Page last updated at 16:39 GMT, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 17:39 UK

Boy busker earning 70 an hour

Calvin Prior
Calvin is inspired by American guitarists Slash and Jimi Hendrix

A 13-year-old busker who plays the electric guitar in Brighton is earning an average of 70 an hour.

Calvin Prior, who has already bought a 2,000 guitar with money he earned busking, plays rock riffs on the seafront and in Churchill Square.

He wants to earn enough money to buy a 1,100 amp so that he can play live gigs in the town.

Calvin's father, Richard Prior, said his son had been a music fan from an early age.

"He's been brought up on music, within the first couple of weeks of him picking up the guitar he was playing riffs that kids would die to play," Mr Prior said.

Meanwhile Calvin, who is inspired by American musicians such as Slash of Guns and Roses, Jimi Hendrix, and George Benson, said he busks for pleasure as well as to earn money.

"I come down here to enjoy myself, and because I want to get this new amp, which is 1,100.

"I'm hoping to get it by August so I can do some gigging," he said.

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Calvin Prior taught himself to play the guitar.




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