“Folk impurists” with a smart, distinct voice and a kitchen sink repertoire of influences from jug band and jazz to roots rock, “The Buskers tap the street music tradition for which they are named, then go much farther, with serious musicianship, a sense of humor, and energy to burn.” (Weirs Times) Their sound is defined by deep respect for the craft of songwriting and arranging and a shared love for the inventive possibilities of improvisation.

Washington, D.C. native Craig Jaster (piano, bass, accordion, vocals) has played professionally since age 15.  A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, he accompanied modern dance in NYC before moving to New Hampshire, where he has gone on to play jazz with Delfeayo Marsalis, Tiger Okoshi and Big Joe Burrell and opened for The Yellowjackets, Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves, and the late great Ray Charles.   He has also recorded with many New Hampshire artists. including Rik Pfenninger and Sweet, Hot & Sassy, as well as a CBS TV production of the play On Golden Pond.  He taught jazz piano at Plymouth State College from 1999 to 2004, and is currently Performing Arts Department Head at the Sant Bani School, an independent K-12 school in Sanbornton, NH.
Kathy (KZ) Sommer (acoustic & electric violins, mandolin, vocals) has studied with latin jazz maestro Eddie Palmieri, the Turtle Island String Quartet, national fiddlers Matt Glaser, Mark O’Connor, Jay Ungar, and mandolinist Peter Ostroushko. She lived in New Hampshire for many years, where she played and recorded with the swing band Sweet, Hot & Sassy, played for contra and square dances, taught violin and gave fiddle workshops. Since moving to northern New York State in 2004, when not touring with The Buskers, she plays freelance with a number of area bluegrass and jazz musicians. She returns to New Hampshire every September to run a weekend-long acoustic music camp (www.fiddleheadscamp.com) with old fiddling friend Ellen Carlson (High Range Band).

Paul Hubert (guitar, voice) has performed extensively as a solo artist on classical guitar and as a singer/songwriter, and with various musical groups, including since 1973, the rock group White Light; in the 1980's as half of The Marty & Paul Show (a.k.a. The Party & Maul Show); and in the early '90's, with the new age group Earth Ecos. He also plays trombone with The Baker Valley Band, a central New Hampshire wind band. He has produced three solo recordings and recorded two albums with White Light. Paul has an ongoing relationship with the New Hampshire Very Special Arts program. His day job is teaching music at the Andover, NH Elementary/Middle School.

Drummers: The Buskers tour with fine freelance drummers, including  Tim Gilmore, who teaches at PSU and the Concord Community Music School and has performed with Lester Bowie, Marian McPartland, Fred Hersch, and Tower of Power; Kyle Tupper, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Potsdam, NY who performs w/ Two Man View & The K.T. Experience.  Drummers emeritus include Ted Zarras (The Chicken Wire Gang, Kathryn Whelan's Jazz Squad, The Countdown Quartet) who played with the Buskers from 2001-2004; Bob Woodbury (USMC Band, The Rusty Rockstar Road Show) and Barry Nelson (Annie & The Orphans) played on our first album.