In September of 2012, along with my wife singer Polly Messer, I did a two week Acoustic Tour in Poland. It was an amazing experience to be in the historic cities of Warsaw (the land of Chopin), Krakow, Poznan (where the Revolution began), Katowice, Pila , Szczecin, and Trzcianka.
Having toured previously in the land of my Welsh, Irish and Scottish ancestors, it was wonderful to experience the land of Polly’s maternal grandparents. They were the best audiences – loud and appreciative – and the people at the venues were the salt of the earth, inviting us to their homes for lunches and dinners, giving us tours of their cities and generally treating us like long-lost family members.
Before the show in Katowice (at the very unique, vintage auto-themed Old Timers Garage) we were relaxing backstage when one of the stage crew popped his head in and asked “Do you mind if I smoke?” I figured he was going to have a cigarette and, though we don’t smoke, I told him that was fine. 20 minutes later, halfway through the first song, I heard this loud hiss near my feet. “Is there a large cobra on stage with me?’ I wondered. I saw Polly’s startled look of surprise, too. Suddenly a cloud of fog engulfed my legs and began floating to the ceiling. “Ah OK, stage smoke!” He proceeded to go a little crazy with the stuff, really over the top, with the lights and even bubbles. We loved it!
The musical experience that night, as on all the other nights during the tour, was not lost in translation. The folks in Katowice even presented me with their own unique “Golden Piston” award and gave Polly a big bouquet of flowers. Like I said, the people of Poland are the salt of the earth. Na zdrowie!
To see some video highlights from that night’s concert click HERE.
© 2013 by Grayson Hugh