Ed Alleyne-Johnson is a British electric violinist and prolific busker. He has been busking since he was a Fine Art student at Oxford University in the early 1980s. He uses an electric violin he carved with a kitchen knife, a custom pedalboard, and an amplifier he modified to run from rechargeable batteries. This setup has enabled him to perform on the street in almost every major city in Europe, and across the United States and Canada.
He was a member of the English post-punk/alternative rock band New Model Army recording and touring with them for five years, with several concerts in Germany in over 200 concerts worldwide, supporting acts as diverse as Simple Minds, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, The Cure, Midnight Oil, and Faith No More.
He is married to Denyze Alleyne-Johnson in who was a singer in two of his earliest albums, Fly Before Dawn (1995) and 2020 Vision (1998). He and Denyze have two sons: Jago, who was born in 2001 and Connor, who was born in 2004. Jago currently plays football for Bolton Wanderers in their academy set up and in 2015, he and six school friends cofounded a football franchise called Propugnatore.