A recovering addict is travelling the UK with a PIANO – to share his belief that music saves lives

A recovering addict is travelling the UK with a PIANO - performing at beauty spots to share his belief that music saves lives. James Tofalli, 29, started the journey at John O' Groats, Caithness, Highlands, and aims to finish at Land's End, Cornwall, all while carrying his 270kg piano on a trolley and playing at beauty spots along the way. The former chef, who is now a fulltime musician, battled an addiction to 'zombie drug' Spice but went cold turkey in 2015 and found playing piano gave him something to live for. He now hopes to spread the message that music 'saved his life' and can also help others struggling with addiction and mental health. Moving footage showed him performing 'Children' by Robert Miles on the banks of Loch Ness, Highlands. James, from the Medway, Kent, improvises classic music covers in a blues style and has stopped off along such spots including Castletown, Thurso, Inverness, and Loch Ness armed only with his piano, trolley, and a small supply of food and clothes. He is already on his second piano - the first falling victim to potholes on the roads - and has been wowed by the response from people who have witnessed his performance. James said: "There has been so much positivity from members of the public, lots of beeps and waves which is all I need. "I've hand pulled the piano on a turntable trolley to here, but the last few days it's been made into an assisted trolley to give me breaks and a small amount of power. "Playing happens as and when the feeling is right. "I started on April 16 and expect to see Lands End at the beginning of next year. "There have been tough days but the public keeps me from stopping. This video was filmed on the 28th June 2021.

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