I have a mission - to spread the good news about the melodeon. This is an instrument with a huge amount to offer. It is capable of a richness and expressivity of sound that defies the imagination. However, it is an instrument which has long been overshadowed by song and by other instruments. I want to change all that, by recording a solo instrumental melodeon album.
I have been performing solo on melodeon since 2011, when I reached the final of the New Roots folk competition. Since then I have been touring round clubs and festivals, sharing my music with people. I have also honed my skills with the Jazz Ceilidh Project, Peregrine, Boxtet and dance sides and ceilidh bands innumerable. I've taught melodeon to individuals and in workshops, I have built a melodeon from scratch (it almost works), I have a widely read blog on the instrument and am known for my interest in fingering systems, acoustics and construction.
I started playing music when I was five years old, on the piano because my feet wouldn't reach the pedals of an organ. I took up the clarinet aged ten and the melodeon aged twelve. I have had the good fortune to have played classical music, jazz music and folk music, each with amazing musicians and wonderful people, making my musical education as broad as it can be. I even played piano in the highly successful folk piano trio There and Back Again, featuring Yarden Brody on whistles and Pip Ash on Cello.
What will this album be like? Well, it'll be a mixture of traditional, classical and contemporary tunes, all arranged by myself on a variety of different diatonic accordions. There will be no looping, no overdubbing, what you hear is what I play. It will even feature my one-of-a-kind Bergflodt four voice Torader! More than that though, I want it to be a musical experience that people will enjoy, remember and share. This is a chance for me to give something back to all the people that have supported my music over the years.
I cannot afford to make an album of the quality that I would like out of my own pocket. That is where you come in. I would welcome any contribution, however small (or large). If you want to pre-order an album then that's fine. If you want to get a gig off me that's also fine! I am very grateful for anybody who believes in what I do enough to support me, no matter how much you give. If this project gets funded it will be wonderful. If not though, I still appreciate those who do support me.
Risks and challenges
I know from experience that projects like these are sometimes faced with unexpected delays. As backers, you will be kept in the loop regarding the progress of the project and you will receive your rewards as soon as I have the completed albums in my hands. I have an amazing network of people around me and hopefully, nothing will go wrong!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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