Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Appalachian-inspired original and traditional songs. Fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonium… and the magic of heart-melting 3-part harmonies.
Appalachian-inspired original and traditional songs. Fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonium… and the magic of heart-melting 3-part harmonies.
196 backers pledged $12,312 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Chase the Sun: The Early Mays' New CD project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$12,312

196

The Early Mays are Making a New Album

TOTAL COST of Chase the Sun = $15,900

For those of you who are new to us, The Early Mays are Emily Pinkerton, Ellen Gozion & Rachel Eddy. Based in a love of American tradition, we share old-time songs while also exploring our own creative voices. Our recordings and performances include fiddle tunes and old ballads reworked, as well as our own original music and songs from other contemporary writers. Our signature sound is a rich blend of three-part harmonies layered over fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonium and upright bass, and occasionally the percussion from some flatfoot dancing.

We’ve had such a fulfilling year together and are so thankful for the love we have felt from audiences from Pennsylvania to Georgia. Thanks to all of you who have come to our shows, listened to our recordings, or supported us during times of our growth and change. We are richer for having collaborated with you in this musical dialogue, and it is a privilege to share our music with you.

Video: Ellen, Rachel & Emily Rehearsing This Thanksgiving Weekend

A New Project

We are so glad that the time has come to record the new repertoire we’ve been writing and performing. We love the process of turning tracks from our studio sessions into a complete album of sound paintings of lives and places, and to share those moments-in-time with listeners.

It’s been two years since our recording The Early Mays debuted at #2 on the national Folk DJ charts and several months since we came home with a blue ribbon from The Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, WV. Since the summer we have toured a bit, too, and are now eager to get back into the studio.

We will be recording with Lurch (Chris Rudyk) at Broadcast Lane Studios in Pittsburgh, beginning this December. He fashions a sound for us that's perfect, using vintage recording equipment in a beautifully warm, relaxing studio space that feels like home to us.

We hope to share this new collection with you in May 2017.

We’re asking for your help.

The expenses involved in making this sort of art are many and various. There are the most obvious things like recording engineers and guest musicians, and there are also those not-so-often considered things like the cost of original cover artwork and shipping costs from the CD manufacturer. Investment in promotion to help get the record heard by folk-radio listeners … that’s an expense as well.

We continue to be committed to using local talent for our CD, for everything from our recording engineer to our graphic designer. We believe in putting our resources back into our wonderful Pittsburgh arts community.

Here’s a breakdown of our minimum expected expenses:

Studio Time for Recording, Mixing Mastering $5,500 / Guest musician, bassist Jason Rafalak $500 / Artwork and Graphic Design $1,000 / Song Licensing $1,000 / Printing & Shipping of the Physical CDs $1,900 / Kickstarter Campaign Cost (fees, distributing rewards) $1,500 / Radio Promotion $4,500

Total = $15,900

Giving Back

The Mays have decided that for every hour spent in the recording studio, we will put equal time in to community service in 2017. Contributions to our Kickstarter campaign will go well beyond the creation of our album.

Thank You So Much For Your Support

Thank you for taking the time to read about our project. We hope you will consider coming on this journey with us.

We are so grateful for your supporting The Early Mays in any way you feel you can, by pre-ordering our CD, by making a contribution of another amount to our Kickstarter campaign, by sharing our campaign with others, or in any other way.

We hope you'll join us by supporting at any level, and we thank you so, so much!

With expectation, love and gratitude,

Ellen, Emily & Rachel

Risks and challenges

Our Time Line

We'll go into the studio this December rehearsed and excited to record, so we feel really confident about those sessions. What comes after that is the daunting (scary?!) bit.

The greatest challenges will have to do with coordinating all of our deadlines so that everyone involved is in synch, and that each of us can meet our deadlines in time for the next person in line on the project. Missing a couple of deadlines even by a little bit can lead to an overall larger delay of the project. We want to avoid that!

The solution we hope will work to avoid this: we have a very detailed week-by-week project timeline.

If we hit roadblocks, we would adjust our release date for later in the year. But, we have set our sights set on an early May 2017 release and are pushing towards that goal.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    We Love You!

    You'll receive our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation, along with all of our project updates, from our first recording sessions through completion.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Download Card and We Love You, too!

    You'll receive an MP3 version of the full-length album when released. You'll receive all of our project updates and our huge and sincere thanks for supporting our project!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    19 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Pre-Order Chase the Sun

    You'll receive one copy of the CD when released.

    Order as many as you like, at $15/each, and accept our huge thanks!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    55 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Signed Copy and Pre-Release MP3

    Receive a SIGNED copy of the full-length CD when released plus a PRE-release MP3 download version.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    56 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Memorabilia & MP3

    You'll receive one T-Shirt or Tote Bag (your choice) featuring The Early Mays/Chase the Sun design, a PRE-release MP3 version of the CD, and a signed copy of the CD upon release.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    22 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    In Honor Of... [your dearest dear]

    We'll surprise your friend, family-member or sweetheart with a handmade art card (made by Ellen) to let them know you've made a donation in their honor. Upon request, we'll deliver it to them in time for a holiday, birthday or other special occasion.

    And, we'll send both of you an early copy of the CD.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Holiday Special!

    We'll personally gift-wrap a set of three CDs -- one each from Rachel's, Emily's and Ellen's solo catalog -- and mail it to you by Christmas Eve 2016, or Valentine's Day, or other occasion. We'll also send you an early copy of the new Chase The Sun CD.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Your Name in the Notes

    You'll receive four signed CDs when released and a PRE-release MP3 version as well.

    We'll print YOUR name in the album liner notes under Thank you so much!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    13 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    Music Manuscript of Rachel's Tune

    You'll receive a HANDWRITTEN music manuscript (not a photocopy) of one of Rachel's original fiddle tunes that will be included on the new CD.

    You'll receive an early copy of the CD and we'll print YOUR NAME in the liner notes under 'Thank you so much!'

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    Hand-Written Lyrics of an Original Song

    You'll receive an artfully handwritten copy (not a photocopy) of the lyrics of one of Emily's or Ellen's songs from the new CD.

    You'll receive an early copy of the CD and we'll print YOUR NAME in the liner notes under 'Thank you so much!'

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Signed CDs, Memorabilia, Concert Tickets

    You'll receive ten signed CDs before release PLUS one T-Shirt and one Tote Bag featuring The Early Mays/Chase the Sun design.

    We'll hold two tickets for you at the door to one of our CD release concerts, currently scheduled for May 2017 in Pittsburgh and the tri-state area.

    We'll also print your name in the album liner notes under 'Thank you so much!'

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Recording Studio Special

    One-hour solo visit to the recording studio during production: observe from the wings while The Early Mays mix a track for the new CD. [Must be at least 18 of age.]

    You'll also receive a T-Shirt featuring The Early Mays/Chase the Sun design and an early copy of the CD.

    We'll also print your name in the liner notes under 'Thank you so much!'

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $600 or more About $600

    House Concert

    The Early Mays will perform a concert for your friends and family in your home. (Note: This reward is limited to locations between Pittsburgh & DC. Travel costs are additional if you live outside this area.) You'll also receive a personalized signed copy of the CD before release and we'll print your name in the album liner notes under 'Thank you so much!'

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Reward no longer available

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

    You deserve An Original Crankie!

    Ellen will make an original two-minute crankie for you, complete with its own box, to accompany your favorite fiddle tune, short song or poem.

    We'll send you a PRE-release MP3 version of the CD and a signed hard copy of the CD upon release.

    We'll thank you profusely in our album liner notes under 'Thank you SO MUCH!'

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

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

    You're Amazing! Emily Writes You A Song

    Emily will write a song on a topic of your choice, and will record it in her home studio for you.

    We'll send you a PRE-release MP3 version of the CD and a signed hard copy of the CD upon release.

    We'll thank you profusely in our album liner notes under 'Thank you SO MUCH!'

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,200 or more About $1,200

    You're the best! Quartet House Concert

    The Early Mays will perform a concert for your friends and family in your home with guest bassist Jason Rafalak or other favorite bassist. (Note: This reward is limited to locations within a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh. Travel costs are additional if you live outside this area.)

    You'll also receive a personalized signed copy of the CD when released and a T-Shirt or tote bag. We'll also print your name in the album liner notes under 'Thank you so much!'

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)