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An album of traditional and contemporary a capella folk music from close-harmony quartet The Teacups
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The Teacups are a vocal quartet, concentrating on traditional folksongs from the UK and beyond, from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, with a new album to record! 

 Well, hi there! Come on in... would you like a cup of tea? We're The Teacups, an unaccompanied foursome focusing on traditional material, who met in 2010 on the Newcastle University Folk & Traditional Music degree. We've been working on new material for some time, for our third album, and we need your help to bring it to life! The idea is simple - you buy it early, and we get to finish making it! We love the versatility and vibrancy of the human voice, and exploring what it can do. Singing together is life-changing, empowering, therapeutic and an enormous joy, and we love being able to perform for, and with, our audiences, finding both a great strength and vulnerability in the unaccompanied voice.

The band consists of - always from left to right - Will Finn, tenor and arranger extraordinaire, Rosie Calvert, songwriter and soprano, Alex Cumming, accordion supremo and bass, and Kate Locksley, broadside nut and alto. Over the last 8 years, we've travelled the length of the UK and beyond, meeting many amazing people and performing our unadorned, gutsy singing, with inventive and sensitive arrangements, encouraging all of our audiences to get involved and sing along with us, learning the words and the tune together with us as you go, if you didn't know them before. 

Our debut release, 'One For The Pot' (2013), revelled in the vibrancy of youth, and all that heartache, confusion, and euphoria that goes with it. We took a step forward with our second release,'Of Labour and Love' (2015), an offering which showcased our growth both in the development of material and sound. In the past couple of years people have said time and time again, 'Oh. I've got both of those... when are you going to do a new one?' and we're pleased to say that the answer is NOW!  

 We feel that this album will be a step forward for us, as we've set ourselves many new challenges in the past couple of years. There's a new set of mouth music that we've chosen and arranged, a self-penned protest song, new re-workings of traditional snippets, a celebration of new life, and of course some of the classic folk song material, like shanties, hunting songs, and the difficulties of life, love and loss. There might even be a song about tea (finally). 

When we made our first two albums, we were still at University, which meant that we had access to studio space and equipment for free, and were able to produce work on a shoestring budget! This time around however, we'll be recording in an excellent and stylish new professional studio (thestudioatsunbeams.co.uk), and we want to make our next album as polished and beautiful as possible. We will be recording with the outstanding Pete Ord who we have worked with before when we recorded our second album 'Of Labour And Love'. Pete did such a stunning job and is such fun to work with, we can't wait to get back in the studio under his masterful hand - and that's where you come in. We're really excited to be crowd-funding this project, because it means that the cash doesn't need to come from some outside source (like a record company) who we would then be beholden to - it can come from people who love our music and want to help us create more of it! The power of crowds is an impressive and wonderful thing. 

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BUDGET

Making an album is really difficult at the best of times, but is especially difficult when you are based so far apart, as we are (Alex now lives full-time in the USA). We've already begun recording the new album and we're making good progress, but we need to fund the rest of it. 

To be able to fund the remaining production and release, we need your help raising £6,500. 

This can be broken down into costing for: 

- Recording

- Mastering 

- Artwork 

- Manufacture 

- PR & launch costs 

Plus a little bit extra to cover Kickstarter's fees and misc expenses! 

It may sound like a large sum (and it is), but we are fully committed to making this our best release yet, and are working with the best sound engineers, studios, designers and photographers, who all do amazing work and deserve to be paid accordingly. Also, our love of what we do means that we want to make a stand-out recording, celebrating unaccompanied folk singing, and taking it to a wider audience than ever before. 

REWARDS! GOODIES! FUN STUFF! 

We're really hoping that you will feel able to support us, and every penny counts! From a single download, to a simple album pre-order, to a music bundle, to a house concert, or even a lesson with one of the band, a house concert or workshop, there should be something you'd like. And if there's something you'd like that isn't featured, then just drop us a line and we'll see what we can do. If you don't feel able to contribute financially, we'd really appreciate your help in getting the word out as far and wide as possible, so all likes, shares, comments, and retweets are very much appreciated! 

Thanks for taking the time to read up on our Kickstarter campaign. Catch you down the road somewhere. 

Will, Rosie, Alex, & Kate - The Teacups

Risks and challenges

Given our geographical situation, with one of us now based full-time in the USA, we are only able to fully rehearse, perform, record and promote our new material when we can get together, which is about twice a year. It takes a huge amount of organising, and a lot of what we do happens on the road, working out all of the little details that make our songs so special. There's a lot to be done, and we usually find ourselves doing it in very short, intense bursts! We've worked really hard to keep the band going through difficult times and long distances, and we've been so incredibly grateful for the support we've received in doing so.

The main challenge for us is making sure everything is done in good time. We've already got some recording done, with more in the diary, we've engaged a photographer and designer, and are planning our launch events and album tour, which will take place in Autumn/Winter 2019.

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    Hard copy album AND Bootleg demo CD

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    CD AND song arrangement

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    CD AND a handwritten manuscript

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    £100 bundle

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    CD album AND VIP launch tickets for 2

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    Hard copy album AND a video performance

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    Hard copy album AND tune/tune to words

    A hard copy of the album and we'll write you a tune! Either it can just be a tune (32-bar traditional folk style tune), or if you supply us with some words, it can become a song! The one of us will record it for you and send it to you!

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    Hard copy album and House Concert

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    Hard copy album and Workshop

    A hard copy of the album and a harmony singing workshop for you and your friends! Travel costs to be negotiated if you're more than 60 miles from Newcastle

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    CD AND a House Concert AND Workshop

    A hard copy of the album and a full day of Teacups fun! A harmony singing workshop followed by a house concert for you and your friends! Travel costs to be negotiated if you're more than 60 miles from Newcastle.

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    £1000 bundle!

    A hard copy of the album, a digital download of the album, both existing albums and pdf songbook, song arrangement (you give us a choice of three songs, we pick one and arrange it for you), handwritten manuscript of one of the tracks from the album, credit in liner notes, two tickets for VIP launch party (with a drink with the band beforehand), a visit to the studio while we're recording, a house concert, a bootleg behind-the-scenes CD of our early rehearsal recordings, a skype chat session with the band, and postcards from the road (one from each gig on the album launch tour!)

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    £1500 MEGA BUNDLE

    EVERYTHING!
    A hard copy of the album, a digital download of the album, both our existing albums, a pdf of our songbook, a song arrangement (you give us a choice of three songs, we pick one and arrange it for you), handwritten manuscript of one of the tracks from the album, credit in the liner notes, two tickets for the VIP launch party (with a drink with the band beforehand), a visit to the studios while we're recording, a house concert, a workshop, a bootleg behind-the-scenes CD of our early rehearsal recordings, a skype chat session with the band, a skype singing/instrumental lesson with one of the band, postcards from the road (one from each gig on the album launch tour!), we'll write a tune just for you, and one member of the band will dedicate a Youtube video performance to you!

    In other words... the whole shebang

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