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Traditional music from Scotland and beyond on border pipes, wooden flute, guitar, mandolin, and voice.
Traditional music from Scotland and beyond on border pipes, wooden flute, guitar, mandolin, and voice.
Traditional music from Scotland and beyond on border pipes, wooden flute, guitar, mandolin, and voice.
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Will Woodson and Eric McDonald: The Sunny Hills

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Hi there. We're Will Woodson and Eric McDonald, a couple of full-time traditional musicians based in Portland, Maine. Will plays border pipes, wooden flute, and tin whistle. Eric plays guitar, mandolin, and sings. 

We're both exceptionally excited to bring a new project to the musical community. We've been working together as a duo for about a year now, and we're ready to get our music out into the world in the format of a full-length album, entitled The Sunny Hills

The Album

"The Sunny Hills" is the name of a great old piping tune we play that Will found in a nineteenth-century manuscript from the Isle of Skye. It's also a nod to the most recent spring and summer we spent together, traveling the East Coast while refining our collective sound. We've both got a lot of diverse musical experience and ideas, and the past year has seen us spending a considerable amount of time rehearsing and gigging. We're pretty thrilled about the music that has emerged. We've found our way well into the old tunes rooted in Scotland and Cape Breton, and we've been busy learning lessons from them. We like to think that we might have added a bit of something in return in our treatment of the tunes, and certainly our particular blend of wind and wire isn't one that is seen every day.

We Need Your Support

The music is ready to go, and we’ve booked time to record this December with Jim Prendergast at Mill Pond Studios in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. But we need your help. We’re two young working musicians; we’ve a pile of energy and ideas, but not a lot of money to invest in the expensive project of recording a full-length album. We’re asking for $6500 to cover the costs of recording, mixing, mastering, and reproducing the album. All funds will go towards ensuring that the album is the best that it can possibly be.

Every bit helps. If you're familiar with Kickstarter, you know that if we don't meet our goal by the deadline, we get nothing. Please share with friends, family, and anybody else who might be interested. In addition to being able to preorder the album, you’ll find a number of other great rewards that accompany higher levels of donation here on our Kickstarter page. 

Thanks a million for taking a look at what we’re up to. We’re both very excited about this project, and every little bit will take us further along the way to making it a reality.

If you'd like to see, hear, and read a bit more about us, you can check out our website at willandericmusic.com.

--Will and Eric

Big thanks to Josh Dreyfus for filming, Bruce Petschek for editing, and Adam Chittenden for photography.

Risks and challenges

Recording an album, particularly when other people's money is involved, is certainly a challenge. That said, we're up to it. Both Eric and Will are established professional musicians, and Eric in particular has a great track record in the recording studio with a number of albums under his belt already. Additionally, we've got good people with us who are experienced working with traditional musicians and understand our peculiar needs.

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    A teaching packet of a tune from the album (with recorded versions of the tune at speed, slowed down, and sheet music) from Will on pipes, flute or whistle, plus a signed physical copy of the album, with the additional option to download the digital version, plus a download of the two bonus tracks.

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    A teaching packet of 5 tunes from the album (with recorded versions of the tunes at speed, slowed down, and sheet music) from Will on pipes, flute or whistle, plus a signed physical copy of the album, with the additional option to download the digital version, plus a download of the two bonus tracks.

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    A one hour lesson in person in Portland, Maine or via Skype with Will or Eric, plus a signed physical copy of the album, with the additional option to download the digital version, plus a download of the two bonus tracks.

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    Two spots on the guest list at one of Will and Eric's upcoming shows, a personal thank you in the liner notes of the album, two signed physical copies of the album, with the additional option to download the digital version, plus a download of the two bonus tracks.

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    A tune written by Will or Eric for you, a personal thank you in the liner notes of the album, two signed physical copies of the album, with the additional option to download the digital version, plus a download of the two bonus tracks.

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    A day long workshop by either Will or Eric in New England, and a copy of the album for each student. If you're outside of New England, get in touch and we can talk travel.

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    House concert at your place in New England, a personal thank you in the liner notes of the album, two signed physical copies of the album, with the additional option to download the digital version, plus a download of the two bonus tracks. If you're outside of New England, get in touch and we'll talk travel.

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