In Europe a carny is a scary person who is on the darker, wilder side of the crusty
Typically wearing dreadlocks, goatie beards, stripey pants, various small bells, and pointy shoes, they are often skilled in juggling or fire breathing.
Commonly found all over Europe but particulary in Czeck Republic, Germany and Norway, not neccessarily having been born there.
They live in a world of red mushrooms with white spots, jesters, gnomes, trolls, dwarfs, chainmail, pointless medievil references and bad music.
They play freaky variants of guitars and mandolins and often speak in rhymes or riddles.
They are rarely seen on TV, One appeared on Ali G, singing a song about "the pixie people"
They dont listen to CDs, opting to play their own freaky rubbish. The closest thing to carny music you might find is a band called "folque" -