Warm reception calms busker’s nerves

Letting the city hear his clarinet tunes on his first day busking is Peter Sutherland, of Dunedin, yesterday.

Mr Sutherland, who set up in Albion Lane, said he was concerned about possibly spreading Covid-19 while busking, so he fashioned a facemask for his clarinet out of a bandana he got while in Taiwan.

The bandana would catch all the breath that came through the clarinet while he played and barely affected the sound.

He already wore an eyepatch to help with double-vision and decided to add a pirate hat and parrot to complete the look. The costume was a hit with children and he was happy to bring a smile to their faces.

He had been a little nervous busking for the first time, but the positive reception he received from people had really built up his confidence, Mr Sutherland said.

He earned $2.70, which he decided to give to his nephew.

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