In this First Concert Ever segment, the singer-songwriter, Claire Bufalino, talks about her first concert ever. You can check out the feature, after the break.
This may not have been my first concert, but it was the first one that mattered. The Corrs were an Irish pop rock group that blended tradition Celtic melodies and instruments into their music. And I was obsessed. They were four badass sisters and their brother. And the one I was the most enthralled by was Caroline, the drummer. I had never heard of a female drummer before, and because of her, I was convinced I was going to be a drummer for years until I realized I was better off singing.
My whole family went to see them at this outdoor venue outside of Chicago, and I was ecstatic. I was briefly heartbroken when I found out Caroline wouldn’t be their drummer because she was pregnant, but I quickly forgot when the rest of the family took the stage. They had an energy and a connection to their music I had never witnessed before and rarely since. It was something about the incorporation of Irish folk, the connection to a shared history, paired with stories that we’ve all experienced.
And that connection to the past is something I strive for now in my music. I may write country pop songs about being a 22-year-old woman in 2017, but I never stop thinking about the music that paved the way for me, from the Irish folk of my ancestors to the country music that has taught me countless lessons. And I always do my best to pay tribute to those histories as well as the Corrs always did.And I didn’t realize until much later, but watching those confident women on stage was a powerful image for a young girl. Seeing in them the person I could become lit the fire that’s just gotten stronger.