Can you help us reclaim Scottish Folk Magic?
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Many people love Scotland but sadly Scottish traditional practices are fast becoming forgotten. We are hoping you can help save them.
Scotland has an incredible history of folk magic, the touch of its poetry skims the land like scree, deeply connecting us to nature, the landscape and the people who passed this way before.
"Taibhhsear" (pronounced tive'sher) is the title given to one who can see spirits of the dead - literally ghost seer. Capturing the essence of this spoken word album project.
Scotland has many traditions such as this veiled within Gaelic charms, language and memories shared in metaphor and song.
With your support, we will be able to rediscover, reinvigorate, record and share a collection of these folk magic traditions in Gaelic and English, reclaiming them helping us share the knowledge with you and others.
Scott Richardson-Read www.cailleachs-herbarium.com
Currently bides in East Lothian. Some of you may know his writing from the Scottish folklore website - Cailleach’s (KI – uchs) herbarium. (http://www.cailleachs-herbarium.com) he digs deep, researching Scottish folk traditions using original manuscripts and sources and has shared and discussed a lot of different information with his broad readership.
To bring Scottish Folk Charms to life they need to be heard and not just read. Sadly, this has been outside Scott's ability gift …. until now … Fate has played her hand and he's been lucky enough to meet two incredible women whose expertise in storytelling and song will allow them to create audio recordings based on the original Gaelic transcripts & bring these charms back to life.
Amanda Edmiston, www.botanicafabula.co.uk
Originally from Aberdeen, Amanda is a professional storyteller and artist with a background in herbal medicine. She researches, collects, writes and retells stories that feature some of the magic plants offer us. Passionate about our connection to each other and the land, she loves how history and stories shift organically, growing to suit our changing needs whilst connecting us to the generations that have come before. She feels that by telling these charms and stories we continue to share the oral traditions once passed down through families, they offer us a connecting thread ..allowing more folk to learn from and take forward the old ways and reclaiming them for the future.
Debbie Armour http://facebook.com/weelinties
Debbie is a musician from Glasgow. Her work focuses predominantly on traditional song from Britain, Ireland and beyond. Debbie works in the fields of performance and community facilitation. She is fascinated by what persists through the centuries, and is committed to contributing to the preservation of these fragile threads. As a community practitioner, Debbie feels strongly about returning song to people, and people to song. Breaking down the barriers of permission and increasing access to a heritage that belongs to each of us. (The music you can hear in the background the video is the Witches Reel sung by Debbie).
The money you pledge will help us afford an incredible sound producer from Edinburgh called Guy Perchard. He is a record producer with 2 decades of audio engineering experience. He has worked with numerous Scottish acts including Kirsten Adamson, Curators, the Blet Project, and Steve Heron. A passionate and innovative talent, his award-winning mixes have been played on national radio & television, and even in sports stadiums. Guy is a golden-eared perfectionist who understands the creative process, and will be a great asset in this project.
You will help us afford to pay our talented musician and story teller, allow us to use a state of the art recording studio, pay for low-evironmental impact CD production and for the art work to go along with it all. Your help will also allow us to pay for Kickstarter fees and posting out of hard copies of any of the rewards to those who help us out.
We have set a number of reward levels. Each reward level comes with a backer mention no matter what you choose. In addition ti this you may want to choose an additional reward explained briefly below.
CD and associated downloads: We have pledges which will allow you access to the digital or physical copy of the album as soon as its ready to go and before everyone else.
Chap Book: We have also set a number of pledge levels that means you will receive a chap book of the charms used in the spoken word album and gathered form old manuscripts in Scotland. A truly unique item that compliments the project well.
Scottish Folk Charm: We are providing backers with rowan cross charms. A very traditional folk charm of Scotland sent straight to you with a copy of the CD and digital download access.
Scottish 'Stane' Divination set and Instructions: A truly unique element of this project is the research that has gone into it. With have a limited amount of sets of Divination 'stanes' used in Scottish Folk tradition gathered from a beautiful Scottish Beach. The instructions explain how these stones were used traditionally and the history behind them in a small chap book. This information isn't found elsewhere.
Recorded Song or story: The pledge level is an absolutely unique opportunity to receive a song or story read by either Amanda or Debbie. Once the project is completed Debbie or Amanda will contact you about this. SO not only will you have access to your own story but also get a chance to have a wee chat with the creators behind the project.
Amazing level pledge: This says it all really! You will have access to the other pledge levels and either a song or story read from Amanda or Debbie.
Stretch Goal number one
Amanda, Debbie and myself are really pleased to announce Julia Jeffery of Stone maiden art fame ( or should that be infamy ?) https://www.stonemaiden-art.com has opted to do the cover art for the Spoken word album! It's no secret that I'm a huge fan! Julia is such a phenomenal artist, deeply in tune with what we are trying to achieve that she's just a tremendous fit for our small team.
We couldn't be more exited please go check out her website to see why ,her art is incredible!
Julia Jeffrey is a Scottish artist and illustrator. She studied painting at The Glasgow School of Art. Her faery and fantasy-themed work, of recent years, has attracted considerable acclaim and attention, with features in numerous international fantasy magazines. Her work appears on and in, many books and albums, and her first tarot deck, The Tarot of the Hidden Realm, was published in 2013.
To help welcome the announcement we have added an extra pledge level where you can be the lucky recipient of a signed a4 print from Julia. Act fast as there are only ten copies going tobe available!
More good news ! As we've reached the stretch goal everyone who has pledge support to receive a physical album pledge or above ( that's the £12 level pledge reward) will receive a copy of the album image included in their pledge total as our first stretch goal.
Your support will keep us to schedule. We want to finalise the research in June and record in September. All going to plan the final product and pledge rewards should be with our backers for Samhuinn this year (2018) - The final product available later in the year for non-backers.
We hope future sale of the recordings will help fund events in Scotland focussed on our disappearing folk traditions.
So, please, press the green button and back us so we can afford to finish this amazing project for our community.
With only a few weeks to go we have raised a phenomenal amount and I’m so excited (and relieved, it's actually quite a stressful process all this!) the Kickstarter has been so well received by the community. We never dreamed we would get so far, so fast. Sincere thanks to all who have contributed and spread the word.
The ideas behind releasing the spoken word album was a share of the profits would go towards establishing a fund. This fund would enable Scottish folk traditions to be brought back in to focus for future generations with activities like workshops, talks etc but also to hold a Scottish folk magic symposium.
This goal was something we had planned for the long-term but because of your amazingly generous support, we are on track to be able to afford this much, much sooner ... if i can be bold it's looking likely we will be able to afford one in October this year as we have just passed over £5000! Amazing!
We would love to put together an event which includes traditional crafts demonstrations like:
- straw weaving,
- wool spinning,
- traditional songs and stories
- folk art
- Scottish language
and include speakers discussing and holding workshops on :
- Scottish folk traditions,
- The role of the Sídhe/Sïth
- Scottish animism
- Scottish conservation and more!
This will be a truly unique event and will focus on folk magic and folk traditions found in Scotland with no overarching philosophy or agenda (except maybe one of animism which I hope will make sense to all those who attend).
It is you who are pioneering and shaping this event through your generosity and support. We want to curate an event for the people of the community, with the people of the community. A real collective effort!
With the funds you have helped us raise, we will be able to afford an accessible venue, audio visual equipment hire, pay our speakers and reimburse travel costs, offer a sliding scale ticket price for entry (in fact, with enough funding, we aim to remove this altogether!!).
Our supporters are an international bunch!
With that in mind we also hope to provide live streaming and or some way of recording the talks and presentations for posterity for anyone who can’t make the event who backed the project. we are exploring how best we do this to a good enough quality.
We hope to provide free access to this to our pledge backers, so don’t worry if you’ve helped at this stage and are wondering how you will be able to participate in the event.
We will hope to make sure you have priority access but we are till exploring options about how we make that work.
Each pledge we receive is helping us move towards this amazing dream.
It's been a truly amazing adventure so far, and we are humbled by your support.
Every share now will help us move closer to the goal of the symposium.
Thank you so so SO much for all your support !! Each and everyone one of you is amazing!
Risks and challenges
If we are lucky enough to pass our pledge goal we will put any extra money from the project into planning for a Scottish Folk Magic Weekend. If you help support us at this stage we aim to offer discounts on future events, free access to live streaming and other beautiful ways to be part of this growing community.
We will also add stretch goals that will benefit all our backers these will be revealed if we pass our goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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