February was definitely a month of magical encounters ..a few days later I had a chance meeting with one of my songwriting heroines Mary Chapin Carpenter from America. I was due to see her at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, but I cancelled my flight to go on the Terry Wogan show. At a meeting with some former work colleagues at the Symphony Hall I mentioned Mary Chapin and they told me that she was performing there that very evening, there was one ticket left and did I want to go! It was the transatlantic sessions I had missed in Scotland, that very same concert.
I was so happy to be there I smiled, danced and sang all the way through. In the interval a man from North Carolina approached me and said “hey you look like you’re having a great time”.. it turned out he was the artist co-ordinator and he invited me backstage to meet Mary Chapin at the end of the concert. I couldn’t believe it. Meeting Mary Chapin was such a privilege. Her latest album ‘Ashes and Roses” is about love, loss and bereavement, and has such honesty and depth. My sister bought me this album for my birthday and it has been one of the most powerful albums I’ve heard. It’s constantly on repeat. I thanked Mary Chapin for this, and she was genuinely moved, expressing how much it meant to her that her music can reach other people’s hearts and how the songs she writes are expressions of everyone and experiences we share universally. She gave the warmest hug and said “we’ll meet again, this is a cosmic connection”.. I dearly hope so.. it was indeed a very blessed cosmic ‘celtic’ connection!