Part 7 – Euro Tour Summer 2015

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IMG_20150811_144554Part 7 – the philosophical one with the poem at the end… SWITZERLAND DAY 2

Performed in the Absinthe museum today in the little Swiss village that invented the stuff. Performing with Daniel Waples on hang and Flavio Lopez on violin.
Still getting over the vibes from Ozora and the appreciation in Budapest. Steiner kindergarten teacher training has not eradicated the travelling bohemian musician vibe even a little bit evidently but I know which one has the advantage of a steady income and which one has the advantage of adventure.
Balance. Feeling grateful and philosophical. Probably waffle some more shortly, but although there are tests of patience and imaginary borders that shouldn’t exist to cross (who drew those lines anyway), after 2 years of floating mainly between depression and anxiety I guess it’s worth saying I’m content today.
Okay, I’m content now. Everything changes, anxiety is an every day thing really. No independent nature to thoughts, feelings or emotions, just flux, ebb and flow.
Been jamming on my lyre in a church this afternoon after the absinthe museum, the sun is shining and it looks like the story I started writing 10 years ago is actually going to turn into a real comic book. Still got a gig in Amsterdam to come and Wildheart Festival in Devon to compere. All good reasons to smile.

Epic gig this evening in a garden overlooking Swiss mountains followed by an even more epic jam. In the home of our amazing hosts Odile and Hedley, two of the loveliest people I’ve ever met – so welcoming, so generous, so interesting. Hedley used to be a doctor in England, he’s now learning to play the accordian and lives in Switzerland with his Swiss wife Odile who is a teacher, the friendliest, bubbly, adorable host you could hope for. She also organised our gigs we called her Mamajah (a combination of mama and manager.)

The gig at their house was amazing, people of all ages came, two of the music students who attended the masterclass performed. Toddlers chased the bubbles I blew. Dan amd Flavio played exceptionally well. I sang, I rapped, I danced. When most people went home around midnight we drank absinthe and jammed for another 3 or 4 hours with added cello and didge.

Odile and Hedley were more than patient they were encouraging and encouragable.


Estreya fugath…
Estreya fumar…
Si buenos noches
Rhythm like Swiss watches

Handpans and cellos beneath shooting stars
Fiddles and didges bridges venus and mars x2

Sipping absinth, thinking mad things
Where’s the cat been, and having mad dreams

From waterfalls to Batman doing his bat-thing
They used to say absinthe causes bad scenes

All I see is laughter, song, relaxing
And dancing observing others romancing.

A new view I spy with my middle eye glancing
New view on absinthe and reality – the whole damn thing.

Estreya fugath…
Estreya fugath…

Handpans and cellos beneath shooting stars
Fiddles and didges bridges venus and mars x2

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Part 5 – Euro Tour 2015

Part 5 – Hungary

Introduction: I’m singing, rapping and dancing with Hang in Balance, the collective of musicians centred around Daniel Waples and his hand pans (melodic metal drums you play with your hands.) This tour sees Daniel,  a friendly and talented hand pan player, and Flavio, ahilarious and extremely talented violin player from Barcelona and myself travel from Manchester to Milan to Ozora Festival in Hungary to Amsterdam via Vienna to name a few.

England, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary – 5 countries in 5 days. Ozora festival, or “psychedelic tribal gathering”, was a good place to stop for a while…

I don’t know what my highlight was. Highlight Tribe was a highlight. Olive Tree Dance was a highlight. Beats Antique was a highlight. The random guy who staggered past and randomly said to Flavio “this place is AMAZING! HAHAHA”  then walked past crying tears of joy was a highlight. Meeting Michael who MCs for The Orb was a highlight. Driving off site bumping Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen with Flavio singing along with the doors open laughing hysterically at the confused faces of the underground music fans was a highlight. And staying in accommodation run by an old Hungarian couple Flavio had started to nickname Mama and Papa was a highlight. We were surprised if Papa wore anything other than tiny swimming trunks (once he wore a shirt) , he walked around looking like a 60s weightlifting champion and it seemed like her entire family shared her genes for magnanimous bosom. They were great (the couple, not her couple.)

OKA from Australia was a highlight. Shpongle live was a highlight.

Oh yeah, performing at the Dragons Nest stage with Daniel Waples in handpan and Flavio Lopez on fiddle was a highlight. The crowd just got bigger and more appreciative. I sang and danced lots. Two Russian bellydancers joined us on stage. The crowd went wild. Yes Ozora.

So much laser-projection on so many handbuilt stages and structures and giant statues with epic psychedelic decor. Just wow. And it was sunny the whole time we were there. Take that UK festivals, up your weather game lol

Saturday we left for a beautiful gig in Budapest with one of the most attentive, responsive and again appreciative audiences I’ve ever had the pleasure to entertain. Thank you to Aniko and all the other organisers.

Thank you universe

Gracias Universo (Spanish)

Grazzie Universo (Italian)

Hvaleznost vesolja, hvala vesolje (Slovenian <grateful universe, thank you universe>),

hala az univerzumnak (gratitude universe Hungaria) 

Part 2 – Hang in Balance Euro Tour 2015 KPs Journal

part 2 Slovenia

Introduction: I’m singing, rapping and dancing with Hang in Balance, the collective of musicians centred around Daniel Waples and his hand pans (melodic metal drums you play with your hands.) This tour sees Daniel,  a friendly and talented hand pan player, and Flavio, ahilarious and extremely talented violin player from Barcelona and myself travel from Manchester to Milan to Ozora Festival in Hungary to Amsterdam via Vienna to name a few.

Last night we went to Slovenia and stayed in a sustainable community in infancy stage. The building was being renovated and the garden being harvested by the woofers working there.

We arrived to pancakes, I climbed the bell tower, we were fed omelette, we jammed by the fire and we shared wine.

The community is beautiful, the landscape is beautiful and I wish them luck and thank them for their hospitality.

Especially Helena who invited Dan, Vida and Petra. And of course Nara the fire keeper.

Check out http://www.parkistra.com

On the way to Ozora home to Psy Trance bunnies, where there are 23 of my Facebook friends even though I have never been to Hungary, ready to bounce...

Visual updates add “kpkevthepoet” on Snapchat…

Thank you universe

Gracias Universo (Spanish)

Grazzie Universo (Italian)

Hvaležnost vesolju, hvala vesolje (Slovenian <grateful universe, thank you universe>)

Part 2 UNFINISHED

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