I’m a folk musician from Devon, now based in London. I grew up in the countryside and green fields and the ocean are in my heart and soul, and my music. Although I love London and all of its excitement, often, I need to run back home to Devon, to reset myself.
I’m new on the folk scene. For years, I was too terrified to play people my music. Social media would have me believe everybody else was glistening with confidence - when the idea of getting up in front of people and playing them my songs - that up until now, nobody had heard - made me hands shake, my legs shake, my mouth turn dry and my voice constrict.
I desperately wanted to start playing, so I went in search of prescription medication to suppress my stage fright. It blocked the symptoms - and allowed me to play my first gig! - but it blocked my connection with the audience too, and the highs of sharing music with others. It was a temporary fix, not a long-term solution.
I found myself in Dublin for 6 months. There, on the open mic night scene, anonymous and with nothing to lose, I found my voice. I slowly, slowly started to play, live, without the prescription help... my hands still shook and my voice still wavered, but little by little, they got more steady. And little by little I started to realise how amazing it is, to make a connection with complete strangers, via a few songs that I’d written.
It’s not cured - but I’m getting there, I’m loving every minute of it. Thankyou for joining me on part of the journey!
Not just folk: I also write and play instrumental piano! Want to hear?