- Interview by: Robert Nelson – The Butterfly Man
- Interviewees: Nick Nickolas and Dick Finkel
- Original Recording Dates:
- Nick – November 16, 2011
- Dick – December 3, 2011
- Date: Aired: August 15, 2017
- Location: Recorded via Skype – Robert from Butterfly Acres, Pahoa, HI, USA, Nick from Glenthompson, Victoria, Australia and Dick from: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- Intro: “Buddy” Royalty Free Jingle available in Apple Computers’ GarageBand.
- Opening Muisc: “Look at ME” by: .357 Lover as found on ‘The Purchase of the North Pole’ recording.
- Nick’s Acceptance Speech Background Track #1: “Calliope Rag” played by Hokum W Jeebs on his ‘Piano à la Cart’ recording.
- Nick’s Acceptance Speech Background Track #2: “When You And I Were Young Maggie Blues” played by Hokum W Jeebs on his ‘Piano à la Cart’ recording.
- Nick’s Acceptance Speech Background Track #3: “Organordion Wattz”played by Hokum W Jeebs on his ‘Piano à la Cart’ recording.
- Nick’s Acceptance Speech Background Track #4: “The Song is Ended”played by Hokum W Jeebs on his ‘Piano à la Cart’ recording.
- Dick’s Introduction BGM: “The Entertainer” played by Hokum W Jeebs on his ‘Piano à la Cart’ recording.
- Closing Music: “Thank You” by: .357 Lover as played on ‘Diorama of the Golden Lion’ recording.
- Mixed and edited by: David Aiken for The Busker Hall of Fame
Comments: The votes were cast and the announcement made on April 1, 2017. Nick Nickolas and Dick Finkel were inducted into the Busker Hall of Fame by their friends and peers in the Busking Community.
Both Gentlemen being honoured this year have been recognized for their significant contributions to the community and the craft. Nick’s relentless drive and enthusiasm to make an audience laugh has driven a career that’s spanned over three decades. Beyond being a seasoned showman though, Nick is always pleased to share his knowledge with the next generation that arrives on pitch aiming to dive into the circle and live a life of adventure. Sadly, Dick Finkel passed on May 17, 2016, but the legacy that he left behind by creating the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival is one that has touched performers from around the world who’ve played the event and embraced the opportunities that were created there.
To celebrate the achievements of Nick Nickolas and Dick Finkel we went back and remastered the original recordings so we could re-release highlights of the conversations that Robert “Butterfly Man” Nelson had with this year’s inductees. Enjoy!