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The ‘singing plumber’ heading on tour in memory of mum

25 April 2024

51-year-old musician, Kev Crane, from Quorn in Leicestershire, begins his tour of the Midlands in May, fulfilling a long-held ambition. Dubbed the ‘singing plumber’, Kev’s extraordinary story has seen him land a record contract and sign a deal with a Hollywood film maker, after being discovered working on a plumbing job in the home of a music producer. 

Kev’s tour holds extra personal significance, as he will take the opportunity to celebrate his mother’s life, after she died in December 2023, and honour her wishes by raising funds for research into kidney disease.  

Kev doing his day job as a plumber
Kev Crane, the singing plumber

Kidney disease has affected my whole family

Kev’s grandad, uncle, aunt and mother all had polycystic kidney disease (PKD) before they sadly passed away. The disease has had a devastating impact. 

Kev says: “Mum found out she had polycystic kidney disease when she was 40 years old. She was fortunate she did not require dialysis because she received a transplant when she was 60, but it was such a long-drawn-out disease which she lived with until her passing at 77 years old. 

“She really looked after her transplanted kidney. She stopped drinking and would exercise regularly, but the over last couple of years she started to go downhill. Most of her time was spent in hospital or at the doctors. 

“My sister and I stayed with Mum in hospital for five days and never left her side before she passed away. She was nearly unable to speak by the end, but we had enough time to talk about everything we wanted to. One of her wishes was for me to support Kidney Research UK – as she did in life. 

“We had a very close relationship. She was our rock, and I was heartbroken when she passed away. It has been difficult, but having this tour to focus on has been helpful. I have to do this for her.” 

Using new-found fame for good 

Kev’s life has been a rollercoaster since he was employed for a plumbing job at the home of Paul Conneally, owner of New Reality Records, in 2021. After being overheard singing in the bathroom, the two chatted about their shared passion for music, listening to songs which Kev had self-produced during the coronavirus pandemic, after a 25-year hiatus from performing. 

When Paul released Kev’s music through his record label, Kev’s story was picked up by screenwriters in Hollywood who were fascinated by his journey – from giving up on a childhood dream to getting a second chance to fulfil becoming a musician. 

Kev with TV presenters on a US new show.
Kev during a tv appearance

Kev flew to Los Angeles to meet screenwriter and producer, Billy Ray – famous for films including The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips – and sold the rights to his life story to Billy Ray and award-winning writer and director, Stacy Sherman. A script has now been written by British sitcom and film writers, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais – famous for The Likely Lads, Porridge and Auf Weidersehen Pet. 

The story of Kev’s amazing rise to fame went viral and he has been featured by media across the UK and USA, including the BBC, ITV’s This Morning, the Washington Post and The Drew Barrymore Show. 

Kev says: “It’s bonkers really. You can’t quite believe that it’s happening to you. It feels surreal to be working with the creators of all these films and TV shows which I’ve watched over the years. To appear in so many publications and on so many high-profile shows has been bizarre.” 

Kev wearing headphones singing at recording microphone
Kev, during singing rehearsals

The ‘Boom Boom Boom Tour’

On Saturday 11 May, Kev begins his ‘Boom Boom Boom Tour’ of the Midlands which will take place throughout the summer and into the autumn. It will feature original songs, as well as some 80s classics. 

Kev says: “I’m excited to get going now. The first performance will be in my hometown of Long Eaton. I picked a small venue which was where we had my mum’s wake and somewhere she watched me perform in the 90s. I should’ve booked a bigger venue because I’ve had so many people asking for tickets!”  

Kev is very kindly donating 20% of the profits from the tour to Kidney Research UK, as we strive to improve the lives of people living with kidney disease. 

You can find more details about dates, venues and tickets on Eventbrite: Karen Crane Events - 6 Upcoming Activities and Tickets | Eventbrite 

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