Every year around Easter I harp on about the National Folk Festival and how great it is. This year is no different. I just attended NFF and I’m going to spend the entirety of this post unpacking how wonderful the experience has been.
As per usual I feel like a sponge that’s been filled with music water. I learned so many things about all aspects of music making, as well as testing my musical stamina (playing music early into the morning tends to do that) . I caught up with old friends, and made some super cool new friends and ate the most delicious waffles in the universe.
It’s strange, every year I return to the festival it’s like I’ve never left. It’s almost like the uncanny valley - it’s a timeless place that doesn’t change, yet everything is also so very different. Time moves differently there.
One of my biggest takeaways from the festival is the compound effect of music as a language. This year I was beginning to keep up in the sessions in a way I couldn’t in previous years. I also didn’t loose the clarity or volume of my sound from the exhaustion of playing music into the night.
The longer I attend events like this and surround myself with other musicians who are passionate and skilful, the more I am certain this is the path I want to take with my life. I’m so grateful that the National Folk Festival exists. It’s seriously the most fulfilling musical experience I have all year.