The album, ‘An Eclipse of Ships’ is essentially a journal of the heart and a paean to Woman as muse. This new work sees a return in style to earlier mainly acoustic records such as ‘Songs From Another Season’ and ‘Crocodile Tears and The Velvet Cosh’ and features a stellar group of musicians making sweet love to various instruments including stand-up bass, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, acoustic piano, violin, viola, oboe, mandolin, pedal steel, sax, acoustic guitar, slide guitar and percussion. The music ( 11 original songs ) has all been recorded, funded out of my own pocket. It now needs to be mastered, manufactured ( vinyl & CD ), distributed and promoted. I also have a great idea for a video. In addition to the above it is also my great desire to undertake an extensive international tour in support of what I believe to be my strongest album thus far. ( We have already secured a showcase at the SXSW festival in Austin in March, 2014. ) This Kickstarter campaign, if successful will ensure that all of the above will come to pass.
*PLEASE NOTE: Regarding the $3000 pledge award ( solo concert in your home ): Due to international interest I am now going to make this available to any where in the world as opposed to USA only! It does not appear as such in the awards section due to the fact that I can no longer edit at this stage.
After completing work on the album I also made nineteen mixed media works on paper. This series, entitled 'In The Realm of The Muses' serves as an extension of the theme of the album. Each piece measures 12" X 18". Nine of these originals are now offered as rewards here on Kickstarter. Numbers 1, 9, 11 will also be available as limited edition lithographic prints. Signed and numbered.
Here is a link to the art. They are numbered 1 to 19 ( from left to right ) Please note: #'s 1,4,7,11,12,14,15,16,17,19 are not available.
A short film about the making of the art:
One special reward is the 'DCXE Black' Martin guitar that I used as my main instrument on the sessions. Most of the songs were also written on this beautiful instrument. You can also see me playing it in the movie for this campaign. It is signed on the back in silver.
Risks and challenges
If this campaign is successful, the funds will be used to manufacture, distribute and promote the album. I will also need to foot the bill for a video and an extensive international live tour, including transportation, accommodation + wages for the musicians & crew + cost of merchandise which will be for sale on the road. The only possible risks would be the time it will take to approve of finished art work and the manufacture of the CD's & vinyl. Also in the planning of the international tour which could run into 2015.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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