I’ve been thinking, quietly, a lot about creativity . . .what it is, how creative people are perceived and how creative we can be in any walk of life and how that can often scare most people to death!

Once again, I’ve been going back to Arthur Ganson, Astor Piazzolla and the eulogies I’ve listened to about friends who have died over the last 15 years.

Ian Carr and I were lucky enough, several years ago, to do a house concert in Boston for Arthur Ganson, and be honoured enough to have time to talk with Arthur, who is someone whose thought processes absolutely make my heart sing.

He, like the Brian Eno talk I heard online recently about Creavtivity – is it a luxury? – explain so very clearly, to me, why we need to have, nurture and explore creativity in ourselves, our life and our education.

See what you think. . .

When you do what you love and then need to earn a living from it, it can throw up all sorts of problems because you need to balance what ‘sells’, what people ‘want’ and what you, as a creative artist, need to put out there. I say ‘need’ because creative performers do have a need to share the wonders they find in this life / world with others.

I have often thought it would be much easier to just do what I do in the confines of my home / garden – play music, make bonkers illustrations and ‘art’ (whatever that is) because I spend a lot of time trying to explain what I do and why and have now realised (after 40 years), that it really doesn’t matter very much to most people but it matters a lot to me.

The point is, that there is no time to waste in trying to explain and much better just to ‘do’.

Moreover, despite how ‘uncool’ creativity or the music / art / architecture / ideas that I personally like are to the outside world, governments or panels who decide anything. . .that is of little importance too because I create anyway, as do most people who love being creative and exploring ideas.

It’s what makes us tick.

Without it, we wither.

It’s a free world. I need to put some of things I do out in the  public domain and more, these days, not.

So, I feel less like explaining and more like doing which often makes me giggle. . .and when I think back at how cross I used to get about how I felt a lot of the music, the musicians, the artists (who worked tirelessly at their craft) were disrespected and ignored, for the most part. . . and how successful so many, quite dull and creatively-lazy people became, so easily because of hype or reasons which I couldn’t fathom. . .

Memories make us smile broadly.

I often talk endlessly. I think my obituary will say something like

“Karen Tweed talked A LOT’.

I’ve always tried to explain too much and now I’m doing that less and less.

I’m starting a tour this week of bits of England with the great composer, arranger and performer, Timo Alakotila.

I’m very excited about the music we are about to play – it’s been over 18 months since we did just that.

I’m also very excited to catch up with old friends in Newcastle, Malvern, Wylde Green and ofcourse, that mad Birmingham. . .musicians who inspired me from age 13, like Mick Mulcahy (accordion), Mary Bergin (tin whistle), Tom McElvogue (flute), Patsy Moloney (flute) and Brid  Harper (fiddle), Peter McAlinden (tin whistle), Eilish Byrne (fidde). . .and creative / gorgeous people like Jamie McCoan (video editor), Theo Gibb (accordion tuner), Tina Cook (qualitative research), Lorraine Carpenter (agent and museum curator), my Dad and many of my students and friends who, just by their way of being, are so very inspiring to me and make me giggle my shoes off.

I can’t thank them enough.

Plus, we’re releasing, on download only, ‘Bootleg Panini’ – a recording I made nearly 30 years ago with Adrian Burns. So this week we have music where I kind of started and where I’ve arrived at.

Quite a circle.

Here’s the May Monday tour below (plus other dates beyond that) – we had a nice evening at Wylde Green yesterday and many thanks to Sarah Jones for singing and playing for us, and to Jamie and Sue McCoan for helping make the evening a great event.. . . and do have a look at the wondrous work Tom McElvogue has put into both the new May Monday website :


and my website


There’s some fun new t shirts available (with various painterly designs and cartoons by yours truly) and when you enter the websites, you’ll see, on the left hand side, icons of all sorts of planets I’ve never visited like facebook, LinkedIn. . . so that you can easily spread the word.

Please do.

And have a look at this link that Lorraine Carpenter sent to me this morning. What a guy. . .


Mind yourselves,

Kt x



ROUND AND ABOUT . . . . . .



From: Tony O’Nions <nitoniow@gmail.com>
Sent: 06 November 2015 14:57
To: Me
Subject: Bonchurch Theatre Company 

After sell out success of their last two productions  Breath and The Millennium Plays Bonchurch Theatre Company are performing two more new plays,
exploring independence for women. Under the umbrella title Breaking Free each of the one act plays has a distinct focus


In John Goodwin’s Faltering Steps  recently widowed Doris’s life has been dominated by her late husband.
Control of her own finance is foreign territory to her as is the power over her own destiny. How can she break free when her own son betrays her?
The play is set in 1959 and has an autobiographical narrative.
Infinite by James Willis concerns a young woman who suffers from anxiety and is afraid to leave the house
that’s become her own personal prison. Will an unexpected friendship with her postman enable her to break free ?
The plays will be performed at Ventnor Exchange at 8pm on 2nd and 3rd of December.

‘A triumph…gripping thought provoking work’

Tickets £5 Tel 716767

Tony O’Nions



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