WACFest 2021 Artist Reflections: Hiraeth

Updated: Jun 25

Hiraeth's Journey

Leading up to WACFest I was incredibly nervous! For those of you who don’t already know this, I have really bad stage fright. This has been an issue for me ever since I was little. So while part of me was extremely excited to meet the other artists in person and finally get to mingle with like-minded friends, the other part of me was super anxious about performing in front of people for the first time. What if I messed up and embarrassed myself? Oh, the humiliation! *back of hand touches forehead* (haha)

I practiced almost every day and was feeling pretty good about my set (I was going to play a full set of 12 songs!) Then, about a week or so before, I almost completely lost my voice because of allergies and practicing (that tree pollen can be a real jerk sometimes.) I was able to somewhat nurture my voice back to an okay condition, but was still having some issues with my range in the upper register. I told myself not to panic!

I’ll fast forward to the first day of the trip. I’ve never driven so far before (it was about a 15-hour drive for me). Without disclosing too many details, I’ll just say that my car broke down about 4 hours in. That was a bit of a nightmare, BUT the area I was in was really nice and the people were super friendly. I had to stay the night since my car couldn’t be fixed until the next day. Fast forward again. I got back on the road and finally made it to my destination at about 12am. It was such a relief to be there after all of that!

The rehearsal we had the day before WACFest went well despite the bad weather. I went out to dinner with some of the others which was so nice and surreal to be sitting at a table and eating with all of them. When I woke up the next day, I felt as ready as I could be to perform. I got to meet even more people and it was such a wonderful time! I first accompanied Alma Lahar as a guest singer for one of the songs on his set which was so much fun! I was nervous during my set and messed up quite a few times, but I didn’t feel embarrassed because I felt like I was with family. I was just happy to be there and so was everyone else. That made it so much easier. I even almost fell off the stool I was sitting on mid song! I just laughed about it because it was funny. I’m really not the most graceful person.

I received some really positive feedback afterwards and my good friend, Mama P even brought me flowers for making it through my first live performance EVER! I was so touched by that, that I dried some of the roses and pressed the others. The whole experience was a memory worth saving and those flowers serve as a reminder of how great of a time it was and how much it meant.

The ride back went much smoother than the ride there. Once I finally got home, it took a full week or two to get back into the flow of things. It was sad because I honestly didn’t want to leave. Meeting these people was like coming home. I felt like I had known some of them for a long time despite the fact that we had never met in person. That said, it just gives me something to look forward to and I can’t wait for the next one!

The WACFest performances will be premiering SAT. 6/26 and SAT. 7/3 @ 7:30p EST

on WAC Channels:

DLive: http://dlive.tv/whiteartcollective

Odysee: http://odysee.com/@WhiteArtCollective:a?

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=wac+tv

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