The best way to describe my award winning music is “Braveheart meets Last of the Mohicans... at Woodstock.”
Remember the first time you heard Red Tailed Hawk or Dolphin Dances or even Dragonfly? I know from the stories you've shared with me that my Animal Totems music and workshops have touched your hearts and your souls. Thank you for sharing your lives, troubles and successes with me. I believe you'll feel that same energy in my Animal Totems 3 and YOU can help bring it to life by pledging as little as $10 just because you love animals (or me!) up to $10,000 to be an executive producer on our album!
While making and sharing my music is and always will be my passion, my life has been about more than performing. It’s been about discovering my Native American and Scottish heritages and it's been about the preservation and care of both domestic and wild animals, both of which have shaped my life and music.
Bear Totem song
Animal Totems 2
Canadian Geese song
Animal Totems 3
My "Animal Totems" and “Animal Totems 2” CDs have brought me the most recognition, earning me Best Instrumental CD at the Canadian Aboriginal Awards and Artist of the Year at the Native American Awards respectively.
But now the growing “HOWL” from my legion of loyal fans for me to record Animal Totems 3 has been heard!
I will record Animal Totems 3 the same way I did my other full-production albums -- with passion, love and some of the best musicians you've come to expect to hear on my albums.
Help me make this album the best it can be!
CELTIC INDIAN CD
New Promotional Photo
Animal Totems 3 is a world music CD with the magic and medicine of endangered wild animals with compositions that include the instruments and rhythms of the cultures from where they originate and to capture their awesome power in their environment. Using technology to its fullest advantage, I'll be connecting with other musicians all over the world to bring you the flavor of these magnificent beasts with beats!
For those who want to show their support, we have many pledge levels all in the names of endangered wild animals. From "Leopard" where you get the digital download of "Animal Totems 3" to "Asian Elephant" where you get to play YOUR instrument on the album! (ARE YOU KIDDING ME?) No, I'm not kidding. World instruments are especially welcome.
There really is a reward level for everyone! Just check out all the different rewards on the right side of the page.
Every reward level will reflect your support for my advocacy of animal rights, welfare and preservation, and the final tally of your pledges will be a powerful statement.
REWARDS LEVELS INCLUDE...
A Replica of "Pungo" . . .
- Digital Download of Animal Totems 3 with CD artwork
- Limited Edition CD of Animal Totems 3 (with 4 Bonus Tracks)
- Animal Totems 1 and 2 CDs
- Unreleased 2015 "Celtic Indian" CD
- Vintage Arvel Bird Recordings: "Blue Mountain Coffee House Live ” (1978;) “Draggin’ the Bow” (1981); “Fiddle Tunes for the Birds” (2001); “My Cabin Don’t Leak” (2002)
- Vinyl copy of Vintage Arvel Bird’s “Draggin’ the Bow” LP (1981)
- "Show up and Believe" T-shirt
- Official Kickstarter Arvel Bird Animal Totems 3 Endangered Animal Rescue Full color T-shirt
- New Promotional Picture
Add $10 to any reward level to also receive the "Show Up and Believe" T-Shirt I am proudly wearing (below).
If you have questions about any of the rewards levels, please message me through Kickstarter!
I’m an avid animal lover, both domestic and wild, and I’ve been honoring them with song, stories and workshops since starting my own independent record label, Singing Wolf Records, in 2001 with "Fiddle Tunes for the Birds", followed in 2002 by Animal Totems and 2005 with Animal Totems 2
For the past 14 years my wife Kimberly and I have rescued, fostered and adopted dogs, birds and other animals. I have worked with wildlife organizations (Soaring Hawk Rescue, Indiana Raptor Center, Defenders of Wildlife, and Endangered Animal Rescue Sanctuary) to bring education and awareness of the need to take care of our animal brothers and sisters.
That path has led me to discover how much we can learn from them. We help them, they help us.
Because the preservation and care of animals is a passion of mine as strong as my music, everyone who makes the minimum pledge of $10 will receive the "Show up and Believe" T-shirt, which means that you’re willing to "show up" in life and you "believe" that you CAN make a difference when we stand together for the advocacy of the animals.
Completing Animal Totems 3
All Kickstarter funds received will go towards recording and manufacturing Animal Totems 3, fulfilling rewards, and all expenses involved with this Kickstarter campaign including Kickstarter and bank fees, video production / page setup by TheBahash, and CD and T-Shirt artwork by our brilliant illustrator.
This Spring, I’ll be in the studio with recording engineer, Peter Young of Ultra Audio Production recording Animal Totems 3 and on the Internet beginning with Gene Rabbai in Brazil.
If we exceed our goal, the funds will go towards additional tour support in promoting this CD, other promotion and additional media formats.
I have been out here on the road touring full time as an independent artist for more than 11 years now. In that time, Kimberly and I have met and gotten to know thousands and thousands of you personally. We’ve always known that my fans are the best any artist could hope for. Now we are asking for your help.
Stand with me for the animals, help me make the music and together we can begin to change the world.
With a GIANT PANDA pledge, in addition to all the other cool stuff, you will receive your choice of a 17" x 28" frame ready archival museum quality prints.
Risks and challenges
Although we never expect a problem when it come to releasing my CDs, there's always a possibility that one of the musician's schedules might be compromised or gear could break down in the studio, or the manufacturer could run into problems, but through all my 23 CDs that's never happened and the CDs have always been released on time.
The biggest wild card is my time which you know is spent touring. So I'm spending all my spare time being inspired and working on composing the songs and arrangements for Animal Totems 3. Backing this project will ensure I have the time to create the BEST possible album that YOU've been asking for! I know you're going to LOVE it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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