This post shows, that sometimes, everything falls into place for dreams to come true. Music has always been a big part of my family’s life, as I mentioned when writing about C2C Fest. Radio 2 was the soundtrack of my childhood. The radio was on far more in our house than the tele. We listened to it in the morning, Mum had it on all day so days off school meant I’d hear it all day time too, and then after watching some TV after school, the radio was put back on whilst we had dinner and more often than not stayed on in the evening too. When I was up in my room, I often had local radio or Radio 1 on instead.
That coupled to listening to various albums in the car and the good old days of downloading tracks off Limewire as a teenager, meant I listened to music a) all the time and b) from quite a lot of genres. Rock music was definitely a big part of my teenage years, but so was folk music. Mum and Dad are big folk fans and therefore the Radio 2 Folk Show was left on in the evening most weeks. Mike Harding’s dulcet tones introduced me to a wide range of artists. I got really into folk music for a few years between around 2008 and 2014 and have kept up with some of my favourites ever since (need to pay more attention now!) and one of my very favourite artists that pulled me in, in 2008 was Seth Lakeman.
6 years, it’s a long time in some respects, a blink of an eye in others. 6 years ago today, the world around me changed dramatically.
6 years ago today I was in hospital. I had the call I’d been waiting for, a day earlier than expected and I was in hospital in the afternoon, preparing to have open heart surgery the following day. I wouldn’t be writing this post today if it wasn’t for that. I first started writing as a way to process my emotions in the 18 months or so leading up to this day 6 years ago. It was a big part of my life and daunting to say the least.
Before I start, this post contains a lot of images that I didn’t take (linked to originals etc.) I only had my phone with me and wasn’t really close enough to get good images of most of the artists. A shame but I was more bothered about enjoying myself!
Back in March, my friends and I had a great day out at the O2 Arena in London attending C2C Festival. This three-day festival is a Country Music event held here in the UK. Since it’s inception at the O2 in 2013, where it was originally a two-day festival with Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw headlining, the festival has gone from strength to strength. In 2014 Dublin was added to the schedule, with the event taking place in both cities concurrently, with artists switching venues during the weekend a-la Reading and Leeds style.