'Wee tunes' from the rotunda

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 16/01/2014
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MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/ Fairfax NZ
MUSIC MAN: Accordian man Jimmy McGuinness will be playing at the Timaru Botanic Garden Band Rotunda.

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If you're feeding the ducks at Timaru's Botanic Gardens this weekend, be sure to keep an ear out for the sound of accordions.

Jimmy McGuinness will be treating passers-by with tunes on his accordion - in the style of the Sunday afternoon concerts he use to attend in London.

After seeing the unused band rotunda, he decided to put on a concert himself. "There's a nice sound in the rotunda, they're built for that reason."

Mr McGuinness has "more accordions than fingers and toes" but will only be using four accordions on Sunday.

Each accordion plays a different style of music from classical to opera, but don't expect to hear Irish music, because Mr McGuinness said he only plays that on St Patrick's Day.

He said it is for pure entertainment, playing "wee tunes" that people can listen to while they feed the ducks or go for a stroll. When he plays people stop and listen and often give him nice comments about his music.

Originally from Ireland, Mr McGuinness started playing the accordion when he was 8 and was the London accordion champion in 1964.

He moved to Timaru in 2001, after living in Wellington since 1971. He travels around New Zealand playing. This is the first time he will be playing at the gardens' band rotunda. He will be there on Sunday for two hours from 12.30pm.

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