juju
Vagabond



singer
Songwriter
Street musician

"With influences from Neil Young, Joan Baez, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Donovan, to name a few,
Juju Vagabond hits the road and takes on the streets with her guitar and harmonica, singing original songs about family, friendship, love and travels"

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A FEW WORDS ABOUT JUJU VAGABOND

This is the busking project of singer songwriter Juju Vagabond. A voice somewhere between Tracy Chapman and Neil Young, and musical influences ranging from James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez to Donovan: the music takes you back to the roots of American 70’s folk blues. It is also about the love of travelling: the spirit and soul of these songs are to be found on the open road.

Hitting the road for busking trips, whether by bicycle or by car, this is what it's all about! Music and travelling  go hand in hand, and these adventures are a great source of inspiration for songwritting.

 

It all started back in the summer of 2013 with a busking and cycling trip through Europe, which took Juju from the north of France all the way up to Oslo, cycling accross Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Sweden along the way. The idea was to play in the streets: this is known as busking. 

 

 

 

 

The idea was to both promote the music and help finance the trip. This wasn't Juju's first busking experience however: she learned the tricks of the trade back when she was an exchange student back in Montreal in 2010, busking in the subway.

 

For this busking & cycling trip there wans't an amp on board, so Juju had to get creative. Street performing can be tough, and the key to success was to be different somehow from other busking acts. Simply playing acoustic guitar unamplified and singing just was’t going to cut it ! To catch people’s eye and make a difference, something more was needed.

 

This was the birth of  the « one girl band » act, with a foldable cajon and tambourine in addition to the harmonica and guitar. All of the equipment was carried in what turned out to be a quite heavy trailer, despite weight efficiency measures been taken!

 

Back alive and well from that amazing trip, she decided to record a "One girl band", no-frills album, in just a couple of days, with just one mic, "early Dylan style"! 

 

From then on busking and travelling around became a major part of Juju's musical activity. But the "One Girl Band" act was soon dropped because although spectacular, it was quite strenuous and a lot to carry around. But also there couldn't be any quiet or more subtil finger pickingsongs, and people seemed to be more amazed by the act rather than actually paying attention to the songs themselves. So the foldable cajon and tambourine were traded for a battery powered amp.

 

In 2015 a new album was on the way, entitled Long Black Road. Songs about the road and travels, the people you meet, about the joys of standing at that street corner singing your heart out, or the pains of cycling up that huge hill with a trailer full of music equipement!

A new amazing busking & cycling trip took place  during the summer of 2015, on the eastern coast of the US and Canada, between Montreal and New York.

Other amazing busking & cycling trips have taken place since then, on the eastern coast of the US between Montreal and New York during the summer of 2015 or accross New Zealand during the winter of 2018.