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My debut album of Celtic Rock originals - like Fairport Convention meets The Who. I need your help to get it pressed and distributed.
My debut album of Celtic Rock originals - like Fairport Convention meets The Who. I need your help to get it pressed and distributed.
53 backers pledged $3,085 to help bring this project to life.

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Three years ago I began exploring the world of Celtic myth and song, the realm of Gormenghast and a little sea school in Gravesend, Kent. I experimented with poetic devices and melody - and did lots of writing, rewriting, composing and arranging - so that ultimately I had ten interesting songs ready to become one eclectic album - Ostara.

If Pete Townshend and Sandy Denny had a love child - in a musical sense - it'd be me, and I'd like to think they'd be impressed, or at least intrigued, by Ostara, my debut solo album. So far, I've been able to fund its creation on my own, although very talented, creative and patient individuals have been with me through it all, helping me turn my musical visions into reality and taking my music through the recording process all the way to a mixed and mastered finished product, ready to be shared with all of you...

...which brings me to why I'm here on Kickstarter. I need your help to raise $3,000 to press and distribute Ostara. If raised, this money will be used for:

  • Pressing 1,000 Digipak copies of Ostara, complete with an 8-page color booklet featuring song lyrics, photos and hand-drawn artwork inspired by each song on the album
  • Setting up Ostara for worldwide distribution through major online music sites, including iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby
  • Creating and printing promotional materials

Ostara is a collection of magical, musical stories, the perfect playlist for dancing, dreaming or drinking (we recommend a hot cup of Irish tea), and if you'd like to take a listen to some of the songs from it, visit jenvanderlyn.wordpress.com/music/. Music videos, as well as images of the album booklet's hand-drawn artwork, will be coming soon, check out jenvanderlyn.wordpress.com for updates.

I invite you to help me complete the final step of Ostara's creation. To say thanks, I've got some great gifts available at each level of giving. For those of you new to Kickstarter, it's an all-or-nothing means of fundraising (your credit card will only be charged if I reach my goal by the end of the 30-day campaign, if I don't, no one is charged and no money is given to me), so I thank you in advance for any and all support!

Risks and challenges

I promise, if successfully funded, this project will be completed - "Ostara" will be pressed and distributed - and all those who support me will receive their gifts. Delays may arise if there are quality control issues with CD duplication or the creation of the matted prints from the original artwork. However, all of us involved in this last step of the creation process will do our best to ensure that everything is completed on time.

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    "Ostara" poster signed with a personalized thank-you from Jen Vanderlyn.

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    The above gift AND a digital download of the album and an "Ostara" sticker.

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    All of the above AND a signed physical copy of "Ostara".

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    All of the above AND your name as a contributor printed in the "Ostara" album booklet.

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    All of the above AND 1 handwritten, signed and matted lyric sheet - your choice of one song from "Ostara".

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    All of the above AND a matted detail of larger print described below.

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    All of the above AND a matted, limited edition print, signed and numbered by the artist, of hand-drawn artwork featured in the "Ostara" album booklet.

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