ANGE Takats was one of more than 30 acts at this year's Tamar Valley Folk Festival.
But unlike many touring musicians who have time to travel around the places at which they perform, the festival was a fly-in, fly-out affair for the Sunshine Coast singer.
After two concerts on Saturday and another yesterday morning, Takats packed up and headed for the airport for her flight back home.
``That's what happens when you have a day job _ I had to get back for Monday morning,'' she said of her second visit to the festival.
``I had a great time, there's something really special about the Tamar Valley festival _ it's really personal and was the perfect place to ease into a tour of my new album Arva, named after a town in Canada where I lived for a little while.''
Takats said her musical influences included Joni Mitchell and Billie Holiday.
``I used to be a foreign correspondent in Bangkok with Reuters and during my time there I started singing, teaming up with some Thai musicians and then launching my solo musical career,'' she said.
``I moved back to Australia many years later and began playing the folk festivals and recording albums, but it all began in Thailand.''
Takats said she was delighted when her application to perform at this year's Tamar Valley Folk Festival was accepted and she was able to return to one of the country's friendliest festivals.