Orphans enjoy rare sounds

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A unique guitarist has visited a Kenyan charity to delight orphans with his rare sounds and musical magic.

Jon Gomm, who rose to fame when his music was publicised on Twitter by national treasure Stephen Fry, took time out of his hectic touring schedule to play a mix of tunes to abandoned children at the Happy House, in Watamu, Kenya.

The sing-a-long performance gave the children their first taste of the six-stringed instrument as they took part in a workshop led by Jon’s wife, Natasha.

A spokeswoman for the Children of Watamu said: “Jon told them all about how he makes many different sounds on his guitar, using it as a whole drum kit too. And many of them tapped along as he beat our various percussion sounds. He then added guitar, and voice.

“Before they got the kids singing along to Bob Marley’s Waiting in Vain, Natasha explained to importance of breathing correctly when you are singing.

“Our kids have never seen anyone like Jon perform before and watched with very serious expressions as they took in every move.

“Jon will also be giving introductory lessons to some of our children who have shown an interest or musical aptitude on the two guitars he has bought for us.”