WE DID IT!!!! THE ALBUM IS A GO! Thank you guys SO much! I didn't expect this at all... especially not within the hour! o_o *SHOCK*
I can get the CD-printing started this week!
You can still pre-order the album through the kickstarter and get the neat extras! In the meantime I will be planning some extra backer rewards and some upgrades to the album itself within the next few days. I honestly am very surprised...THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
STRETCH GOAL: $8,000 (REACHED!)
All backers from the $25 level onwards will also receive a physical copy of my second album, 'A Bard's Side Quest' - never before released on disc!
Well, I've finished it! My album of traditional Celtic and Medieval music is all done! 'The Court of Leaves' features folk tunes and ancient melodies from Ireland, Scotland, England, The Netherlands, Germany, France, and Spain!
It is fully-instrumental, and I've used every instrument I own in the arrangements (plus a few new ones!). You will hear violin, Celtic harp, hammered dulcimer, flutes, recorders, ocarina, and hand drums of many varieties, kantele, panflute, kalimba, lute, vielle, tin whistle, and baroque guitar. No string was spared!
For this release, I would really like to try funding something very unique and special....something beautiful that you will be proud to have in your CD collection. To this effect, I have designed a special hardbound book that holds both a CD and book pages within. Here's some photoshop mockups of what this might look like!
Every cent of my $5000 kickstarter goal will be going towards the physical production of a gorgeous CD-Book of The Court of Leaves, mastering costs, shipping costs, and backer rewards.
A breakdown of these costs are:
- Hardbound book binding with CD traypak inside, high density CD replication, plus book pages brimming with information about the songs, the instruments, plenty of photos, and interesting historical tidbits such as scans of original manuscripts, artwork, woodcuts, and authentic recipes! - $4,695
- 11 x 17 posters - $150
- 6 x 4 sheets of waterproof vinyl stickers featuring my artwork! - $250
- Glass magnets handmade by me featuring my instruments and album artwork.
- Shipping and handling of all backer rewards
- Kickstarter/Amazon fees
- Extras (art supplies for other backer rewards)
As a completely self-produced, self-maintained musician, all costs come out of my own pocket for my projects, and gladly! However, a special release like this is quite a bit beyond my means... Doing a kickstarter will allow me to provide my listeners with something very special that normally would be impossible!
If the project is not funded, no worries! Only projects that reach their funding goal are funded, therefore, you will only be charged for your pledges if I actually raise the amount I'm aiming for.
If the project has extra funds beyond the $5,000 goal, I'll use them first to cover any extra expenses from the project and rewards, and after that....I really need to replace my few pieces of recording equipment that have died or aren't functioning correctly (after 7 years of heavy use!), so that I can get back to what I do best: providing you with the most beautiful vocal music that I can!
Thank you so much for reading! *_*
Risks and challenges
I'm going to be working with a fabulous CD replication company, and while delays are always possible, I am confident that they will do beautiful work within the time specified!
However, delays on my end are possible, especially since I will be doing all the addressing and shipping personally! But, please know that I will be working day and night to get all rewards out on time!
Non-physical rewards (like song covers) and very special rewards (like artwork and crocheted blankets!) will be completed as soon as humanly possible! I will start on them immediately and keep you posted every step of the way :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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