I always come back from Somerset all fired up to practice my instruments more. But rather than career around willy-nilly and not necessarily get anywhere, I should have a Plan. Why am I practicing? What do I want to do?
I need to do some work on my technique, both on wire and gut. Finger exercises, ap Huw figures, drills for fourth finger strength especially. Learning the shape of the instruments, being able to 'grab' octaves, fifths, other intervals without looking. Playing cleanly and confidently.
Refreshing the old repertoire first sounds like a good place to start as far as songs go.
Also technique. Fourth finger strengthening, strumming, using a plectrum. Agility, possibly ornamentation.
I need to stop talking about recitation and instrument and start doing it. Since I don't have much of a formal fixed repertoire for lyre, that sounds like a good exercise for it. I should probably start with a carefully-considered, perhaps composed, accompaniment, until I have an idea of what works and what doesn't and can improvise more.
More assured stage presence. Clean and clear melodies, played with commitment and consistent rhythm (no pausing to hunt and peck for strings). Accompaniment with a purpose - not wandering, aimless noodling that distracts and worries me (does this sound okay?).
Use recording technology to evaluate performance, get used to making/viewing videos of myself. In time, I hope I'll be making video tutorials for YouTube, and I should be comfortable with that process before the first one goes up.
Do it. I've spent so long not-performing, I'm building up anxiety about returning to the stage, and it undermines my stage presence. Practice what I want to perform, then go perform it somewhere confidently.
Confidence, confidence, confidence. I see a theme here.