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Three guys recorded a really good original folk album in the woods of Maine. Help them finish the job and bring new music to your ears.
Three guys recorded a really good original folk album in the woods of Maine. Help them finish the job and bring new music to your ears.
198 backers pledged $7,597 to help bring this project to life.

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With plenty of tie to spare we've reached our initial goal!  So as promised we're releasing a second single off the album.  Listen to the link above, but keep reading: there's plenty more we'd like to do for this album so we've added some stretch goals:   

Stretch Goal #1: $7000  

If we reach $7000 we will attend the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City this February. This conference is an annual gathering of music industry professionals and musicians from all over the world and an amazing opportunity to expose our album to countless new fans and industry insiders at record labels, festivals, venues, and agencies. Added Rewards: If we reach this stretch goal ALL donors of $20 or more will also receive a signed copy of our debut EP Risk Not Your Soul . ALL donors of $50 or more will receive Risk Not Your Soul plus a signed copy of our second EP Schemes.

Stretch Goal #2: $8500

If we reach $8500 we will manufacture vinyl copies of the new album! Added Rewards: If we reach this goal ALL donors of $50 or more will also receive a signed copy our lead singer Kyle Morgan's fantastic solo album Starcrossed Losers. ALL donors of $100 will receive a signed copy of our new album on vinyl LP. ALL donors of $500 or more will receive the option to send us off on our spring 2014 European tour to Ireland, Germany, and England with a stuffed animal or other small sentimental object of yours. We will then send you photos of your stuffed animal at all the sights! Imagine seeing Mikey the stuffed Monkey enjoy Stonehenge, The Cliffs of Moher, and the Brandenburg Gate!

Once we received our first 20 contributions, we released this single "Broken Things" as a sneak peak off the new album. Thanks so far everyone for all your support!

Tumbling Bones is an original and traditional folk group based in Portland, Maine.  They make their music with nothing but acoustic instruments, tap shoes, and most of all, their voices.

Founding members Pete Winne and Jake Hoffman began playing together 10 years ago when they were randomly assigned each other as freshman year college roommates. As Tumbling Bones, they have toured the U.S. and Ireland meeting many of you good folks along the way - but they are yet to make their own full-length album! 

An opportunity arose last spring when they joined forces with newest band member Kyle Morgan, a multi-talented songwriter, singer, and guitar player. Armed with three-part harmonies and Kyle's original songs, this September Tumbling Bones went to Great North Sound Society, a farmhouse-turned-recording studio in the woods of Maine.

We, Tumbling Bones, think we produced something pretty great.  But we're going to need your help to finish the job. While the songs have already been recorded, we still have $5000 in finishing costs ahead of us.  We still need to:

- Mix the songs ($900)

- Master the CD ($700)

- Pay our side musicians ($900)

- Manufacture the CDs ($1200)

- Publicize the album ($1000)

- Ship CDs overseas for European tours ($300)

Please help us meet these costs so that we can make our first full-length album. Also, as our campaign ends December 19th, you can choose the option to give your reward as a holiday gift to a friend. By December 25th we would email your friend a thank you card notifying him or her of your contribution.  Then, when the album's ready, your chosen reward (download, CD, dinner with the band, etc.) would be sent to your friend (at an address you provide).  

Thank you for supporting traditional acoustic music. We look forward to personally thanking you for your contribution.

Thoughts on Being From Away  -  J. Hoffman
Thoughts on Being From Away - J. Hoffman

Risks and challenges

Finishing a great album doesn't necessarily mean lots of people are guaranteed to hear it. As the music industry continues to struggle through lean times, publicity is more than ever an essential and oft-overlooked part of releasing a record. There are really no limits to the amount of effort and money you can pour into this endeavor. We are currently researching publicists for the job. We are also committed to contributing our own labor - sending emails, licking stamps, stuffing envelopes - to ensure the success of our marketing campaign.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of album prior to official release

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    Receive all previous rewards plus choose between a free GUITAR/BANJO LESSON with a band member or AN EVENING WITH THE BAND - we cook you a delicious dinner and provide the music, poetry recitations, and juvenile humor! This reward must take place in Portland, Maine or be planned in advance in conjunction with our tour routes.

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    Receive all previous rewards plus an original 18" X 24" "UNITED STATES OF MAINE" WOODBLOCK PRINT by our own multi-talented Jake Hoffman

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    Receive all previous rewards plus a PERSONAL TUMBLING BONES CONCERT in your home or other location of your choice. This reward must take place within a 100 mile drive of Portland, Maine or be planned in advance in conjunction with our tour routes.

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    Receive all previous rewards plus an ALL INCLUSIVE TRIP TO IRELAND with the band! Includes round-trip airfare and food, lodging, and transportation for two days while you hang out with the band. With several tours of Ireland under our belts, we're the perfect guides to share the villages, pubs, scenery, and traditional Irish music spots with you!

    If you are thinking of selecting this ultimate reward please contact the band first at tumblingbones@gmail.com for details as trip dates are very limited and require extensive planning.

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