Tales from the Road – 10 Year Return

posterI had my first overseas concert in 2006.

It was at an intimate Pagan festival in Alabama, organised by a group based in Georgia, and it really was a week that changed my life. I had two albums out at the time, Herne’s Apprentice and Hills they are Hollow and somehow one of these had made its way out to the USA to the ears of the festival organiser and I was asked if I’d like to come and play the event. It was quite a moment for me. At the event I met lots of people, many of whom have remained friends and I’ve met them at other USA festivals since, and some have come and stayed with us in the UK. My concert was in a barn and completely acoustic and it was wonderful to play my songs to people in another country.

People started to talk about a new website called MySpace, asking me why I wasn’t on it? Or YouTube? And why wasn’t my music on iTunes?

It was while I was there that I made a commitment.

I imagined my last breath and thinking back to my life. I realised that I would rather have given 100% trying to make my music my living and failed than to be laying there wondering ‘what if I’d actually tried harder?’ I would register on this new social platform MySpace, find out how to get my music on iTunes, start a YouTube channel (whatever that was…?) and give my music everything I had.

10 years later and tomorrow I am returning to Georgia to play at the Caldera Festival, the first ever three day Pagan music festival in the USA. I’ll see some of those same people I shared that original experience with back in 2006, and I’m sure I’ll readily tuck in to some of the wonderful Southern cuisine on offer at the festival too.

It’s been an amazing 10 years so to mark that time will be a powerful moment.

I’ll let you know how it goes!

15 Comments

  1. Jasmine Ive May 25, 2016 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    It makes me happy to know you had that chance and you took it with both hands. It’s important to make the most out of every opportunity to the best of your ability. A great deal of effort from you paid off in the end, and I hope you have a good time. Wish I was there to see 🙂

  2. Gwyn May 25, 2016 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    See ya in a few, safe travels!

  3. Kathy Zimmerman May 25, 2016 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    I am so sad that again, I will have to miss meeting you. I had tickets and a whole two weeks vacation planned around the festival. My husband lost his job, long story short, I had to relinquish my tickets. At least I will buy the Green Album afterwards. Have a splendid time, Damh. Maybe another year.

  4. Sheryl. May 25, 2016 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Oh I wish I were going to be there as well. How wonderful to have believed in your dreams so much that now you are able to share your talents with us all. For that I am grateful, In my book your music is amazing. Thank you/

  5. Cat McEarchern May 25, 2016 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to hear you play live again. Thank you for being willing to fly a few thousand miles to share the power of your voice and your Awen with us. I’ll be helping in the artist’s area, so if you need anything, just ask.

    Cat

  6. Laura Capshaw May 25, 2016 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    And it’s thankful that I am you did! I found you on YouTube on the Winter Solstice 6 years ago, and a door opened wide.
    Thank you for making the effort 🙂 You have no idea how many lives you have changed for the better.

  7. Arthur Hinds May 25, 2016 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    I and many other folks have enjoyed sharing your journey. See you very very soon brother.

  8. Jennifer Chappell May 25, 2016 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    We had hoped to be able to make it, but it’s just not going to happen. Safe travels!

  9. Char Lewis May 25, 2016 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    I’m so happy for you. You’re living the dream.
    I truly hope that one day I will get to see you perform live, either in the UK, or here in Canada.
    So, safe journey, to you and Cerri, and have a great time!
    Blessed be.
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  10. Lauri Holmes May 25, 2016 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    I am so glad you made that choice ten years ago. Your music and message has truly blessed my life through very difficult times.

  11. Marla Roberson May 26, 2016 at 1:48 am - Reply

    I am so excited to hear you play in person again. Safe travels.

  12. Stu Fanning May 26, 2016 at 5:18 am - Reply

    You music has not inspired me quite that long, but nearly so. I wish I could be in Georgia for this festival, but will be preparing to conduct my first pagan wedding the following weekend. Know that seeing you live is on my bucket list! Hopefully many times. 🙂

  13. Maria May 26, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    I suddenly want to go to Georgia ! I am going to work on trying to get you here in the Vermont area!! You would be most welcomed!!!!

  14. Mark May 26, 2016 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    Travel safe young bard!

  15. Tom Osborne May 27, 2016 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Dave, You, your music and Cerri, may I add, have touched, influenced, and caressed many lives around the world. You should be, and I know you are, very proud of what you have achieved. I am privileged to know You and Cerri.
    Thankyou and Blessed Be and looking forward to the next 10 years. XX

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