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Hi, I am Helen & I am from Portsmouth/Southampton. My father is to blame for my love of Country music. I remember back in the ‘70s he bought a set of 6 Country & Western cassette tapes from a newspaper advert. I wore tape number 5 out by playing it so much! I would love to know now what was on that tape! Unfortunately in 1976 my father died and apart from what was on the radio (Terry Wogan in particular!) Country music was switched off in our house. Talking to mum now, we are not sure why and we have come to the conclusion that it wasn’t actually a conscious decision by any of us! My love was reignited in the 90’s when a trip to Calgary Stampede introduced me to Garth Brooks & Friends in Low Places. It was EVERYWHERE!! Every bar, dance hall, shop, radio station, TV programme. I came home with the album! Went back the following year & bought more albums. I kinda then went quiet again. It just didn’t sound right over here. A trip to the CMA Awards in Nashville started me off again (for the 3rd time!) in 2010. This time it was Miranda, Lady A & Carrie who had me hooked. Shortly after I got home I discovered Spotify which made all the Country music I was beginning to love easily accessible and then in 2012 the 1st C2C festival was announced. From there on in Country music DID sound right in this country. Not only that, everything else began to pale by comparison! I have been to all 4 C2Cs (& have my tickets for next year!) Last year I decided to branch out and give FSA Fest a go. Opened up a whole new world to me; UK Country artists, several of these artists had been Pop Up acts at C2C and some have since become friends. I have now become as passionate about them as I am about the US artists!