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Laura and Nathan are working on their debut album of Irish Traditional Music on two fiddles, with guitar backing from Brian Miller.
Laura and Nathan are working on their debut album of Irish Traditional Music on two fiddles, with guitar backing from Brian Miller.
Laura and Nathan are working on their debut album of Irish Traditional Music on two fiddles, with guitar backing from Brian Miller.
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**Update - two weeks in**

We're incredibly grateful for everyone's support!  We've finalized the mix, taken photos, and are working on the design of the album, as well as coordinating with a mastering house.  In the meantime, we've uploaded a track on soundcloud - have a listen!

About the project:

Nathan and Laura were both born and raised in the Midwestern United States. We were both lucky enough to have a few really remarkable players close by, and something about this music struck us hard – was it that delicious pentatonic scale?  The ‘lonesome touch?’  The opportunity for underage drinking?  We don’t know, but we’ve been hooked as long as we can remember.  We’ve both traveled extensively throughout the US and the world learning, playing, and teaching this music.  Now we are both based in Boston, MA, which is home to some of the best Irish traditional music in the USA.  

We made the decision to record this album together now because our checkered past has given us a unique take on the music.  We love the sound of two fiddles playing together and sometimes apart.  We have collected a lot of great tunes over the years, from friends and family, recordings and paper.  Some of them are unusual, some are very common, but all of them are special to us in one way or another - it’s come to a point where we have to share them, to get them out of our heads and into the world.

Why did you choose that amount?

The $3000 we hope to raise will go towards the cost of final editing and mixing, mastering, photography, design, and printing of the CD.  We’ve already invested a lot of time (8 months) and quite a bit of our own money recording this album, and we’re really happy with the music.  So we’d really like to invest in a finished product that looks great and has room for liner notes that tell the stories of the tunes.

Why kickstarter?

During the day, Laura works as a farmer.  You might be familiar with the concept of a farm share, or CSA.  It stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it works like this - you give a farm a certain amount of money at the beginning of the year, and in return, you get a weekly box overflowing with fresh food for the rest of the season.  It’s a great deal for the customer, and it really works for farmers too.  Why?  Because most of the cost of running a farm happens up front.  In the spring, farmers need seeds, fertilizer, tools, extra labor… all before they have any produce to sell.  Well, that’s a lot like what we’re doing here.  All of the cost of making an album (studio time for recording and mixing, mastering, design, printing…) is an up-front investment, before the actual album is printed and ready to go.  So help us out now by investing in our CSA (community supported album!).  In return, instead of excessive amounts of kale, beets, and unidentified vegetables you don’t know what to do with, you’ll be getting some very tasty tunes!

Who took that great shot of you two playing together?

Jimmy O'Kelly, at O'Neills in NYC, back in 2011.  Thanks Jimmy!

Risks and challenges

We've finished recording and are done with most of the editing and mixing, so risks are minimal. If we meet our goal, we will be able to have physical copies of the CD by early December, at the latest. This should give us enough time to coordinate the schedules for everyone involved for mixing, mastering, and graphic design.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us here. Thanks so much!

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