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This album will be my sophomore full-length record, and I am so thrilled to share these new songs with you!
This album will be my sophomore full-length record, and I am so thrilled to share these new songs with you!
138 backers pledged CA$ 7,241 to help bring this project to life.

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Holy smokes, my second full-length album! It feels so great to be working on a new record again. My debut album, Ingrained, was released in 2015 - it reached the National Top 10 Roots/Blues charts, received international acclaim, and took me throughout Canada, Europe and the UK for extensive tours and festival performances. Your pre-order of the new album (along with other goodies!) will go a long way in the completion of the record. The new material has already been recorded and mixed, and I am launching this fundraiser to help cover remaining costs and finish the album. It is set to be released on October 19th, 2018.

"Comet", my sophomore album, is a collection of 10 songs that I am thrilled to share with everyone. It has even more banjo than the last album (!) and features some great arrangements and production.These songs explore wild places, heart places - the music has been described as "gritty wildcrafted folk", and "multilayered and bewitching". Nothing gives me more joy than sharing my songs and connecting with people through music, and I can't wait to continue on that path with this next album. I have put a lot of myself into this project - I am proud of it, I am excited, and I am grateful for your support.

My songs are the backbone of this project, but the album is truly a collaborative creation between some of the most fantastically skilled women and men in Canada's music community. I am honoured by the amount of passion, care, and enthusiasm that was put into this record by everyone involved.

What You'll Be Contributing To

The album has already been produced, recorded and mixed at Private Ear Recording in Winnipeg, and the STUNNING artwork by Gabrielle Funk is finished! What remains is mastering ($1000), design ($1500), manufacturing CDs and Vinyl ($4000), and remaining production costs ($3500). My goal is to raise $6000 to put towards these remaining costs, and your contribution will help immensely in the completion of this album. There are multiple levels at which you can donate, and each will provide you with a pre-order copy of the album or a unique reward!

The estimated total budget for this album is $20,000, which includes what was already paid for in studio time and mixing. This budget allows me to provide fair pay to everyone involved in the process and produce a professional quality finished product for you to hear.

I would be forever grateful for your involvement in this project and making my next album come to life. Your support is so incredibly appreciated! xo

Risks and challenges

There are always risks associated with putting out a new album, both financially, and personally - by putting a big part of myself out in the world for people to hear. But this is also where the reward comes from. In sharing these songs I have the uniquely moving experience of connecting with people through music; feeling the pride and excitement of receiving the first shipment of albums and seeing the finished product; and, learning from different communities, stories and walks of life through my musical travels. The challenges become an important part of the journey, as do folks like you, who support artists in their endeavours.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $8

    Digital Download

    Get a digital copy of "Comet" through the wizardry of internet sharing! The album link will be sent to your email address.

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    Signed CD

    You know, CDs aren't so bad. I love having a physical copy of an album to really take in the artwork, read the lyrics, and see all of the extra little details that were put into the whole project! I will personalize and sign your CD.

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    Signed Discography package

    Didn't pick up a copy of my last album, Ingrained? Get it here together with the new one!

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    Signed Vinyl

    The best way to listen to the new album! I absolutely love vinyl, and would be thrilled to make myself a part of your own collection. Your copy will be personalized and signed.
    *Please note that manufacturing vinyl takes longer than CDs, and your copy will be delivered as soon as possible!

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    Multiple CDs for Gifts!

    Get 3 signed copies of the album for this rate here on Kickstarter ONLY. Makes a great gift for friends and family!

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    Your Name in Liner Notes

    You will get a shout-out in the album liner notes for your generosity! Includes a signed CD.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $76

    Clawhammer Banjo or Songwriting Lesson

    I adore banjo and crafting songs. This includes an hour-long lesson for either beginner clawhammer banjo, or the basics of songwriting. Also comes with a signed copy of the album.
    Subject to availability and location (will do Skype lessons for faraway folks!). Can be transferred as a gift to a family member or friend.

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $191

    I Will Write a Song for You

    An original song, just for you! Only available to Kickstarter backers. Just give me a general theme, or two words to go from (like, for example, "cosmic thundercats", "bluebird banjo" or "Baba's garden") - and I will write you a song and send an iPhone recording + lyrics to you. You can choose whether I write it on guitar or on banjo. Because I like you, and I like writing songs.

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    Picnic & Paddle

    *Subject to location*
    I live near Riding Mountain National Park, MB - should you find yourself in this area I would be thrilled to make you a lovely picnic lunch or dinner and take you out for a paddle in my canoe on one of the lakes here - Clear Lake and Lake Katherine are my favourites!
    I have also been known to bring my banjo on canoe excursions...
    For max. 2 people at a time. Date subject to availability/weather.

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    Pledge CA$ 750 or more About $573

    House Concert

    I will come play a show for you and your friends in your house, cabin, yard, sailboat, saloon... wherever you'd like!
    Details and dates to be worked out depending on location and availability. Limited to folks in Manitoba, or what can otherwise be arranged as a tour stop (in Canada or overseas!).
    I typically perform as a duo; however, different arrangement options may be available.
    Tip: You can offset your reward cost by charging a ticket or donation fee at the door!

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    Executive Producer

    Oh good, you're just what I've been looking for! As Executive Producer you'll get your name in the album liner notes as such, with a special thank you included. You will also receive a signed copy of the album in both CD and Vinyl formats, your choice of another free item from the merch table, 2 VIP tickets to any live show, as well as your choice of any of the other rewards listed here on Kickstarter!

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