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My debut EP is about 60% completed! Dream completion just around corner! A collection of six songs, self-produced, with plenty of uke. Read more

Portland, OR Indie Rock
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My debut EP is about 60% completed! Dream completion just around corner! A collection of six songs, self-produced, with plenty of uke.

Portland, OR Indie Rock
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Hello!

I am Ciara Carruthers, I am Irish, and I play the ukulele. Those who already know me already know (?) that I have been building up my musical career from having never even sung in front of my family, just a few years ago, to singing cover songs on stage, to then beginning to write my own songs, to learning the ukulele, and then to performing solo, me and the uke, on stages in Europe and the USA.

I'm very proud of how far I've come, and am very excited about the next step; releasing 'How to Care for an African Violet', a self-produced collection of six of the very first songs I wrote. It's hard for me to describe how my music is, so here are some words which could be used: ukulele, harmonies, poetry (most of my songs were poems before they became songs), raw beats, folk, indie, happy, sad, very sad, very happy, and...and....uhm...watch the video, and you can hear one of my songs in the making, so you can make your own mind up! And below you can see a video of four of the songs which will be on the record; this is the raw acoustic version of the songs.

In this video, you can see me playing an acoustic set of four of the songs which will be on the record; Spinning Figurine, White Fluffy Clouds, Moving on Time, and Your Song. The two other songs which will be on the record that I didn't play here are: George's Song, and Itch in my Feet.


Click here to see some of the rewards which I'm going to send you.

I decided to create this Kickstarter project so that I can make this EP as good as it can possibly be. I am thrilled and excited about doing this, which is why I'm asking for some support from friends, family, and fans, so that I can create a really great product. All the money that comes out of this will go into buying specialised recording equipment, printing and copying the discs, and also, sending out the EP to record labels, radio stations, and bookers.

So, what am I asking of you? Well...any support that you can offer! If you know and like my music, then you can pre-order the CD for $8, and you'll see that there are more prizes offered to those willing and able to give more. If you can't afford to help financially, don't worry! You can also help by reposting the link to my Kickstarter project on your facebook page, blog, twitter account, or by sending out the link to your friends and family. Oh, and the way that Kickstarter works is that no money will come out of your account unless the project is fully funded by the end of the 30 day period.

I think that's all that I want to say, I hope you enjoyed my Kickstarter video; I'll be updating over the next 30 days to let you know how it's all going!

Photos and album art courtesy of Rosa Ospina

Click here to see some of the rewards which I'm going to send you.

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    1 backer

    Thank you, every little helps!
    You get my gratitude and you'll also be privy to my video updates :)

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    8 backers

    Sweet! You will get the MUCH anticipated digital download of the 6-song record...and link to the video of the album launch!

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    11 backers

    Thank you! You will get an advanced physical copy of the record + a collection of 3 'How to Care for an African Violet' origami bookmarks, handmade by yours truly, and wrapped up in a little bow!

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    5 backers

    You, my friend, shall receive a signed copy of the record + 3 of my hand-made origami bookmarks, wrapped up in a bow + a hand-made Christmas/holiday card + a cute little 'How to Care for an African Violet' button/badge.
    (See link to images of buttons to the left; Christmas card before Christmas, the rest will come after.)

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    5 backers

    I thank you! You get a compilation CD of songs that inspire me + a signed copy of the record + a hand-made Christmas/holiday card + a cute little 'How to Care for an African Violet' button/badge.
    (See link to images of buttons to the left; Christmas card before Christmas, the rest will come after.)

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    5 backers Limited (15 left of 20)

    A very sweet deal...For a little extra, you will get TWO signed copies of the record (one for you, and one as a gift) + a hand-written lyric sheet of the song of your choice from the record, on pretty, pretty paper + the rest of the stuff above
    (See link to images of buttons to the left; Christmas card comes before Christmas, the rest will come after.)

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    4 backers

    Oh wow, you get a DVD of an acoustic performance of all of the songs on the record + a cotton 'How to Care for an African Violet' T-Shirt + a signed copy of the record + hand-made Christmas/holiday card
    (See link to images of T-Shirts to the left)

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    8 backers Limited (2 left of 10)

    This reward has a lot of my heart in it.
    You will get one of only 10 hand-written 'How to Care for an African Violet' lyric books + the DVD of an acoustic performance of all of the songs on the record + a signed copy of the record + 3 of my origami bookmarks + a handmade Christmas/holiday card

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    2 backers

    This is an exciting reward, for both me and you! You will get to choose a song for me to cover on my ukulele; I will do a video of it, put it up on YouTube, and dedicate it to you!
    Plus a signed copy of the record + 3 of the 'How to Care for an African Violet' buttons/badges
    (See link to images of the buttons to the left)

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    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    To show you my appreciation, you will get your name and a thank you inside the record cover!
    Plus a signed copy of the record + the cotton 'How to Care for an African Violet' T-Shirt
    + the acoustic performance DVD
    + the hand-made Christmas/holiday card.
    (See link to images of T-Shirts to the left)

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    0 backers

    You will get a printed book of my poems, made specially for the occasion + a signed copy of the record + a hand-made Christmas/holiday card.

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    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    You, my lovely, get absolutely everything listed so far. EVERYTHING! So that means: 2 signed copies of the record + digital download for one of your friends + your name and a thank you inside the record cover + acoustic performance DVD
    + cute little origami bookmarks wrapped up in a bow
    + compilation CD of songs that inspire me
    + hand-written lyric book of the record
    + cotton 'How to Care for an African Violet' T-Shirt
    + I'll cover a song for you on the ukulele
    + I'll send you a hand-made Christmas/holiday card!
    (See link to images of T-Shirts to the left)

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    For your generosity, you get a private, acoustic show for you and your friends, when you are where I am, or when I am where you are. (Must be in Europe or North America; I will make an effort to make it happen asap.)
    Plus a signed copy of the record + the origami bookmarks + a handmade Christmas/holiday card.

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    Thank you! You get a signed copy of the record, of course! You also get to inspire a song for my next album! You choose the topic, the tempo, and the style, and I will write it and include it on the next album that I do, along with a dedication to you! PLUS, you and I are going to make and star in the video for the song and put it on YouTube! You also get a T-Shirt + origami bookmarks + a hand-made Christmas/holiday card to say thank you. (You must live in Europe or North America; See link to images of T-Shirts to the left).

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    Thank you! You get the 'Full Ciara Package' :) This means that you will receive advanced copies of ALL of my future recordings and musical releases...and I plan to make music for a long time! Also, when I am where you are, or when you are where I am, I will do a private, acoustic show for you and your friends. (You must live in Europe or North America). You also get anything and everything else from all of the previous categories! (See link to images of T-Shirts to the left) Plus a handmade Christmas/holiday card!

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