I am planning on going down to go down to Los Angeles in April to record a new album with Damien Jurado. This is my third full length album and most exciting to date. It's a collection of songs about the lives of some very powerful women, some fictional some non-fictional, and the theme is "Women as the Scapegoat". The title track is called "Your Mother Was a Peacock"and is about Mata Hari, an exotic dancer and courtesan during the first World War, who was sentenced to death for espionage. Below is the real life picture of her moments before her execution by a firing squad of 16 soldiers with guns. She stated that her greatest offence was to be an "independent woman in a world ruled by men". I was so moved by her story that I wrote a song to honour her and everything that she stood for: courage, grace & beauty.
Why are these songs important to me? Because they are stories that I, like many other women throughout time, identify with. I wrote these songs just prior to the #metoo movement and it started becoming clear to me that this record was important on a much, much bigger scale. I was writing these songs in solidarity with any woman in history who had ever suffered at the hand of another, be it emotionally, psychologically or physically. The songs are visceral and epic, and they weave important truths in the fabric of today’s collective consciousness.
Here is a collage of pictures and lyrics I created to give you a feel for some of the other songs:
We will be in Los Angeles from April 12-19th 2019 recording at Sonikwire Studios with Alex Bush engineering and Damien Jurado producing. Alex and Damien worked together on Damien’s latest release "The Horizon Just Laughed" and I believe it’ll be the right home for "Your Mother Was A Peacock" too. It is a dream come true to be working with Damien and I feel so honoured that he wants to work with me. I know he will bring a deep and heartfelt contribution to this project and I’m so excited.
We have recorded 2 demos in preparation for it, and I'd like to share them with you. The first one is "Wild Woodbine" based on the character Masha from the play "The Three Sisters"by Chekhov and the second is "Your Mother was a Peacock", the title track about Mata Hari:
To do this project right it will cost $50,000, which, for an independent artist, is a tall order— even with great faith. For this campaign I'm asking for $20,000 and hoping I will exceed my goal. I've not cut corners with my budget and it feels good to honor it with the excellent team and resources it deserves. I've been using money from my temp job to fund everything so far. I have applied for 2 grants, and been unsuccessful with both, which is why your help is even more crucial today. The breakdown of the costs are approximately 50% on production, 10% on pre and post production, 10% on logistics, 10% on product and 20% taxes and fees.
What's in it for you?
Sift through the numerous exciting rewards you can get for donating to this project. I've tried to put some fun ones in there, such as string sets from the instruments used to record the album, an afternoon in my studio together, my harmony guitar and vintage amp, and then some of the more obvious ones like signed copies of compact discs and vinyl and handwritten lyrics. Every little helps, so whether you donate $1 or $10,000, I am deeply grateful to you for your support
A bit more about me and the band..
My last album "Wolves! cried the Maid" was mostly a collection of psychedelic Irish fairy tales and landed at #2 on Earshots national folk/roots/blues radio charts in Canada. The album was quite stripped back, a few band mates, my husband and I recording and mixing them at our home recording studio World Peach Records.
Here's what people said about it:
"an artistic masterpiece..” Julie Williams-Nash (Folk & Tumble)
“…Her soft, yet powerful vocals pull you forward through the song as if you’re walking through a haunting memory…” Chelsea Brimstin (Canadian Beats)
“…a sort of inter planetary psychedelic Celtic/Americana crossroads…a cauldron of mysticism and folklorist parables” Emma Marshall (FATEA)
“…poignant and a painfully sorrowful beauty threads itself throughout…” Red Line Roots
“‘Wolves! Cried the Maid’ comes out feeling like a walk through the woods, sun glinting on leaves, and a seaside breeze nearby…classic British folk…in the vein of later-era Marianne Faithfull” Mike Dunn (BeatRoute)
This time around we are bringing the whole band down to Los Angeles with the intention of creating a much bigger sound. My bandmates are: Leon Power on drums (Frazey Ford), Erik Nielsen on bass (Ben Rogers, Rich Hope), Matt Kelly on instrumentals (City and Colour, Ben Rogers) and Kendel Carson on fiddle (Alan Doyle, Barney Bentall)
Thank you for taking the time to hear about "Your Mother Was a Peacock"- I am thrilled that you might like to be a part of it. I am hoping that what I share with you here is enough to speak to your heart, and that you can join me on this journey of bringing a great sonic vision to life. If you back this project you are backing it for all of the women you know and love who will be touched and inspired by this. I promise to make you and them, feel very proud.
Additional important Information
If you are a very generous donor our skype date, studio visit/lessons etc. will be arranged in advance at a mutually agreeable time. Shipping charges are paid by you. Please note, cost of shipping was difficult for me to estimate, especially with international postage, but I have done my best with those estimates and appreciate your patience and understanding with those details. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me and if there are any issues I will be in contact promptly.
Risks and challenges
We have 30 days to raise these funds. If we don't raise them, the project won't happen in the desired timeframe and that would be a tragedy. Getting a stellar team like this in one room is a miracle in itself and the likelihood of getting our schedules to align again may not happen for some time. Sometimes things need to happen when they need to happen, and I believe now is that time for this project. The challenge is getting awareness of this campaign out to as many people as possible, in as short a time frame as possible, to increase the probability of its success. Please help me get this out there by sending this link to anyone and everyone you know who might be interested in backing this project. Together, I believe we can make this possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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