Chris Dance and Lisa Rowe join me to play Anthems For Change

I’m just over the moon to have had Chris Dance (vocals/fiddle) and Lisa Rowe (vocals/accordion) come on board to play my new songs with me in time for the spring! As you may know, I’m devoting this year to writing/performing/recording protest songs and it’s been a joyful surprise to have two great musicians wanting to join me for that, in what is fast settling in to a sweet trio. It’s a real invigorating experience to be making music with a band who have shared values, passions and a real belief that together we CAN change the world for the better! Here is our showreel. We’re keen to play, so please book us! An album will no doubt follow soon, likely to be called Anthems For Change. Lots of love xx

New blog “This Machine Births Change: Soundtracking The Climate Revolution”

For those of you who enjoyed my previous blogs on classic topics such as running out of money on purpose, living in a van (with a cat), living in a yurt with no electricity or travelling everywhere for a year on a bike with one gear, you’ll be pleased to know that I have an new blog, chronicling this year in which I’m devoting all my musical energy to music in protest. This Machine Births Change: Soundtracking the Climate Revolution is where you’ll find all my latest songs, performance media and thoughts on how to change the world for the better.

“Why am I devoting this year to making climate protest music? Because we need it. And, because the system is so broken that songs about things that really matter to us are not able to thrive. When it’s plain for all to see that Climate Change is the biggest issue we face today and yet it’s almost impossible to find a song about it on the Radio/TV/Streaming Charts, then something is seriously wrong.”

Love & Rage. x

Kimwei (he/him)

Kimwei leads band of folk musicians in Dartmoor Wildcamping Protest, Jan 2023

This was an amazing protest in which 3000 people came together to protect the right to wildcamp on Dartmoor. A scratch band of folk musicians accompanied the Spirit of The Moor, Old Crocken, to protect the moorland.

“Thousands gathered on Dartmoor in a peaceful protest to support the right to Wild Camp. The spirit of Dartmoor’s ‘Old Crockern’ was summoned by the many. A powerful and uplifting day after such an awful decision from the courts.” Arwen Stickland, Filmmaker, who captured it all in this film, below:

See my full performance at the first European Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival

It was an honour to open the first ever European Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival which took place in my part of the world : Exeter, Devon, at The Phoenix Arts Centre. I decided to put together a set that shows the range of what the guitar can do (as I see it) playing instrumental pieces and songs and using standard and extended techniques. For the longest time I have been in love with the level of expression that the guitar provides for me as a composer and a player.

When I was University (Guitar Institute 2003-6) I worked on extended techniques on acoustic guitar for some time before I found others who were doing the same, so I felt very connected to the spirit of creativity and personal discovery when I was starting to play percussively/lap style. It was a very magical time for me and it was my own journey. In fact, what can be achieved on the guitar still feels magical to me and I find myself moved and astounded every time I discovered a new sound that has been hiding in the acoustic guitar perhaps for hundreds of years. In this set I use altered tunings, play in standard position and with the guitar on my lap, also play a duet with an old friend – Kevin Harding – and another with a new friend Sando Norton and South West Dance Hub. Guitarlele and ukulele also feature.

Hope you enjoy watching this performance as much as I enjoyed giving it.

Kimwei to open Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival 2022

Hi all,

I’m really thrilled to be opening up the first ever Fingerstyle Guitar Festival in Europe, which we’re lucky enough to have here in Devon at the Exeter Phoenix.

I’ll be running an exclusive Masterclass in extended acoustic guitar techniques at 11am on Friday 9th Sept in order to kick the festival off, and then playing a full set at 1pm.

I’ve been working with the festival sponsor G7th Capos to get to grips with how capos can be used as an inspirational composition tool, and will be debuting my new compositions: A song, a solo guitar piece and a solo ukulele piece.

It’s so much fun to be back playing fingerstyle guitar again, after a break for the Pandemic. Join me, at Exeter Phoenix on Friday Sept 9th.


New Original Song to Celebrate Pride 2022: Come Out With Me Tonight

My fiancee Emily and I made a home video to celebrate Pride 2022 (London Pride is today, 2nd July). This song is about when you have to ask someone to accept a drop in privilege in order to be in a relationship with you, meaning they start experiencing discrimination in areas where they didn’t before. It’s something that can be hard to talk about and coming out isn’t always easy.

Please share this with anyone who needs to hear it, whether it might be for them or for someone they know. Sending love out to all those in the world who simply can’t come out because it’s a threat to their safety. Also, remembering that coming out and experiencing a privilege drop doesn’t just happen to the LGBTQ+ community, but to those who are disabled, neuro-different, those with invisible cultural heritages, activists and many more. We salute you. Let love find you.

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COME OUT WITH ME TONIGHT, by Kimwei, July 2022

Will you dare to hold my hand
and get shot down where you stand?
Oh everybody warned you.
Will you dare to hold my hand?
Did you have your whole life planned
and loving me will turn it upside down?
Oh never mind my darling
let it turn upside down.

Come out with me tonight.
It’s not gonna be alright.
Oh everybody told you
it’s not gonna be alright.
Come out with me tonight.
We won’t win if we get in a fight
Oh never mind my darling,
come out with me tonight.

Will you be here by my side
when my entry is denied?
Oh everybody warned you, will you be here by my side?
Did you hope to reach the stars
instead of walking down my path?
Oh never mind my darling.
Will you walk with me down this path?


‘cause we’ll lose and we will win
each other again and again and again.
Oh and everyone will tell you
how they knew that we would win.
And our path will catch the sun
and be seen by everyone
and everyone will follow
as we walk towards the sun.

Come out with me tonight.
It’s going to be alright.
Oh everybody will tell you
how they knew we would be alright
Come out with me tonight.
We won’t have to put up a fight,
Oh ‘cause everyone will love us
as we walk towards the light.

Come out with me tonight x3
Oh ‘cause everyone will love us.
Come out with me tonight.

Will you dare to hold my hand?

Kimwei to open Europe’s First Fingerstyle Guitar Festival

Wow! How amazing to see myself in this video with all these amazing guitarists! Me, Thomas Leeb, Antonio Forcione, Chris Woods, Kevin Harding and many more, at Exeter Phoenix, weekend of 9th-11th Sept?? GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Turns out that Europe’s first ever Fingerstyle Guitar festival is actually in Exeter (they must have KNOWN I was here!) and I’ll be opening it! Couldn’t be more thrilled and I’m SO looking forward to this weekend. Stay tuned over the coming months as I reveal my new vision for the acoustic guitar as I work towards my new album and giving you tasters of the brand new material I’ll be playing at The Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival!

Stand Your Ground – my song for the people of Ukraine

With love in my heart I wrote this song on March 2nd 2022 for the people of the Ukraine and recorded and uploaded it online as soon as I could. I was thrilled to have receive news that within 24hrs it had reached some people in the Ukraine. One woman wrote, “My family is at the Polish border right now. Your angel song has helped.”

Next a crowd of people joined me in Totnes and we sang the song together.

After that I was joined by an international group of 25 singers for this incredible splitscreen video performance.

We have this to say about the above:

“We are a group of professional singers and beginner singers who have come together – these are our voices, sending love in solidarity with Ukraine at this time. It’s worth also saying that despite the lyrics of the song focusing on Ukraine itself, there is no reason not to send this song out to all affected in any country affected by this conflict. Because I wanted the song to send our message in its most natural form, no auto tune or corrective editing has been used. Singers include two Ukrainian refugees who crossed the border safely only a few days ago, as well as singers in 8 different countries in total. We are sending angels now, with love from:

  • Kimwei McCarthy, Grand Bard of Exeter, UK
  • Ami Jo Lee, Singer, Devon UK
  • Laura Kamau, Singer, UK
  • Liz Franklin-Kitchen, Royal Opera, UK
  • Phil Hogg, Singer, Totnes UK
  • Tammy (Singer) & David Heathfield (Storyteller) Exeter UK
  • Tom Pottage, Musician, Nottingham UK
  • Adrianne Greenbaum, Singer & Professor of Flute at Mount Holyoke College USA
  • Jennifer Parnall, Singer, Spain/Canada
  • Kimaya Gurung, Storyteller, Kathmandu Nepal
  • Laura Collins, Singer/Vocal Coach, Birmingham UK
  • Oli Savill, Musician
  • Emily Grossman, Singer, Totnes UK
  • Andii Diamond, Singer, Birmingham UK
  • Marina Rolink, Singer, Glasgow UK
  • Alla Goeksu, Storyteller, with family and friends, Germany & Ukraine

You can donate to support the people suffering because of the war through any of the following

Red Cross:


Disasters Emergency Committee:

Thank you to the people of Totnes for singing with me, to St Mary’s Church for having us, and especially to Chris Dance for organising. Please share this video far and wide to encourage as many people as possible to send prayers, hope and angels to Ukraine. If you can send this to anyone in Ukraine or refugees of Ukraine, even better, since at this time morale is so important.

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