Mini Attack Bristol buskers playing to pay for uni and Children in Need
A TRIO of 11-year-old musicians are drawing crowds in Broadmead as they attempt to busk their way to university.
Twin brothers Raul and Jacob Gibson and friend Molly Hardwick recently formed their group Mini Attack with the hope of raising enough money to secure their future education.
The talented youngsters got together earlier this year and have since wowed shoppers with their selection of classic funk and pop numbers.
Their journey into live performance has even led them to jam with singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, as well as pick up their first ever gigs at live music venues in Bristol.
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Molly, Raul and Jacob, pictured from top, who attend Redland Green school in Redland, have already started a YouTube channel, Twitter and Facebook page to build up their profile and “save up for uni”.
Father of Jacob and Raul, Nick Gibson, said: “The kids are well aware of how expensive university is going to be and they know if they carry on doing what they are doing it’s going to make the whole thing easier.
“They have had such an incredible response out on the street, drawing crowds in the city centre who really take to them.
“It’s given them a great sense of confidence and the more they play the more they feel like they can take on any challenge.
“They totally love to perform and have made the possibility of actually busking to save up for university fees a realistic one.”
Raul, who has been playing the drums since he was three, plays the “cajon” – a sort of drum box – when busking.
He said: “I started playing drums using all the pots and pans in the kitchen. My dad bought me a drum kit when I was a bit older and I have been playing ever since.
“After I finish school I want to go to college and study music and, after that, university.”
Jacob, who plays bass guitar, said: “We don’t really do pop music because we are not really into pop. We prefer to play old stuff. We enjoy it more.
“The first time we played was great. I didn’t feel nervous. It was a lot of fun.”
Molly, who sings in the group, said: “We have always been friends at school and one day they invited me around to their house to play music. We worked well as a group and we have never had any problems since then.
“The first time we played out I was quite nervous when we started but then we got into it. I still get butterflies every time before we play but it goes away as soon as we start.
“The reaction from the crowd is always great. It’s a good feeling and makes you feel like you have done the job well.”
This summer the group had the chance to meet Ed Sheeran at a wedding and the star ended up playing with them. Jacob said: “He was really great fun and he taught us loads. We just sat down and talked about busking because that’s how he started out, too.”
Their set includes old hits like Somebody Else’s Guy, Roxanne, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover and Higher Ground.
They have played at The Fleece and The Station since first drawing crowds with their busking.
You can also follow them on Twitter: @miniatakbristol