Flamboyant Sidmouth busker Gypsy’s arena dream

VIDEO: Singer to perform concert in town

A BUSKER who’s stopped Sidmouth shoppers in their tracks has revealed how she still harbours hopes of gracing national arenas.

Singer Gypsy Watkins’ flamboyant costumes and make-up aren’t the only things that have caught the attention of townsfolk and visitors in recent months.

The mum-of-two’s stunning renditions of opera and pop classics in Market Place have won her scores of fans and new friends.

Gypsy dishes out a ‘lucky stone’ to every passer-by who donates coins while she sings.

She will take her talent off the streets and into Kennaway House for an ‘up close and intimate’ concert next Saturday (March 10).

Gypsy, who grew up in Manchester, first sang professionally at the age of 12 - but only took up opera four years ago.

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“My dream is to do arenas all over the world,” she told the Herald while performing in town on Monday.

“Everyone in Sidmouth has been so pleasant to me – they are more like friends than fans.”

Gypsy, who performs music ranging from classics like Nessun Dorma and Pie Jesu to hits from the likes of Bon Jovi and Robbie Williams, moved to East Devon with her family nine months ago.

Husband and manager, Purple, said: “People in Sidmouth have been brilliant. They adore her.”

Tickets (�10) for next Saturday’s concert are available from Kennaway House on 01395 515551, or on the door.

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