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Recording an album of new songs from Marvin Gaye Chetwynd's Dogsy Ma Bone, as performed by a group of talented kids from Liverpool.
Recording an album of new songs from Marvin Gaye Chetwynd's Dogsy Ma Bone, as performed by a group of talented kids from Liverpool.
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In the spring of 2016, Turner Prize-nominated artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd was commissioned by Liverpool Biennial to produce a new work for their Children's Episode. The result was Dogsy Ma Bone, a film and series of extravagant live events that brought together Bertolt Brecht, Betty Boop and the creativity of over 70 children and young adults from in and around Liverpool.

Central to Dogsy Ma Bone were eight new songs inspired by Brecht and Kurt Weill's legendary The Threepenny Opera. Written and composed by Glasgow-based Beinn Watson and Emily Benita, with additional contributions by Marc David Jacobs, Tony Whitby and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, these songs were moulded by their young performers into the versions performed at the Biennial last summer.

Dogsy Ma Bone film still (© Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London)
Dogsy Ma Bone film still (© Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London)

After another performance at Touchstones Rochdale this March, Marvin and the kids are preparing to perform the full set of eight songs for the first time, in a major show at Tate Modern on 24th June. To celebrate this, we want to professionally record the songs and produce an album that will be freely available for download.

Rehearsals for the Tate Modern performance will take place on 10th and 11th June in Liverpool. If this Kickstarter is successful, we'll be able to bring Beinn to Liverpool to make recordings during these rehearsals, which we'll master in time to launch the album at Tate and online. Contributing to this campaign therefore not only allows our album to get made, but also gives you the chance to become an essential part of its creation!

Dogsy Ma Bone film still (© Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London)
Dogsy Ma Bone film still (© Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London)

Dogsy Rewards!

Dogsy Ma Bone: The Album will be made freely available online on the day of its Tate Modern launch. But, as a way of funding its recording and production, we're going to produce a limited CD and vinyl edition, initial copies of which will be available to our generous Kickstarter backers. By helping us make it, you'll have a first chance to own Dogsy Ma Bone: The Album in its physical form!

Copies of the CD are available to all our £10 backers, with vinyls at £20 - or you can get both (with the vinyl signed by Marvin and team) if you're one of our first £50 backers! But, if you'd like to pitch in even more to ensure the album is produced, we're also offering the chance to get the album along with some exclusive pieces of Dogsy Ma Bone.

Dogsy Ma Bone installation at Cains Brewery, Liverpool Biennial, 2016 (© Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London)
Dogsy Ma Bone installation at Cains Brewery, Liverpool Biennial, 2016 (© Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London)

For £150, ten backers will receive the Gettin' Dogsy limited edition print, previously available solely through Liverpool Biennial.

Gettin' Dogsy by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd
Gettin' Dogsy by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

For £200, three backers will each receive one signature Dogsy Ma Bone costume, consisting of a tunic and hood in their choice of dog, puppy or chihuahua pattern.

Dogsy Ma Bone hood and tunic costume (Chihuahua version shown on right, © Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London)
Dogsy Ma Bone hood and tunic costume (Chihuahua version shown on right, © Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London)

At £300, we have one copy of an original shooting script from the filming of Dogsy Ma Bone in May-June 2016, containing handwritten notes and changes by Marvin and the filming team.

Two pages from the Dogsy Ma Bone shooting script
Two pages from the Dogsy Ma Bone shooting script

For those contributing £500 each, we have handmade drawings by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd of her original Dogsy Ma Bone concept.

This is just one of Marvin Gaye Chetwynd's original Dogsy Ma Bone drawings - check out our Updates page to see all seven!
This is just one of Marvin Gaye Chetwynd's original Dogsy Ma Bone drawings - check out our Updates page to see all seven!

And finally, for one backer who is able to contribute £1000, we will give you three of these concept drawings, plus the production's beautiful salamander prop (SOLD OUT) - a featured star of every Dogsy Ma Bone performance to date!

The Dogsy Ma Bone Salamander
The Dogsy Ma Bone Salamander

NEW Dogsy Rewards: Dogsy Packages I & II!

By popular demand, we've now added two special packages for collectors! Dogsy Package I consists of a set of three of Marvin Gaye Chetwynd's original Dogsy Ma Bone drawings for £1000. Dogsy Package II (SOLD OUT) contains a brand-new version of the salamander prop, plus a Dogsy Ma Bone costume AND one original Marvin Gaye Chetwynd drawing, all for £1250.

These are both expected to go very quickly, so snatch them up before they're gone for good! 

NEW The Return of the Salamander!

We've had so much love for the Dogsy Ma Bone salamander that Marvin has agreed to create two more new versions of the prop for contributors in the project's final week.  Now, those contributing £1000 or more can have their choice of one new salamander prop with either a Dogsy Ma Bone costume OR two original Dogsy Ma Bone drawings!

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The Tate Modern performance on 24th June is all ready to go, as are the Liverpool rehearsals. So our Kickstarter project is dedicated entirely to funding the producing of the album and then pressing the CDs and vinyl for our backers.

All of the pieces are in place - we just need your help to make everything a bit more Dogsy!

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    Thank You!

    We'll show our gratitude by listing your name in the list of backers on the album's download page, which will go live on 24th June.

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    Early Digital Download!

    You'll be able to download Dogsy Ma Bone: The Album as soon as it's been mastered, about one week before the rest of the world can download it on 24th June. Plus we'll thank you on the album's download page.

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    I Want It All!

    You get both Dogsy Ma Bone: The CD and a copy of Dogsy Ma Bone: The Vinyl signed by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and team, plus a thank you on the album's download page.

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    Gettin' Dogsy Edition

    For ten backers, a copy of Gettin' Dogsy, part of a limited edition of 150 produced for Liverpool Biennial, plus your choice of Dogsy Ma Bone: The Album on CD or vinyl and a thank you on the album's download page.

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    Dogsy Ma Bone: The Outfit

    For three backers only, an original Dogsy Ma Bone costume consisting of hood and tunic in your choice of dog, puppy or chihuahua pattern. Plus your choice of Dogsy Ma Bone: The Album on CD or vinyl and a thank you on the album's download page.

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    Dogsy Ma Bone: The Script

    For one backer only, a copy of the working script of Dogsy Ma Bone, with production notes and corrections by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and her team. Plus your choice of Dogsy Ma Bone: The Album on CD or vinyl and a thank you on the album's download page.

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    Dogsy Ma Bone: The Drawings

    For three backers only, one of Marvin Gaye Chetwynd's original conceptual drawings for Dogsy Ma Bone. Plus your choice of Dogsy Ma Bone: The Album on CD or vinyl and a thank you on the album's download page.

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    Dogsy Ma Bone: The Salamander!

    For one backer only, an original prop, 'Salamander', from the production, plus three of Marvin Gaye Chetwynd's original conceptual drawings for Dogsy Ma Bone. You will also get your choice of Dogsy Ma Bone: The Album on CD or vinyl and a thank you on the album's download page.

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    Dogsy Package I: Drawings Deluxe!

    For two backers only, a set of three of Marvin Gaye Chetwynd's original conceptual drawings for Dogsy Ma Bone. Plus your choice of Dogsy Ma Bone: The Album on CD or vinyl and a thank you on the album's download page.

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    The Salamander Returns! (with drawings)

    For one backer only, a brand-new 'Salamander' prop, plus two of Marvin Gaye Chetwynd's original conceptual drawings for Dogsy Ma Bone. You will also get your choice of Dogsy Ma Bone: The Album on CD or vinyl and a thank you on the album's download page.

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    The Salamander Returns! (with costume)

    For one backer only, a brand-new 'Salamander' prop, plus an original Dogsy Ma Bone costume consisting of hood and tunic in your choice of dog, puppy or chihuahua pattern. You will also get your choice of Dogsy Ma Bone: The Album on CD or vinyl and a thank you on the album's download page.

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    Dogsy Package II: Salamander Supreme!

    For one backer only, a brand-new 'Salamander' prop, plus an original Dogsy Ma Bone costume consisting of hood and tunic in your choice of dog, puppy or chihuahua pattern AND one of Marvin Gaye Chetwynd's original conceptual drawings for Dogsy Ma Bone. You will also get your choice of Dogsy Ma Bone: The Album on CD or vinyl and a thank you on the album's download page.

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