IAN Watts calls himself a reluctant musician but with a collection of 201 musical instruments crammed into his house it's hard to say how reluctant he is.

After being told at school to never play music, Mr Watts ended up teaching himself how to play and read and write music.

Mr Watts has recorded his music before and has written many songs --- he's even made six women cry after playing for them.

RELUCTANT MUSICIAN: A small sample of Ian Watts collection of musical instruments from around the world. Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer
RELUCTANT MUSICIAN: A small sample of Ian Watts collection of musical instruments from around the world. Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer Declan Cooley

Though, good luck getting Mr Watts to sing for you.

Mr Watts has spent the last 16 years collecting new and traditional instruments from all over the world.

He's got a violin that dates back to 1700s as well as plenty of weird and wonderful instruments like a traditional African string instrument called the Kora or a traditional Mongolian horse fiddle.

For Mr Watts his collection's theme is based on what instruments are traditional to certain parts of the world.

Although he is fast running out of space, he doesn't plan to stop collecting anytime soon.

If you're lucky you might catch Mr Watts playing a tune or writing songs atop his staircase at his house in West Gladstone. 



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