Strings of Fire in online busking fundraiser

A Katoomba-based couple will be performing in World Buskers United next weekend to raise money for and awareness of one of the sectors hardest hit by COVID-19.

Katoomba-based Strings on Fire performing in Brisbane in 2018.

Katoomba-based Strings on Fire performing in Brisbane in 2018.

Mare and Nellie, who are award-winning violin/circus act Strings on Fire, will be part of the live stream event on May 30-31.

Mare told the Gazette: "When COVID-19 broke out, we were performing at in Panama, which is now being called the 'last festival on earth'.

"Some of our performing friends are still locked down in Panama - and will be there till June. We were lucky to get out through the military lockdown."

The pair started Strings on Fire in 2006 and have been performing full time ever since - everything from festivals like Glastonbury and Montreal Just for Laughs to corporate events across Asia and cruises around the Pacific..

When coronavirus hit, their performing world stopped, so they are delighted to be part of World Buskers United.

"We are very grateful to have the opportunity to do our first performance together since isolation, albeit an online performance," said Mare.

Nellie, who also a well-known performer in his own right ( will be presenting a solo show for the live stream as well as Strings on Fire.

World Buskers United - An online LIVE global Busker Festival is on Saturday/Sunday May 30-31. It will be 24 hours of live performances streamed into your home.

The shows are new, the stages are unique, the talent is big and the humour is about to explode. See