Returning to the folk festival, after a chemo induced break last year felt epic. We opted for a one day only ticket, as we planned a chilled folk festival, with the kids in tow.

Quite literally in tow in their 1920s style wagon, Radio Flyer. To say the folk festival is a civilised event is an understatement, it’s incredibly chilled and so family friendly. We had our lunch in front of the main stage, on our picnic rug, surrounded by Morris dancers and a huge audience, all looking very relaxed and in for the day..

The food choice was amazing, we shared some Greek salad, Mexican wraps and the kids screamed and demanded pizza, we of course caved in and choose “peace and pizza”.

Post lunch, the sweltering heat ( 30+ degrees) hit us and we ran for cover in the main beer tent. A few pints (sparkling water, shhhh please don’t tell my Irish family, the shame is unbearable). Later we danced a few jigs to the incredible Irish acoustic sets in the tent. I’m transported back to Co Kerry and the wild singing and dancing to be had on the aptly named Wild Atlantic Way… lots of the musicians come over from Co Kerry, and indeed the whole of Ireland for the festival, so it must be good.

We enjoyed some of the American style sets on the second stage, before making our way to the totally chilled den and kids area… Here we heard some stunning acoustic sets by singer songwriters, tackling all sorts of subjects, even mental health, in beautifully crafted songs..

We swayed in the breeze, under the trees, feasting on luxury Jack Gelato ice cream; chocolate and rose for me and something strawberry ish for the kids…

We all got soaked in the river to cool off, and returned for more afternoon chilled music as the kids climbed into their Radio Flyer for some quiet time…It may not have been an all singing, dancing, jumping around event for us this year, with the kids (bedtime called long before Patti Smith entered main stage) but it was wonderfilled… and I’m not sure I’d have it any other way…

As the sun started to set and we were basking in that incredible summers evening glow, we wheeled the kids home, and I shed the tinniest tear as I felt so thankful for my place in this world.

Here’s a kiss from me to all of ye who have helped us on our way.


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