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By PHILIP CHANDLER

Former roving TV reporter Ian Sinclair plays flamenco guitar at a Creative Queenstown recital at Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall tonight entitled ‘My Secret Life’.

He’s thrilled to be playing in the town as his Arrowtown-born grandmother bought him his first guitar for his sixth birthday.

‘‘My big brother came home that day with both the guitar and a flamenco record and from that moment I was truly hooked,’’ he says.

In another local connection, his mum grew up on Arcadia Station, near Glenorchy, during World War I.

At the age of 22, Sinclair went to Spain to study flamenco, falling in love with the people and their music.

In ‘75, his arrest by General Franco’s secret police led him to switch to hard news reporting — his TV assignments later included Bougainville, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Latterly, he’s best known as a journo for TVNZ’s Sunday programme.

Tonight’s concert starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost $25, plus booking fee, from eventfinda.co.nz

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