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The Violinist Of Hillsborough Street

David McKnight has been playing beautiful music on Hillsborough Street for a long time. Many street performers are somewhat transient in nature with regard to where they play, but David isn’t. He is always near the stairs to Mitch’s Tavern.

Dana over at gogoraleigh suggested that the “no hands king” should get a statue dedicated to him, or at least agreed with the idea. While I don’t disagree with the awesomeness of the no hands king, I think that David is slightly more deserving of such an honor. He has exposed college students to music they probably wouldn’t hear otherwise. I’ve been wanting to get a photo of him for some time, but the spring semester Hillsborough Hike presented the first opportunity for me to do so. He’s almost out exlusively during the day.

This was David’s tenth Spring Hillsborough Hike performance. For the past 10 years he has graced passersby with his playing. He plays lunch sets at Global VillageĀ on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


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