I first attended Cropredy Festival in 1997, but this year was different. On Thursday afternoon before Fairport Convention’s acoustic festival opening on the main arena, I played on the Field 8 stage. It was my biggest festival to date and made more exciting because so many of my friends – some of whom I’ve known since long before I even owned a guitar – were there. I also released my new EP, Gaia Dreaming, and I had “A Different Kind Of Normal” badges, too!
Playing at a festival I’ve attended for the past couple of decades was a new experience, but a brilliant one. I was lucky to be playing on the Thursday afternoon because it meant that I could then relax and enjoy the rest of the festival…despite gale force winds and torrential rain. Oh, and a leaky tent! Field 8 is a lovely venue. It’s just a few minutes walk from the main arena, but it feels like a community on its own. Plus their pizza and baked potatoes are delicious!
I’m really hoping to be back next year but in the meantime, here are a few photos. A big thank you to everyone who came to listen and especially Gerry del Guercio for booking me!