Hello everyone! This is our Kickstarter for the brand new Great Bear album MAGIC FANTASY DREAM DANCE! It's been almost six years since we recorded an album of contra dance music and we are SO EXCITED to share these tunes with all of you.
Great Bear's current lineup is Andrew VanNorstrand on guitars and fiddle, Noah VanNorstrand on fiddle, mandolin and feet, Kim "Mama Bear" Yerton on piano, Chris Miller on saxophones and banjo, Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens on clarinet and Dana Billings on drums. We also have some special guests joining us on the album to help fill out the sound!
There's a lot of original material featured on this album but also some older traditional tunes including a kick ass, fiddle heavy version of the ultimate classic New England dance tune MONEY MUSK!!!
We enjoy pushing the boundaries of what people consider contra dance music; mixing fiddle tunes with pop-rock dance grooves. Some of our biggest influences for this album are Michael Jackson, Chic, Daft Punk, Fleetwood Mac, The Flaming Lips, Electric Light Orchestra and Chaka Khan.
So here's where we need your help. Recording an album like this is a long, complicated and expensive process. At this point, a lot of the tracking is already done (and sounding awesome!) but we still need to add a few more instruments before we get to mixing, mastering, art design, printing and promotion. YOU can help us make our Magic Fantasy Dream Dance a reality!
Risks and challenges
This is our ninth(!) self-released album on Great Bear Records. The biggest challenge for a project like this is staying on schedule. There are so many people involved, so many moving pieces and variables. We spent over ten months on planning, prep work and rehearsals before we event got to the studio. We've been recording at both GCR Studios in Buffalo, NY and Electric Wilburland in Newfield, NY as well as home and mobile recording setups for maximum flexibility. We should be finished tracking in mid August (hooray!) and can then move on to mixing and the rest of the process. The total cost of the project will be well over $7K but this Kickstarter will really help us stay on track for a November 2016 release.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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