The Blue Ridge Irish Music School – or BRIMS as it’s better known – Was started in 1999 as a way to organize a trip to Ireland for our students and get them in touch with the source of the music and dance they loved. Ever since, BRIMS has been growing and branching out, but always around our core love and mission - teaching the living art of Irish traditional music and dance, and fostering a dynamic environment for it in central Virginia and beyond. As it is with traditional music in Ireland, we teach music and dance as part of the fabric of everyday life, family and community. Your donation to this project is tax deductible!
And 14 years later, it’s working! We start from a core of lessons, classes and sessions geared not only to teaching music and dance, but to teaching people to play and dance together. We now have 501(c)(3) non-profit status, we’ve been back to Ireland twice, recorded our first CD, The Virginia Reel, made friends around the world, and much much more! For more on BRIMS itself, check out our website at www.brimstunes.org. Now BRIMS is preparing to record our second full length CD of tunes, songs and percussive dance. Our first, recorded in 2001, was an artistic, learning and fundraising success. But we only have a few left, and a whole new crew of talented students and instructors. We will be recording with the same folks who did our first record – longtime recording engineer and producer, Bobby Read, and BRIMS founder and fiddle player, Sara Read.
About half the CD will feature tracks from the BRIMS Traditional Ensemble – the performing arm of our school. The remainder of the tracks will feature instructors and alumnae. Students and instructors are volunteering their talents to the CD. All the money raised on Kickstarter will go to producing the CD, and all the money from CD sales will go to benefit BRIMS.
At the end of the day we will make a CD that is a pleasure to listen to, communicates what BRIMS is all about, and shares the warmth and community of Irish traditional music that we love so well.
Risks and challenges
We are extremely confident, based on long experience, in our ability to organize and coach our students, and in Bobby and Sara’s ability to produce a high quality recording. Fundraising will be a challenge, but our goal is modest and we believe it is reachable. We will record mainly “live.” That is, everyone in a room playing together. We plan to do very little overdubbing or editing, which will keep our studio hours under control. However, production schedules can be unpredictable and it is possible that our delivery date might be pushed back by a few weeks if unexpected delays occur.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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