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Musician opens new music shop in Diss - for just one month.




Pete Cunningham has opened music shop on Mere Street, which will be open for the next month. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography
Pete Cunningham has opened music shop on Mere Street, which will be open for the next month. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography

Singer and musician Pete Cunningham is hoping to bring a little musical cheer to Diss high street by opening a music shop – for a month.

Mr Cunningham, who runs PJ Music, a website-based music books, instrument and accessories website, opened the store at the former Curry’s shop in Mere Street last Thursday.

Mr Cunningham usually sells his stock online or at festivals around the country, to which he has been to 28 this year alone, and is the largest supplier of traditional music books in the UK.

He decided to rent the vacant shop for a month to help bring both cheer to the high street and introduce as many people as he can to music.

“I had the idea last year but, at the time, the YMCA had the shop,” said Mr Cunningham.

“I saw it was vacant again and asked the landlord if I could rent it for a month and he agreed. It’s a perfect size and I’ve been busy moving in everything from kazoos, to violins and accordions.

“My idea is that anyone can pop in and have a look around, have a demonstration or try out the instruments.”

Mr Cunningham ran a music shop in his home village of Botesdale until 2004, before making the decision to move the business online, while travelling to festivals full-time.

His stock of instruments includes melodeons, accordions, guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, whistles, flutes, fiddles and bodhrans.

He also sells tutor books covering less well-known instruments, as well as those covering topics such as tuning, dance instruction, instrument care and maintenance.

“I want to make music accessible to all in the run-up to Christmas,” he said. “People can also bring in instruments for repairs and tuning.”

The shop will be open until December 31 and is a holding a music book sale with prices starting at 50p.



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