Musical rarities at the St. James Court Art Fair

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 6, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 6 at 8:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It’s not every day you hear a juice harp being played in the street, and certainly not a didgeridoo, but at the Saint James Court Art Fair, the musical rarities can be found among the thousands of vendors in Old Louisville.

Rob Thomas came from Santa Fe, New Mexico to sell his didgeridoo's at the fair. It's an instrument he picked it up more than 20 years ago while spending time in Australia.

Once you’re proficient at it there is no limit to it. I can keep going (play music) I have no lack of air,” Thomas said of the didgeridoo.

Just down the street, we found Jimmy Jinx of Louisville. Dressed in over-alls and  an old time leather hat, Jinx had his juice harp ready to play. 

There were a few more traditional instruments.

Maxwell Mitchell was playing the cello – an instrument he said he just started playing two weeks ago.

“Come out here and practice. Why stay in the house and practice? It just increases courage and confidence and allows the cognition to flow quicker. I love it. I love it,” Mitchell said.

And love for music is what Micah Chandler has in his soul. Chandler was born with cerebral palsy 43 years ago, but he was born to play the violin.

I’m not disabled. People say I am, but I’m not because I’m out here doing my thing. If you’re not disabled, prove you’re not disabled,” Chandler said.
 

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