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By Joe McFarlane


A mad musician harmoni-can’t stop playing his instrument even taking it swimming, jogging and even into the shower.

The humble harmonica may never have hit the popular heights of the electric guitar, but that doesn’t stop Jules Borne taking his beloved instrument out and about around Kiama, New South Wales.

From light jogs around the beautiful coast, to intense works-outs, bathing and even showering, Jules is never without his precious harmonica.

Jules said: “As soon as I could breathe, I could play.

“When I was a young boy, I saw a travelling female gypsy circus and have been inspired ever since.” 

You may think running here, there and everywhere while tooting out some tunes may get you noticed, but for Jules, his humming harmonica has had quite the humbling effect.

Jules said: “Honestly, people just pretend I’m not there.

“It’s amazing that running with a harmonica somehow turns you invisible.” 

Jules’ dedication to practise does come at a price, as he learnt that swimming and harmonica practise sadly do not mix.

Jules said: “You’d be surprised how difficult it is to play harmonica underwater.

“Because I had the harmonica in my mouth I naturally tried to breathe in and play.

“I fully choked in-between strokes.”