Old-Time meets New-Time meets Christmas-Time.
On December 24, 2011, Judith Avers, Emily Pinkerton and Ellen Gozion performed together for the first time at a late-night Christmas Eve service featuring American folk music. Throughout rehearsals, the songs fell in to place in an easy and gratifying way, and the service itself was magical. All three women felt it should not be the last concert.
Believing in their unique potential as a trio, firm friendships began to form and “The Early Mays” (a name drawn from a character in one of Judith’s songs) jumped into their first project: a Christmas recording!!
In the sweltering heat of July and August 2012, late at night in the sanctuary of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh, the ladies gathered to make live stereo recordings of their sessions. Starting out with the idea of making a record of Appalachian music, they quickly began arranging and writing their own wintry songs, inspired by American folk traditions, personal events, poetry, and each other. The “Christmas Sessions” were born.
The Early Mays have recorded their Christmas CD, but now it is time for the behind-the-scenes magic. That's where you come in!
We are hoping to raise at least $1800 with this Kickstarter Project.
If you are interested in being a part of this project, your financial gift will go toward covering these expenses:
Mixing/Mastering - putting the final shiny touches on our recording to get it radio and listener ready!
Final engineering costs - we have a few hours of "touch ups" to do at the church.
Production/replication - ho ho ho!! We need to get these lovely stocking stuffers printed and ready for delivery. : )
We would like to thank each of you for taking the time to read this, share the link with your friends and for considering being a part of our Holiday CD. We couldn't do it without you.
Thank you so much and see you around the tree!
The Early Mays
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Our CD Release is scheduled for December 1st. This is a pretty tight crunch for the band in regards to timing, mixing, and production but we have a clear outline in place and have divided tasks in a fair way and are confident that everything will be finished up and mailed out on time.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Oct 19, 2012 - Nov 12, 2012
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Unlimited access to all private Kickstarter project updates!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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An mp3 download card of The Early Mays' Christmas Sessions!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $2 to ship outside the US
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An unsigned copy of The Early Mays' The Christmas Sessions. This option is perfect for our backers who asked for a special reward option that allows folks to order Christmas presents for their friends!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $3 to ship outside the US
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Advance signed copy of The Early Mays new CD, an mp3 download card of the CD to share with a friend, plus a handwritten thank you note from all three Mays!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $5 to ship outside the US
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Two advance, signed copies of The Early Mays Christmas Sessions, a handwritten thank you card, plus a set of 4 May-made Holiday cards to send to your friends!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $5 to ship outside the US
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A signed advance copy of The Early Mays Christmas Sessions, plus a gift of May-made soap and cinnamon candy! Your name in the liner notes (if donation is received by Monday, Oct. 29th)!!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Ships within the US only
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Two advance copies of The Early Mays Christmas Sessions CD, One copy of the latest solo CD from each member of the band, a handwritten thank you card, and an mp3 download card to share with your friends! Your name in the liner notes (if donation is received by Monday, Oct. 29th)!!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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The Early Mays will record a personalized voicemail message for you! We will also send you two signed copies of our new CD and a handwritten thank you note. We can be as creative as you want with your voicemail message - a singing telegram, a serious poetry reading - you name it! Your name in the liner notes (if donation is received by Monday, Oct. 29th)!!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Ships within the US only
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A house concert in your home by The Early Mays! (offer limited to those within 100 miles of Pittsburgh, PA). 3 copies of new CD.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013Ships within the US only
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Executive Producer credits on our CD (if donation is received by Monday, Oct. 29th)!! You'll see your name in lights - holiday lights, that is. : ) You'll also receive 10 copies of our new CD, a thank you card, homemade soap and candy and the sweet satisfaction of knowing you made three kind ladies swoon.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012