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GREAT BEAR is back with a new album of euphoric contra dance music!
GREAT BEAR is back with a new album of euphoric contra dance music!
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GREAT BEAR's Magic Fantasy Dream Dance!

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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.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of Magic Fantasy Dream Dance before it comes out and a thank you note

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    SIGNED ALBUM

    signed physical copy of MAGIC FANTASY DREAM DANCE + prerelease download

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    STICKER / POSTER

    nifty new Great Bear BUMPER STICKER and Magic Fantasy Dream Dance 2017 tour POSTER + signed album + prerelease download

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    COMPLETE YOUR COLLECTION

    COMPLETE YOUR COLLECTION: a copy of The Waltz Album or any one of our previous releases (or a second copy of the new album for a friend) + poster and bumper sticker + signed album + prerelease download

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    exclusive Magic Fantasy Dream Dance kickstarter T-SHIRT + "complete your collection" + poster and bumper sticker + signed album + prerelease download

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    CONTRA MEME CALENDAR

    2017 contra meme CALENDAR including all of Great Bear's tour dates + t-shirt + "complete your collection" + poster and bumper sticker + signed album + prerelease download

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    TUNE BOOK

    a copy of our brand new TUNE BOOK: original reels, jigs and waltzes by Andrew & Noah + calendar + t-shirt + "complete your collection" + poster and bumper sticker + signed album + prerelease download

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    THE BOX SET

    the complete official Andrew & Noah / Great Bear discography (nine CDs!) in a spiffy BOX SET + tune book + calendar + t-shirt + "complete your collection" + poster and bumper sticker + signed album + prerelease download

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    WE WILL WRITE YOU A TUNE

    Andrew & Noah will write you an original TUNE (give us a mood, title, key or anything else you'd like) and send you a recording of it with sheet music + tune book + calendar + t-shirt + "complete your collection" + poster and bumper sticker + signed album + prerelease download

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    HOUSE CONCERT

    acoustic duo CONCERT by Andrew & Noah (we can talk over logistics and travel expenses) + tune book + calendar + t-shirt + "complete your collection" + poster and bumper sticker + signed album + prerelease download

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    HEY, YOU'RE AWESOME!

    Yeah, wow... this is amazing! THANK YOU! Obviously, you can have any of this stuff you want. Woohoo!

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    Um, really? Are you sure?

    Geez, okay. Wow. I mean, thanks. Like, a lot. Sheesh. So yeah, um... anything else you want? Maybe we could, I dunno, send you a birthday card or something...

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