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We are recording our debut full length album of traditional and original music with a progressive flavor. Help make it a reality!
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We are asking for financial help in order to finish our first full length album, which will be a mixture of original and traditional folk music on fiddle, guitar and vocals. There will be both songs and instrumental tunes. We have been playing together for two years, working up material that satisfies both of our hungry musical brains while enjoying a fluid creative process. We feel it is past time to set down the fruits of our labors on a record. A number of singular artists both old and new have inspired us. To name a few: Andy Irvine, Alasdair Fraser, Nic Jones, Martin Hayes, Dick Gaughan, Andre Brunet, and Nightingale. A common thread between these artists is their ability to thrive on playing old music with their own voice, to deliver their own version of these timeless songs and tunes. Like them, we're trying to build on the depth of this material by adding our own layers to what is already there, and adding our own story to the mix.

We’ve both made albums in recent years with other bands and projects, but this one is of particular importance because it will be a big step towards defining our sound together. We hope this album will be the first of many, and help us further refine our partnership. For this album we are working with Jim Prendergast at Mill Pond Music Studios in Portsmouth NH. Jim has quietly been creating many amazing records in the past five years, and we trust his ability to interpret our music. He is definitely the man to help us push this album forward. We also made an easy decision to invite the incredible Jeremiah McLane to join us as a guest on this album, playing accordion. He has paved the way for us with some of the singular recordings he has made in the past, and he is a huge inspiration to both of us. His presence on this recording will not only add color but a huge amount of depth that we could not achieve without him. 

 We're hoping that, in the end, both traditional and contemporary tastes in music will be satisfied when listening to this album, but we need your support to get there.

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform. If we don't reach our goal, we will not receive a cent. Your credit cards won't be charged and no rewards will be sent out. Because of this we tried to be a bit conservative. While we have budgeted $6000 and we are confident we can make our record for that amount, there are often unforeseen obstacles that may change the budget or the timeline. As a donor you can rest assured that we are working constantly to make this a reality, but it's good to be aware that plans sometimes change and we may need to set a stretch goal or push the timeline back a bit. We don't think this will be likely, though!

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    More Music!

    You will receive two signed copies of our new album, one for you and one to share. You will also receive a copy of a previously released album of your choosing from Ryan or Eric.

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    Skype Lesson

    You will be able to take a skype lesson with either Ryan or Eric on fiddle, mandolin, DADGAD guitar or another agreed upon subject. You will also receive a signed copy of the new album.

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    You will receive two VIP passes to any concert of ours, of your choosing. We will meet with you before or after the show (we'll contact you to make a plan)! You will also receive two signed copies of our new album.

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    Three lessons

    You will be able to take three skype lessons with either Ryan or Eric on fiddle, mandolin, DADGAD guitar or another agreed upon subject. You can mix and match if you want! You will also receive two signed copies of our new album.

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    A Tune for You!

    Ryan and Eric will compose a fiddle tune in your honor, and record it for you. A truly personalized reward. You will also receive two signed copies of our new album.

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    Your Name on the Album

    We will personally thank you in the album liner notes, plus you get to pick one reward of any level. You will also receive five signed copies of our new album.

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