With a kitchen sink of instruments and influences from jug band and jazz to roots rock, The Buskers mix deep respect for the crafts of songwriting and arranging with a passion for the inventive possibilities of improvisation. From opera house to roadhouse, house concert to folk festival stage, they radiate warmth, wit, impressive musicianship, and a level of intimacy and musical maturity that come from having enjoyed playing together for over 20 years. The Buskers have produced four albums, including Every Day We Play a New Song (2013), Spank That Tambourine! (2009), and Ray's Vacation (2004), available on iTunes and CDBaby. 

Kathy (KZ) Sommer (acoustic & electric violins, mandolin, voice) has studied with the Turtle Island String Quartet, latin jazz maestro Eddie Palmieri, national fiddlers Matt Glaser, Mark O’Connor and 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 dances, taught violin and gave fiddle workshops.  She now lives in northern New York State where, when not touring with The Buskers, she plays freelance with a number of area bluegrass and jazz musicians and is a member of Northern Lights Orchestra.  She also runs an acoustic jam camp (fiddleheadscamp) with old fiddling friend Ellen Carlson (High Range Band) each September, and coached at the Pete Wernick Jam Camp in Silver Bay, NY.
Paul Hubert has added his soulful voice, versatile guitar styles, and witty, down-home songwriting to three Buskers albums and twelve years of live shows.  In addition to playing with The Buskers, he performs extensively as a solo artist.  His latest release, High Tide Will Come... (2012), features him on guitar, mandolin, bass, percussion, and harmonica, as well as singing and arranging in a wide variety of styles, and he has recently taken up the 5-string banjo.   Hippo Press likened his sound to “a cross between Muddy Waters, French café obsession era Iggy Pop, and Randy Newman.”  He is also a founding member of the rock band White Light and has a long-standing commitment to The Baker Valley Band, an old style wind band based in Wentworth, NH.  Starting out in the trombone chair, he now fills the responsibilities of conductor, composer and arranger for the band as well.
Multi-instrumentalist Craig Jaster (piano, bass, accordion, voice, percussion) grew up in Washington, DC and London, England. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, he accompanied modern dance in New York City before moving to New Hampshire, where he has gone on to play keyboards with distinguished jazz artists including Delfeayo Marsalis, Philip Hamilton, Tiger Okoshi, and the late Big Joe Burrell. He has opened for Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves, and the late great Ray Charles, and since 2016 has been leading the Craig Jaster Trio, with long-time Buskers drummer Tim Gilmore and bassist Brendan Dowd. He taught jazz piano at Plymouth State University from 1999-2004, and for many years chaired the Performing Arts Department at the progressive Sant Bani School. 

The Buskers tour and record with fine freelance drummers, including Tim Gilmore, who has performed with Lester Bowie, Marian McPartland, Fred Hersch and Tower of Power, and Kyle Tupper, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Canton, NY.  Drummers emeritus include Kyle Crane (Monte Mar, Crystal Bowersox), Ted Zarras (The Chicken Wire Gang, The Countdown Quartet), Bob Woodbury (USMC Bands, The Rusty Rockstar Roadshow) and the late Barry Nelson (Annie & The Orphans).