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Gaelic Traditions in the New World
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Fàrsan started last summer as a way for all of us to spend some time together. We booked a week-long tour and rehearsed over Skype in Boston and Antigonish. Màiri sent recordings of her favorite songs and puirt-à-beul and Neil, Elias, and Katie arranged them into sets, paired them with tunes, and sent the results back up to Nova Scotia. As we played and danced together, we realized there was more to the project than an excuse to hang out and that's when we decided to record our first album.

Last month, we spent 9 days rehearsing and recording in Nova Scotia. Between Màiri's Gaelic classes at St. FX, we played and cooked and laughed together. We carefully selected our favorite material, polishing and getting it ready, testing it out on a wonderful audience at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre on a snowy night, and finally driving up to Point Aconi to record it all at Lakewind Sound Studios. We're so excited to share this music with you. We have a wide array of sounds on fiddle, pipes, whistles, piano, accordion, percussive stepdance, puirt-à-beul and Gaelic songs and we think we've created something really special. We hope you do too!

The funds we raise on Kickstarter will go directly to the production of our album. Here's a quick breakdown of our approximate costs:

  • Recording: $2000
  • Mixing: $1500
  • Mastering: $1000
  • Pressing: $1750
  • Travel/Incidentals: $1500
  • Promo: $1000
  • Whisky budget: $60 :)

We're hoping you can help us out by pre-ordering a copy of this CD! We are so excited about the music we've made, but the only way forward is with your help. Kickstarter is an ALL or NOTHING program and your credit card will only be charged if we raise the full $7000. Every little bit helps, from a share on facebook to a donation to the campagin. Thanks so much for your support!

Risks and challenges

The one thing to keep in mind when you back this project is that the delivery date MIGHT be pushed back a couple of months into the summer. We've budgeted ample time to record, mix, master, press the album, and create the rest of the rewards, but there are always unforeseeable bumps in the road!

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    An clàr fhèin! / The CD!

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    Salty Snacks

    In Gujarat and Rajasthan, the word "farsan" refers to a local snack! Receive this special treat brought back in Katie's suitcase from India, plus a copy of the new album!

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    Poca-ulaidh / Treasure bag!

    A copy of the new album, plus two surprise CDs from our individual back-catalogs.

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    Leasan / Lesson

    Fancy a fiddle tune? Gaelic instruction? Want to brush up on your music theory? Learn a couple steps? Take a lesson with any one of us and receive a copy of the new CD!

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    Tiocaidean cuirm-ciùil / Concert Tickets

    Two tickets to a future concert near you, plus the Treasure Bag reward above!

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    Dad!

    In Swedish, the word "farsan" translates as "dad". Receive an encouraging call from the real live Swedish dad you wish you had, plus the Treasure Bag!

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    Port ort fhèin! / A tune for you!

    We'll write a tune for you! Plus, you get a copy of the new album.

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    Buth-obrach / Workshop

    A music, dance, or language workshop (in New England/Nova Scotia, or elsewhere if travel is arranged by the host) for up to 15 students! Plus, a copy of the new CD for each student.

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    Cuirm-chiùil / A Concert

    A house concert in New England (or elsewhere if travel is arranged by the host), hand-delivered baked goods, plus 5 copies of the new CD for you!

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