My name is Kimwei and I am the Grand Bard of Exeter. I’m a singer-songwriter and spoken word artist and I believe that the bardic arts are needed more than ever now to build a creative and sustainable future. When you become Bard you take an oath, a commitment to the land and to be creative. The natural result of that commitment is climate activism – it’s the only course of action that makes sense to me.
As well as writing and performing songs, and words, I lecture in music to Masters level with pioneering enterprise AMSonline, and am a lifestyle experimenter and nonbinary trans activist. In day-time I’m likely teaching on Skype, recording, producing or writing. The role includes mentoring composition, songwriting, and percussive guitar students and teaching film music. I’ve also written percussive guitar materials for BTEC and songwriting materials for Foundation Degree.
On a summer’s evening, if I’m not performing you may find me parked on a hill overlooking the city, the doors of my live-in van thrown open whist noodles cook on a small gas stove, Leopard the Bengal cat up a tree nearby. Either that or you’ll find my in your driveway, surfing your sofa, or taking care of your house whilst you’re away.
I have been described as an inventive and expressive guitar player, composer and singer, and I like to use every available part of the guitar to make percussive sounds. In 2015 I was featured in three episodes of Guitar Star series 1 (Sky Arts UK).
I approach the guitar in much the same way I approach life – from a different angle. My lifestyle experiments such as only travelling by Fixed Gear bike for a year, living in a yurt, and running out of money on purpose in my self created £0 Challenge are chronicled on my blog/vlog.
As a singer-songwriter I self-released two albums and two solo acoustic guitar CDs. The most recent, ‘Nothing’s Binary‘ has been described as “truly original, indefinable, challenging, thought-provoking, poetic and haunting. Beautiful, spiky, intricate and dreamy” (Greg Hancock) ‘Refraction & Redemption’ is haunting and delicate, with a strong core of hope, bringing light to dark themes (David Healthfield). My music has been featured on Channel 4, BBC Spotlight Oxford, BBC Radio Devon and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s “Friday Lates”.