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Great little interest story out of Scotland…
FRUIT picker Pavel Andoga can afford to chuck the berries after he was "discovered" tinkling the ivories in a music shop. The poor Czech student came to Scotland to make a few quid harvesting fruit but found himself signed up by a theatre group. Now he's got the posh threads to match his style after fans had a whip-round to kit him out for his big debut. Pavel, 20, arrived in Scotland two months ago to earn money to help him through his university music course. His take-home pay was just £15 for a back-breaking eight-hour day.
But his luck changed during some time off from the fields when he sat down at a keyboard in the Abbey Music shop in Arbroath town centre Special Owner Terry Wood said: "Before long, the shop was full of people and there were dozens listening from the street." Comedian and impresario Ronnie Coburn immediately booked Pavel for his show. He said: "Although I have heard a lot of musicians, when I heard Pavel I realised he was a bit special."
On Tuesday, Pavel appeared in Breath Of Scotland at the Webster Theatre, Arbroath. He played four numbers - The Entertainer, Let It Be, Autumn Leaves and a Czech tune called Jazz Etude. Pavel said: "It was great and I think from the audience's reaction they really enjoyed it. But I still can't believe what has happened. I sat down in a music shop to play for fun and ended up on the stage"
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