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My new record, Wheelhouse to the Bungalow, was recorded in MANILA, PHILLIPPINES!!! Now I want to get on the road!!!!!

WATCH OUT you landlubbers!!!!  Because this KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN is gonna get me on TOUR !!!!!!!!  Well, maybe it will... if not, I guess I'll just walk back up the gangway and head back to sea where I belong. 

Yes, that's me.  Running FROM the bulls in Pamplona.  I don't recommend it.

 WATCH the VIDEO – shot & cut by me. 

So... my NEW ALBUM is finished !!!!!!!  I'm excited to release it first to my KICKSTARTER BACKERS!!!!!  Because.... this website is awesome and if you are my crowd-backing, shenanigan-lovin' landlubbers... then you are ONE bad-ass backer because you are backing an artist from the sea.  That means this sailor has your back.  And If I got your back, then so do a bunch of my swashbucklin' nomadic mates.  That's good luck for you!!!!!!!

My album is called-----> WHEELHOUSE TO THE BUNGALOW  <------

It's called that because I often spend my time in either a wheelhouse or a bungalow.  I'm a vagabond sailor with no home for years... my home is the ocean highway my friend.  I thought I chose that life, but now I realize it has chosen me.  Davy Jones awaits.

So here is my story...my NAME IS SWEENEY and I am a musician and a merchant mariner... a.k.a. ----> sailor of the deep seas!  I am a chief mate on cargo ships that are 950 feet long, but I am an artist at heart. AND I am super pumped to release the record – WHEELHOUSE to the BUNGALOW.  I recorded it with epic musicians in MANILA, PHILLIPPINES. I’ve spent many years writing these songs at sea, and put in a huge effort in recording this in Manila. I can’t believe the team I was able to put together in the Phillippines – and if this campaign works, we will soon be on the ROAD to a city near you! 

And maybe just then I can temporarily give up my life sailing past the freebooters of Somalia... well, there really is no permanent escape from Davy Jones and his mermaids... ah... those half-human sea creatures with long flowing golden hair, face of an angel, a trunk to die for - but with the tail of a fish.  A sailor's guilty pleasure. No escaping the deep sea my friend.

Shiver me timbers~~~

So... I am an independent musician without the support of a label… so I am starting this campaign to tour the United States with the band… and maybe Europe if I raise enough.  It will cost a lot more money then my campaign goal, but this campaign will definitely help me get the ball rolling!

BUT THE QUESTION REALLY IS......

CAN AN UNKNOWN, DIRTY-SAILOR WITH SOME GROOVY SONGS GATHER A CROWD ONLINE?

I KNOW MR. JONES WANTS MY BACK.  WELL, HE WANTS ME BACK.  UNLESS YOU GOT MY BACK.  SO BACK ME UP!!!!

Powder Monkey~~~

ABOUT THE ALBUM:
I experimented with various styles and put tons of creative energy into developing each song. Lots of different percussion, killer HORN section, VIOLIN, PIANO, and the SYNTHESIZER work on here with the GUITAR effects are incredible. All the music in the video are previews of some tracks from the album. WATCH THE VIDEO to see how I recorded in MANILA. I filmed all of it, took the pictures, and then finally finished the edit while underway on a ship crossing the Pacific Ocean from Los Angeles to Asia and back.  Ah... too much time on ship is never good for a landlubber, thank heavens for music!!!!!!

CHECK OUT the REWARDS!

**All SHIPPING COSTS are INCLUDED in every package, no matter where you live.**

 -------> THE TRAVEL ARTBOOK <-------

Over the years of my travels, I have carried a camera with me into the back alley's of unknown destinations... from the Black Sea to the dirty industrial ports of Asia. I sailed on government contract ships as a civilian maritime licensed deck officer and civilian rescue swimmer for the Navy. I have documented much of my travels over the years... sailing to the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Adriatic Sea, Agean, across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans… from Hawaii to India and many more adventures by sea and land.  I have explored my love for abstract painting, often done at home to help with the angst of being back on land after much time away at sea.

It will include my photos and my artwork in a beautiful, hard-bound ARTBOOK, along with music lyrics, and other muses for your teasing.  It will contain the art, photos, lyrics, and all my art creations influenced by the sea, travel, and of my mind escapades. Such is the life of creation. Everything will be spilled and exposed in this book, all for your coffee table pleasure… to laugh, question, confuse, and ponder.  It will also include work from TRAVELING ARTISTS and PHOTOGRAPHERS that I have met on the road around the world and that I think are AMAZING.  I am super excited about creating this book and have put  a ton of love into it!!!  It will be EPIC!!!!

-------> THE ALBUM <-------

Now... we have come to the digital age where the spirit of buying an album is lost… if you have nostalgia for the tangible love of a new album, then this album is for you. It will include limited edition “kickstarter-backer” exclusive content and artwork in every COMPACT DISC and VINYL rewarded on this campaign. You will not be disappointed!!! I am a sailor by trade, but an artist at heart. I have put a lot of love into recording this music, and that love will carry on to the final production and packaging of the album. It’s gonna be KILLER!!!!

You can get a digital download for as little as A DOLLAR.
but, should you wish to HOLD a copy of my album…


• both the COMPACT DISC and VINYL will be limited edition "kickstarter-backer" editions, never to be made again.
• the COMPACT DISC will be in a beautiful hard-bound case and include an art booklet.
• the VINYL will be a black 180 gram record set, and come in a gorgeously packaged case with extensive large-format art.


-------> THE BUNGALOW CLUB  <-------
Do you like to get surprises and cool stuff in the mail to entertain your analog soul? Over the course of this winter holiday season, you’ll be receiving a series of 3 packages, sent every few weeks starting in November. With limited edition 7” vinyl that features amazing artwork and exclusive “Kickstarter-backer” only tracks. You will also be receiving cool surprise gifts of things that I love… a nautical gift that I give my closest friends… and other awesome gifts that I love and cherish. Along with these 3 gift packages, you will have a year membership in the Bungalow Club, where you will continue to receive random postcards from weird places and other items of such. The value of the secret gifts, and the shipping of multiple packages during the winter season will cost me a lot, and that’s reflected in the price. I am super excited to be able to share gifts I love! 

 -------> EXCLUSIVE REWARDS <------

UKULELE with CUSTOM INLAYS and HARDCASE------------------>

SUNKEN TREASURE - 18th Century SILVER COIN & PENDANT ------------>

THE EPIC SUITCASE GUITAR ---------------->

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    {CUSTOM-UKULELE + VINYL & CD + SIGNED ART BOOK} A beautiful handcrafted soprano ukulele made with davao wood - with your name custom inlayed!!! (INLAY requested in Survey stage) Custom inlays on top or bottom of front body of instrument. (These make awesome GIFTS!) Beautiful hardcase included. Along with your stylin' new ukulele, you'll also receive: a backer edition of the album on vinyl AND CD, PLUS a signed copy of the art book, PLUS a digital download & thank-you card.

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    {SUNKEN SHIP TREASURE SILVER COIN + VINYL & CD + SIGNED ART BOOK} A beautiful 18th century silver coin (Spanish) recovered from a sunken shipwreck!!! This amazing treasure coin will be beautifully encased in a silver pendant to be worn on a necklace (necklace not included). I wear one around my neck and treasure it. Along with your cool treasure you'll also receive: a backer edition of the album on vinyl AND CD, PLUS a signed copy of the art book, PLUS a digital download & thank-you card.

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    {CUSTOM-UKULELE + VINYL & CD + SIGNED ART BOOK + BUNGALOW CLUB} A beautiful handcrafted soprano ukulele made with davao wood - with your name custom inlayed!!! (INLAYS requested in Survey stage) Custom inlays on top or bottom of front body of instrument. (These make awesome GIFTS!) Beautiful hardcase included. Along with your stylin' new ukulele, you'll also receive: a backer edition of the album on vinyl AND CD, PLUS everything in the "Bungalow Club + SURPRISE GIFTS " (listed above), PLUS a signed copy of the art book, PLUS a digital download & thank-you card.

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    {SUITCASE GUITAR + VINYL & CD + SIGNED ART BOOK + BUNGALOW CLUB } An amazing custom art-piece guitar perfectly constructed by combining a vintage 1960’s wooden samsonite suitcase and a Stratocaster guitar. This makes for an amazing pedal steel guitar and once you plug this thing in you’ll be blown away!! I love these!!! Not only does it sound great, it is a piece of art that will turn heads in awe. Along with your Killer instrument that makes you the coolest one around, you'll also receive: a backer edition of the album on vinyl AND CD, PLUS everything in the "Bungalow Club + SURPRISE GIFTS " (listed above), PLUS a signed copy of the art book, PLUS a digital download & thank-you card.

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    {SWEENEY at your HOUSE PARTY} want me to invade your home with sweet live music? I will slug my guitar equipment and a percussionist to you anywhere in the world…back this and you shall receive one chill house party with great live music. If you're in Timbuktu, i'll GET THERE, I’ll just have to schedule the time and fly over. no problem!!! Backers will also receive all of the following: Custom made UKULELE, signed copy of the artbook, backer-edition of the album on vinyl and CD/the BUNGALOW CLUB/a digital download & a thank-you card. PLEASE NOTE: Estimated delivery is December for deliverables ONLY. Please plan on scheduling the event with us somewhere between the next 12.

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    {SWEENEY and the full BAND at your house Party} want the entire band of crazy musicians to invade your home and put on a rocking show? The entire band will slug our guitar equipment to you anywhere in the world…back this and you shall receive one energetic house party with great live music. If you're in Timbuktu, i'll GET THERE, I’ll just have to schedule the time for us to fly over. No problem!!! Backers will also receive all of the following: Custom made UKULELE, signed copy of the artbook, backer-edition of the album on vinyl and CD/the BUNGALOW CLUB/a digital download & a thank-you card. PLEASE NOTE: Estimated delivery is December for deliverables ONLY. Please plan on scheduling the event with us somewhere between the next 12.

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    {PANAMA ADVENTURE VACATION} Do you want to experience amazing adventures? I’ll escort you and two friends for five days to special locations in the Republic of Panama… you’ll experience trips to secret beaches and surf spots, deep-sea fishing, spearfishing, and river kayaking. Live music at night, amazing food all day and night. Everything will be included except your flight to Panama. I’ll pick you up from the airport and laugh with you every step of the way as we chase adventures and live life to the fullest. Panama is a magical destination and I’ll show you how to experience it beyond the basic tourist experience. Hang with the locals. My friends are the coolest! Go where we go. Do what we do. And let us wine and dine and give you comfortable transportation and great living conditions in the process. Backers will also receive all of the following: Custom made UKULELE, signed copy of the artbook, backer-edition of the album on vinyl and CD/the BUNGALOW CLUB/a digital download & a thank-you card. contact norpacman@gmail.com for more info on this one. PLEASE NOTE: Estimated delivery is December for deliverables ONLY. Please plan on scheduling your day with SWEENEY at some point between the next 12 months.

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