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The Emily Askew Band would like to release it's debut album! Help us by pre-ordering your CD and choosing other special rewards
The Emily Askew Band would like to release it's debut album! Help us by pre-ordering your CD and choosing other special rewards
139 backers pledged £3,433 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome to my Kickstarter page!  I have spent much of my life playing both folk and early music, and to me, the further back you go, the smaller the gap is between folk music and classical/art music. When I play tunes from many hundreds of years ago, I don’t see rigid historical artifacts, but the same kind of catchy tunes, driving rhythms and enchanting modal melodies as I do when I play contemporary folk music.  

I started the Emily Askew Band as an exploration of folk and early music, to find out what can happen when you remove the boundaries between the two and look upon them with fresh eyes. I am lucky enough to be joined by a band of fantastic musicians. Jamie Roberts (Gilmore & Roberts/Dovetail Trio) on vocals, guitar and fiddle, John Dipper (Dipper Malkin/Methera/EAC) on fiddle and viola d'amore and the fantastic percussionists Simon Whittaker and Louise Duggan. I have taken some of my favourite medieval and renaissance melodies and brought them into a new contemporary folk style. I have mixed old and new instruments and old harmony with new harmonic and percussive ideas. 

I would love to share this new music with you, but with recording, mixing, mastering, artwork and pressing etc, album costs are expensive. We are trying to raise £2000 to go towards these costs. If you would like to help me make this album then there are a number of rewards you can pledge for below. 

Many thanks, 

Emily

Risks and challenges

Making an album is a very expensive and generally on the folk scene you sell most through physical copies at gigs and shops. It takes a lot of investment before the revenue comes through which is a risk. This campaign is to raise funds so we have enough money to produce the album now, without borrowing. There is always a risk that the project will cost more or take more time than budgeted for, but if we reach our Kickstarter goal, I should be able to cover it if we go slightly over.

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    Pledge £13 or more About $17

    Signed CD

    The brand new album on signed CD.

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    Pledge £20 or more About $26

    Signed CD and postcards

    The brand new album on signed CD. A selection of 6 postcards with pictures of medieval instruments and the band

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    Pledge £20 or more About $26

    Scores of 10 tunes and copy of CD

    We will email you the PDFs for 10 tunes played on the album plus a copy of the CD

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    Pledge £20 or more About $26

    Fanfare Ringtone Package

    A copy of the CD, and we will send you a selection of 4 shawm fanfare ring tones.

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    Pledge £24 or more About $32

    Signed CD and The Artisans CD

    The brand new album on signed CD. A copy of my Medieval band 'The Artisans' CD

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    Pledge £25 or more About $33

    CD, poster and postcards

    Signed CD. Selection of 6 postcards with pictures of medieval instruments and the band. A signed A4 poster.

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    Pledge £30 or more About $40

    Signed CD, The Artisans CD and postcards

    The brand new album on signed CD. A copy of my Medieval band 'The Artisans' CD and a set of 6 postcards with pictures of medieval instruments and the band

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    Pledge £35 or more About $46

    Tune Book, CD and postcards

    A copy of our accompanying tune book with ten melodies and four songs from the album. A copy of the brand new CD and a set of postcards

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    Pledge £50 or more About $66

    Lesson with Emily and copy of CD

    A lesson on fiddle, vielle, recorder or bagpipes with Emily Askew. In the London are or by Skype. Copy of the CD

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    Pledge £50 or more About $66

    Lesson with John and copy of the CD

    A fiddle or viola d'amore lesson with John Dipper in Wiltshire or via Skype. Copy of the CD.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $132

    Album launch package

    2 guest tickets to album launch Sept 10th in London, copy of CD, Artisans CD, postcards, signed poster, Tune book

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    Pledge £250 or more About $331

    A tune written for you!

    I'll write you a tune in the medieval style and will get members of the band to record it. I will then send you the recording on a signed CD along with a hand written manuscript.

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    Pledge £400 or more About $529

    Instrumental workshop and copy of CD

    Gather a group of friends around who play any instruments, and I will give you a two hour workshop on playing Medieval melodies together. This includes a copy of the CD. Travel expenses need to be included for further distances from London.

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    Pledge £600 or more About $794

    Musical lecture and copy of CD

    A lecture on Medieval Music with instrument demonstrations - this can be given as a house concert or in a bigger space like a village hall. Travel expenses need to be included for further distances from London. This includes a copy of the CD.

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    Pledge £800 or more About $1,059

    The Fanfare Package

    For the daytime I will follow you around playing a fanfare on the shawm whenever you enter a room. This needs to be within the UK and travel needs to be covered on top off the price

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,324

    House Concert

    A house concert with all band members within the UK plus a copy of the new album. If outside England and Wales, then travel should be paid on top of the price above.

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