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Hey there folks and thank you for looking in to my wee (wee means little in Scottish) website and I’ll keep you posted of upcoming radio shows and live gigs. I also might discuss some other folk’s works and offer my unrequested opinion more often than not.

The Starved Peasant has been my band’s name since the early 1980s. I lived, together with my fellow musicians, acrobats, clowns and all sorts of other unusual creatures in unused blocks of flats in what then was West Berlin. It all started with an amalgamation of folk, punk, and a bit of Kraut-Hop (German Hip Hop), and my motto was always to work with new and interesting artists.

We toured a lot around Europe, and in some wild places on the African continent, equipped with a circus tent and about 30 folk plus our 8-piece band. It was awesome!

Today, living in Scotland, I’m still exploring ways and routes to making and producing music. I love both, acoustic instruments and electric power tools, but most of all I like exploring things.

When it comes to my radio work, after broadcasting under the pseudonym The Starved Peasant with Balou at 4 previous radio stations, I finally arrived with Exile FM in Leicester in 2017. At Exile FM we’re an eclectic bunch of renegade DJs (lots of us are runaways from another station), who love independence and music, and good programming.

Tune in every Friday night from 9PM UK time for a new and fresh LIVE edition of The Starved Peasant with Balou, only at Exile FM.

And if you missed last week’s live show, you can listen to and download the podcast by clicking here.


Scotland, September 2020

Balou (a.k.a. The Starved Peasant)


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Why I'm not wearing a mask 

I (ever so slightly) adapted a post I see popping up all over the place. I personally don’t mind if you wear a mask or something else that makes you believe you’re doing “the right thing”. I can’t wear a mask because of health issues. I tried in order to keep the peace, but I couldn’t breathe well enough within seconds of wearing the thing. But here is the point I’m trying to make. You might be convinced that wearing a mask will stop the virus from spreading. You might believe that you’re “protecting others”. It is your right to believe that. It is my right to not believe that you are “protecting others”. So please, please don’t wear a mask for my sake! Whilst I don’t run around the place pointing the finger at folk who wear their masks (sometimes painfully obvious that it’s the same mask over and over), please don’t bother me with your fear driven rhetoric about why I should be wearing one. For every argument for the mask, there are many against it. I’m not sure why folk don’t at least look at evidence based research, and just follow what they’re being told by their Governments. Governments who 4 or 5 months ago, at the height of folk dying told you that you should not be wearing a mask. Governments who for centuries have been killing folk, stealing from folk, lying to folk, and lots more. Now all of a sudden those same Governments are telling us the truth? I’m sorry, and I don’t mind if you call me a conspiracy theorist. I might even start folding alloy foil hats if that makes you feel better, but I don’t buy in to all the crap we’re told. It’s that simple. Love to you all. 

Why I am not wearing a mask - 

📷 I like to not just follow ill advice from Governments who lie, u-turn, and spread fear instead of reassure people. 

📷 I don’t “live in fear” of the virus; I just want to be part of the solution, not the problem. 

📷 I feel like the “government is trying to control us”. 

📷 It’s not all about me and my comfort. 

📷 If we all could ignore the Government’s simple steps, the fear could be under control, and we could have businesses back open. 

📷 Not wearing a mask makes makes me not complicit with ill research. 

📷 Not wearing a mask doesn’t hide my identity. 

📷 Not wearing a mask does NOT show that I am denying the virus, but that I live with the acceptance that there is a virus (one of many), which is currently not killing people. 

📷 Not wearing a mask says, “don’t wear a mask for me”, even if you believe the current Government narrative. It makes me considerate.