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Hello! We're asking for your help in order to finish our third album 'Bright Field', which we are planning to release in Spring 2018.
Hello! We're asking for your help in order to finish our third album 'Bright Field', which we are planning to release in Spring 2018.
254 backers pledged £7,023 to help bring this project to life.

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Dear friends, fans, followers and fellow artists...

The Rheingans Sisters are making a new album, and we - Anna and Rowan - are looking for your support to finish it and get it out into the world.

Since winning the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for 'Best Original Track' in 2016, we have been exceptionally busy! As well as gigging lots in the UK, we've done our first international touring in Europe and Australia, and spent time studying in Norway, France and Ireland; as ever, immersing ourselves in new musical landscapes and meeting many inspiring people. We have been compelled to keep on composing new songs and tunes, and feel like we are really finding our feet in a musical world that traverses old and new. 

We're about two thirds of the way through making our third album, which will be called 'Bright Field'. A full album of original songs and tunes, it is a result of two years of deep learning, searching, travelling, writing and composing. Perhaps it is our most 'open-minded' and adventurous collection so far (we think so!). 'Bright Field' is a record inspired by the ever present contrasts in all our lives; life and death, light and dark, hope and despair, dreams and reality. As is now becoming our practice, old musical landscapes underpin these new songs and tunes which sit in a contemporary musical world while drawing from the well of musical knowledge passed down through generations.

To finish our album 'Bright Field' and release it in Spring 2018, we really need your help! You can simply pre-order a copy, which we will sign and post to you as soon as it's printed (before it's released) or you can donate in return for other rewards and packages that we have exclusively devised for Kickstarter pledgers. This will enable us to make this album a physical reality. Although our overall expenses are much more than we are asking for here, reaching our Kickstarter goal will go towards paying for the following: mixing and mastering the album, paying for the artwork and design, printing the first run of albums and commissioning a music video to support one of the songs.

We have been recording with Dylan Fowler, with whom we worked (and who did a fantastic job) on our second studio album 'Already Home'. For 'Bright Field', we have also enlisted the help of American artist and printmaker Kathleen Neeley to design a special cover artwork inspired by our original compositions. This artwork will be available as prints to Kickstarter pledgers. To get an idea of Kathleen's artwork, visit her website: http://www.kathleenneeley.com. We are also working on a tune-book, containing scores of our music with harmony lines, for pledgers who wish to learn them and play with others. There's also the opportunity to donate in return for free tickets to concerts, a music workshop day we will hold in April, or even having us over for a house concert!

Thanks so much for reading, and don't hestitate to contact us via this page or our website or social media pages if you have any questions. The video above features rough mixes of some of the tracks, to give you a taster!

Best Wishes,

Anna and Rowan 

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges:

Albums are expensive things to make, which is always a risk and a challenge as professional musicians. We are completely independent artists and, although we release our records via a record label, we receive no financial capital to make our albums. Making albums in the folk scene, as ever, mostly relies on us selling physical copies to you - at gigs, or online or in your local music shop. Essentially, this campaign bridges a gap for us and is a way of us fast-tracking that process, so that we have enough financial capital to actually make and print the CDs and get them to you - and you also get the album as soon as it's ready rather than having to wait for the official release.

A few notes on the rewards:

Rewards aren't rolling - you get the specific reward(s) you pledge for, as opposed to that reward and everything 'below' it. You can also pledge to support us without specifying a reward.

Digital copies of the music: if you purchase a reward that has an album included and you would like the digital files, we'll be happy to provide you with them.

House Concerts: these will need to fit in with our touring schedule so it may take a bit of time to find a date that will work for everyone, but we will try hard to make it happen as soon as possible! We love house concerts.

Tickets: all tickets are 'subject to availability' in the case of, for example, a gig being sold out before you tell us you'd like to come.

THANK YOU!

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    Pledge £12 or more About $16

    Signed pre-release 'Bright Field'

    If we successfully reach our goal, we will be able to get this album off to the printers by the end of the year!

    So we can happily spend our christmas holiday signing them for you to enjoy in the new year.

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    Pledge £22 or more About $29

    Signed 'Bright Field' + A3 Artwork Print

    You'll get a signed copy of Bright Field, plus an A3 print of the artwork which is being created by wonderful woodcut artist Kathleen Neeley. She is creating a woodcut especially for our album, inspired by some of the songs.

    The sketches we've seen so far look amazing! Check out her website, to get a feel for her style: www.kathleenneeley.com

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    Pledge £25 or more About $33

    Signed 'Bright Field' + Tunebook

    You'll get a signed copy of Bright Field, plus a tunebook of our compositions and favourite tunes, carefully put together by us. Suitable for any melody instrument and with lots of harmony parts as well - so you can play them with your friends.

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    Pledge £30 or more About $40

    Signed 'Bright Field' + Back Catalogue

    We'll send you the brand new album before release date, signed alongside copies of our two other albums 'Already Home' and 'Glad Gold Hearts' for you to enjoy or share with your friends.

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    Signed 'Bright Field' + 2 Tickets

    As well as getting a pre-release copy of the new album, we will arrange two guest list tickets for you and your plus one to a concert of your choice in 2018 (excluding festival performances, subject to availability)

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    Pledge £35 or more About $46

    Signed 'Bright Field' + Print + Tunebook

    You'll get a signed copy of Bright Field, an A3 artwork print, plus a tunebook of our compositions and favourite tunes, carefully put together by us. Suitable for any melody instrument and with lots of harmony parts as well - so you can play them with your friends.

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    Pledge £40 or more About $53

    Signed 'Bright Field'+ Other CDs + Print

    As well as getting a pre-release copy of the new album and our entire back catalogue, we will send you a limited edition A3 print of the artwork which is being created by wonderful woodcut artist Kathleen Neeley. She is creating a woodcut especially for our album, inspired by some of the songs.

    The sketches we've seen so far look amazing! Check out her website, to get a feel for her style: www.kathleenneeley.com

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    Pledge £55 or more About $73

    Signed 'Bright Field'+ Workshop Day

    On Sunday April 29th, we will host a music workshop day to teach some of our favourite tunes, including a home-made lunch and lots of tea and biscuits!

    Suitable for any instrument/level.

    Exact location and exact timings TBC. It will be an accessible building, within 12 miles of Sheffield and we'll aim for somewhere easily got to by public transport. It'll be something like 10am till 4pm.

    Not including travel/accommodation.

    Limited places available.

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    Pledge £95 or more About $125

    All Albums+Print+Tunebook+Workshop Day

    As well as getting a pre-release copy of the new album, our entire back catalogue, our tunebook and an A3 artwork print, you will also join us for a day of music...information below:

    On Sunday April 29th, we will host a music workshop day to teach some of our favourite tunes, including lunch and refreshments.

    Suitable for any instrument/level.

    Exact location and timings TBC; within 10 miles of Sheffield.

    Not including travel/accommodation.
    Limited places available.

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    Pledge £600 or more About $792

    CDs + House Concert or Music Workshop

    As well as getting a pre-release copy of the new album and our entire back catalogue, we will come and play a concert for you and your friends!

    This could be in your home, school, local village hall, garden (weather permitting!) or perhaps for someones special occasion*. If you're a group of musicians, we can come and teach a workshop instead)

    * Our availability for your event will depend on our busy touring schedule and other commitments. It may take us all a little while to find a date that works for everyone, so please bear that in mind if you choose this reward. We can only feasibly do this in the UK.

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    Pledge £800 or more About $1,056

    All of the above + more...

    As a reward for pledging a generous £800 and above, you will receive:

    - A house Concert / music workshop for you and your friends:
    This could be in your home, school, local village hall, garden (weather permitting!) or perhaps for someones special occasion*. If you're a group of musicians, we can come and teach a workshop instead :)
    - All of our Albums (signed)
    - A3 Artwork Print
    - Tunebook of our compositions and favourite tunes
    - Workshop Day Ticket (29th April, near Sheffield)
    - Free entry to up to 5 UK Rheingans Sisters concerts in 2018 for yourself and a plus one (subject to availability, excluding festivals)
    - A small, bespoke hand knitted accessory/garment (negotiable, within reason) from Got Knits (Anna's knitting business) - https://www.facebook.com/gotknits/

    * Our availability for your event will depend on our busy touring schedule and other commitments. It may take us all a little while to find a date that works for everyone, so please bear that in mind if you choose this reward.

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