It cam wi the win', let it gang wi the watter
Well, it looks like the deadline's by, and we didnae make it. On the basis that whit's fur ye'll no go by ye, no doubt it'll work out for the best.
In any case, we're going to press ahead with this album. It'll take us a wee bit longer than we'd maybe hoped, but keep an ear out as I predict you'll be hearing more of these pipes :)
I'd like to pass on my warmest thanks to our backers & supporters, for your part in trying to make "MakerSpace" a success on Kickstarter.
Our thanks go out to the "Lindstruments Sessions" band, including Konrad Wiszniewski, Rachel Hair & Roo Geddes, and to filmmaker Martin Forry, and sound engineers Neil McDermott and DP Johnson.
Warmest thanks are also due to our friends The College of Piping, The National Piping Centre, STV, Birnam CD, Watercolour Music (and special thanks to Nick with your tractor!), Ultimaker, 3D Printworks, John & Bar Purser, Matt Seattle, Ross Ainslie, The Gyuto Monks of Tibet, The Canon pub, Jedburgh, Speyside Radio, Backers Podcast, and everyone else who's helped share the news & championed our project over the past couple of months!
Thanks also to our star studded roster of musicians, including pipers Lorne MacDougall, Mark Saul, Jori Chisholm, Brigdhe Chaimbeul, Alana MacInnes, Uilleann piper Calum Stewart, folk singers Alasdair Roberts & Debbie Armour, bassist Dave Marks, experimental musician Paul Baran, vocalist Sajid Sabri, concertina player Mohsen Amini, drummer Mark Scobbie, whistler Kevin Meehan, clarinettist & fellow 3D printed instrument developer Alex South, Gaelic singer Mairi Morrison, and vocalist Lavinia Blackwall. We look forward to working with you all in the near future :)
In closing, here are some highlights of what's been an eventful & exciting couple of months :
14th-16th January : the pipes accompany me as a stowaway through the snows of Rannoch Moor, Glencoe and Glengarry, to spend a couple of nights immersed in music, good food, fine whisky, peat smoke and a bit of philosophy with John & Bar Purser in Skye.
17th December 2017 : the pipes are fortunate to receive a blessing from the Gyuto Monks of Tibet, at Watercolour Music in Ardgour, following the monks' appearance there with Griogair Labruidh.
18th December 2017 : A trip to The Canon's Monday night session in Jedburgh with Matt Seattle, and visit to Melrose Abbey, completes the pipes' spiritual preparations ahead of the project.
28th December 2017 : the first copies of the current issue of "Piping Today" are received, featuring a four page feature on the pipes project, and the link for the Kickstarter!
1st January 2018 : our music video "Chanter 2" passes 57,000 views on Facebook
15th January 2018 : CD single "Chanter 2" is released for radio airplay
18th January 2018 : Concert at The Glad Cafe, Shawlands, Glasgow
24th January 2018 : Appearance on STV's "Live at Five", to talk to presenters Jennifer Reoch & David Farrell abour the pipes, and play a snippet of "Chanter 2"
25th January 2018 : "MakerSpace" tune competition closes & judging begins.
31st January : Project deadline reached
Many thanks to everyone who's been involved & had contact with our project. We'll be along again soon :)