Kokopelli the Clown out to have fun and spread joy

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Clowning around is just something busker Jimu Grimmett loves to do and this week he has come to Gore to do exactly that.
Mr Grimmett, who is from Nelson, stopped in Gore on his way home from The Burt Munro Challenge in Invercargill last weekend.
On Tuesday, Mr Grimmett could be found in Gore’s Main St as “Kokopelli the Clown”.
“I used to be a furniture maker for 25 years and that was fine sitting in the workshop making fun furniture, but after a while I said to myself `I have got to get out and meet people’, so I became a clown.”
Mr Grimmett plays the saxophone, the ukulele and the penny whistle, and is a skilled juggler.
“It’s nice to just project music in the street and people across the road can hear you,” he said.
“Some people look the other way because I’m a bit outrageous.
“`I just like to have fun.”
Mr Grimmett, who is travelling the South Island with his wife, said he planned to stay in town for the Southern Field Days.
`What I’m about is actually changing the energy of the environment. There is too much red tape these days and I really hate that but I don’t concentrate on that. I just have fun.”
Mr Grimmett said he did not do paid shows and aimed to keep it “natural”.
“As soon as you tie it down to an actual format it takes the fun, the joy and the colour out of it.
“That’s the beauty of it.”