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My name is Owen Woods and I play the melodeon. I need your help to create my new solo melodeon album, to share my music with the world!
My name is Owen Woods and I play the melodeon. I need your help to create my new solo melodeon album, to share my music with the world!
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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!

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.61

    Any amount that you can spare is very welcome! I'll gladly shake you by the hand if we ever bump into one another. ALL BACKERS will be credited on my blog at melodeonmusic.com.

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    Pledge £7 or more About $11

    Free download of the album! Plus handshake.

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    One free album, posted to your address, plus a free download, plus a handshake.

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    One free album, SIGNED by myself, including a free download and a shake of the hand.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $40

    For this exciting reward, you will receive one free signed album, which will include YOUR NAME (or nickname) in the sleeve notes as a backer of unimaginable generosity. I'll also throw in a free download and I'd go so far as to give you a hug.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $80

    For this not-to-be-missed reward, you will receive an exclusive, limited edition MELODEON DESK ORNAMENT, exquisitely crafted of the finest laser ply, to show your exalted status as an official Owen Woods backer. In addition, you will receive one free signed album, with your name in the sleeve notes as a backer of unimaginable generosity, plus a free download plus hug.

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    Pledge £75 or more About $121

    For the princely sum of £75 you will receive a FREE melodeon lesson, lasting no more than three hours (you may be expected to travel, or else use Skype). You will, of course, receive an exclusive melodeon desk ornament, one free signed album, including your name in the sleeve notes as a backer of super-unimaginable generosity. I'll also throw in a free download and a hug.

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    For the people whose generosity knows no bounds, who have impeccable musical taste, the kindest of natures and the nattiest of dress senses, I will travel to your house, club or venue and give a concert to yourself and whoever you choose to invite. I can travel anywhere within the mainland UK, further afield some contribution may need to be made for travelling costs. Obviously you will receive a rare and desirable melodeon desk ornament and one free signed album, including your name in the sleeve notes as a backer of superlatively-unimaginable generosity. I'll also throw in a free download and a hug AND a handshake.

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