REGINA – Days after their mainstage performance at the Craven Country Jamboree, buzz surrounding the Dixie Chicks continues to build after a video spur-of-the moment performance in downtown Regina was posted online.
The video, apparently shot Saturday on Scarth St. mall, shows Dixie Chicks member Martie Maguire borrowing a fiddle from a local busker and playing a short song.
David Sayer has been playing the fiddle since childhood and busking in the Regina downtown for the past 12 years. He said he had no idea who Maguire was when she first approached him.
“She told me that she could play a fiddle, so I told her, ‘well, play me a tune.’ So she played one tune and after I asked her to play another one and she said, ‘no, I gotta hurry. I gotta get to the mall.’ So I didn’t see her after that, but I heard she was one of the Dixie Chicks,” he said.
The video was posted Saturday to the Facebook page of The Court Yard Hounds (a Dixie Chicks side-project featuring Maguire and fellow Dixie Chicks bandmate Emily Robison), and soon began circulating on Facebook and Twitter.
Some news media mistakenly reported fellow fiddler Bill Paskaruk was the busker in the video. That doesn’t bother Sayer who said the two are friends. “What would I be upset for? He’s a musician like I am,” he said laughingly.
Sayer said Maguire didn’t tip him.