TOE-TAPPERS: Andrew Kumar delighted Gayndah shoppers as he played 'golden oldies' and folk tunes on his harmonica. Photo Shirley Way / Central & North Burnett Times
TOE-TAPPERS: Andrew Kumar delighted Gayndah shoppers as he played 'golden oldies' and folk tunes on his harmonica. Photo Shirley Way / Central & North Burnett Times Shirley Way

Harmonica magic on Gayndah's main street

LILTING notes lifted spirits and set toes tapping as Andrew Kumar's harmonica wove its spell on Gayndah's main street last week.

Wisps of 'You are my sunshine', 'Darling Clementine' and half-remembered lyrics brought us out of offices and onto the street to meet Mr Kumar.

Mr Kumar, "a migrant to Mundubbera in 1990", learnt to play the mouth organ in India when he was eight years old.

"Actually for 30 years I didn't play because over there somebody scared me - it will affect my lungs because of the pollution and all that there, but here I miss it," the musician said.

"An Australian friend inspired me, so I started again 10 years ago, and here I am now."

Here on our main street, he embraced our ears with Indian music, old time rock'n'roll and our two Australian anthems, Waltzing Matilda and Advance Australia Fair.

Mr Kumar would give a friendly nod and a wave to those who rewarded his busking, and chat with those who wanted to learn the skill.

Occasionally he would point to his collection of harmonicas, each in a different key, strapped to the back of his sound system.

How did he fuel his love of music in all the time he was not playing harmonica, I wondered?

"I used to play the guitar, but now with all the fruit picking and all that, I got ailment in the body - arthritis, tendon, elbow and all that - and so I stopped, and now I'm more into harmonica," Mr Kumar explained.

With the success of his busking over the last five years, Mr Kumar has produced two CDs, both for sale, should you prefer to take his gift of music home. 


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