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Arvel BirdBy Arvel Bird
First created
Arvel BirdBy Arvel Bird
First created
$12,862
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
140
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, March 23 2015 8:57 PM UTC +00:00

About

Arvel Bird

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.

At my very core, I am a creator of music. Photo by Kara Malpass
At my very core, I am a creator of music. Photo by Kara Malpass

 Animal Totems

Animal Totems
Animal Totems

 Bear Totem song

 Animal Totems 2

Animal Totems 2
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

Celtic Indian CD Orignal Photo  by Robert Cheshire www.rkcphoto.com
Celtic Indian CD Orignal Photo by Robert Cheshire www.rkcphoto.com

 New Promotional Photo

New Promotional Picture included with all pledges of $100 + (Photo by Robert Cheshire)
New Promotional Picture included with all pledges of $100 + (Photo by Robert Cheshire)

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!  

My original concept sketch of CD cover and T-Shirt design now safely in the hands of the illustrator / graphic designer
My original concept sketch of CD cover and T-Shirt design now safely in the hands of the illustrator / graphic designer
Vinyl LP Vintage Arvel Bird "Draggin' The Bow" 1981
Vinyl LP Vintage Arvel Bird "Draggin' The Bow" 1981
Back Cover Draggin' the Bow with Stetson Hat and Frances the Violin
Back Cover Draggin' the Bow with Stetson Hat and Frances the Violin

Rewards

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" . . . 

A replica "Pungo" violin hand-painted by me is one of the rewards at the LOGGERHEAD TURTLE level!
A replica "Pungo" violin hand-painted by me is one of the rewards at the LOGGERHEAD TURTLE level!
  • 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-ONS

Add $10 to any reward level to also receive the "Show Up and Believe" T-Shirt I am proudly wearing (below).

My "Show Up and Believe" T-shirt
My "Show Up and Believe" T-shirt

If you have questions about any of the rewards levels, please message me through Kickstarter!

Animals

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.   

Me and Apollo sharing a "moment" at EARS, Inc. near Ocala, FL
Me and Apollo sharing a "moment" at EARS, Inc. near Ocala, FL

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.

My Fans

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.

Limited edition fine art prints, signed and numbered
Limited edition fine art prints, signed and numbered

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.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    GORILLA
    "SHOW UP AND BELIEVE" T-SHIRT
    + Get the t-shirt and show the world that you are willing to be part of the change
    + And a digital download of Arvel's mix of the very first song recorded

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    LEOPARD
    ANIMAL TOTEMS 3 DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    + Get the 12 song digital download of Animal Totem 3

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    CONDOR
    ANIMAL TOTEMS 3 KICKSTARTER LIMITED EDITION CD WITH 4 BONUS TRACKS (16 TRACK ALBUM)
    + Get the 16 song Kickstarter Limited Edition Animal Totems 3 CD
    + Plus the 12 song digital download of Animal Totem 3

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    MARINE IGUANA
    OFFICIAL ANIMAL TOTEMS 3 KICKSTARTER T-SHIRT
    + Get the Arvel Bird Animal Totems 3 Endangered Animal Rescue Full-Color T-shirt
    + The 16 song Kickstarter Limited Edition Animal Totems 3 CD
    + Plus the 12 song digital download of Animal Totem 3

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    ARCTIC WOLF
    UNRELEASED "CELTIC INDIAN" CD
    + Get Arvel Bird's New Full-Production, Unreleased 2015 "Celtic Indian" CD
    + Everything from the $50 Reward

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    GREAT SAGE-GROUSE
    ANIMAL TOTEMS 1,2, AND 3
    + Get Arvel's Animal Totems 1 and 2 CDs
    + Everything from the $50 Reward
    + Promo Picture of Arvel Bird

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    Pledge $130 or more About $130

    GREAT WHITE SHARK
    VINITAGE ARVEL BIRD (4 Recordings)
    + Get 4 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), all delivered on one USB Thumb Drive
    + Everything from the $100 Reward.
    + Arvel Bird’s NEW full-production, unreleased 2015 “Celtic Indian” CD

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    ORANGUTAN
    VINYL ARVEL BIRD
    + Get a vinyl copy of Vintage Arvel Bird’s “Draggin’ the Bow” LP (1981)
    + Everything from the $130 Reward

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    TIGER
    VIP TICKETS
    +Get 2 VIP tickets to any concert or festival where I am performing at (includes: a meal for 2 with Arvel and Kimberly; sound check; backstage passes and front row seats; travel and lodging not included)
    + Everything from the $130 Reward
    (Must be redeemed by April 15, 2016).

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    CHIMPANZEE
    LIVE INTERNET CONCERT
    + Get a live 30 minute internet concert right to your home computer followed by a Q&A with Arvel and Kimberly
    + A live concert CD/DVD of the “Sea of Glass” concert in Tucson, AZ, recorded on February 20, 2015
    + 2 VIP tickets to any concert or festival where I am performing at (includes: a meal for 2 with Arvel and Kimberly; sound check; backstage passes and front row seats; travel and lodging not included).
    + Everything from the $130 Reward
    (Must be redeemed by April 15, 2016)
    + AND Your name listed under THANK YOU's on the CD liner notes

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    BLACK RHINOCEROS
    NAME AN ANIMAL TO BE ON THE CD
    + As of the launch of this Campaign, the names of the endangered animals to be represented have not been finalized. So this is your opportunity to select an endangered animal for the album.
    + I will compose and record a song of an endangered animal of your choice to be one of the new songs recorded for the “Animal Totems 3” CD and have your name appear in the liner notes.
    + A live concert CD/DVD of the “Sea of Glass” concert in Tucson, AZ, recorded on February 20, 2015
    + 2 VIP tickets to any concert or festival where I am performing at (includes: a meal for 2 with Arvel and Kimberly; sound check; back stage passes and front row seats; travel and lodging not included).
    + Everything from the $130 Reward
    (Must be redeemed by April 15, 2016).

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    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    LOGGERHEAD TURTLE
    HAND PAINTED VIOLIN
    + Arvel will hand paint a “Pungo” violin for you, like the one that he plays in concert. These violins are a Limited Edition, signed and numbered. Comes with case, bow and rosin. Will ship in order of pledge received at the end of the project.
    + 2 VIP tickets to any concert or festival where I am performing at (includes: a meal for 2 with Arvel and Kimberly; sound check; back stage passes and front row seats; travel and lodging not included).
    + A live concert CD/DVD of the “Sea of Glass” concert in Tucson, AZ, recorded on February 20, 2015
    + A 17” x 28” black and white limited edition fine art print, signed and numbered, of Arvel Bird photographed by Robert Cheshire www.rkcphoto.com
    + Plus everything from the $130 Reward
    (Must be redeemed by April 15, 2016).
    + Your name listed under THANK YOU's on the CD liner notes.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    ASIAN ELEPHANT
    PLAY YOUR INSTRUMENT ON ANIMAL TOTEMS 3
    + Based on your instrument, we will choose the song for you to play on. We will send you the stereo track mix by June 1
    + Record 5 different versions of your instrument to our stereo mix. My co-producer will take the very best parts and mix them into the song.
    + 2 VIP tickets to any concert or festival where I am performing at (includes: a meal for 2 with Arvel and Kimberly; sound check; backstage passes and front row seats; travel and lodging not included). Must be redeemed by April 15, 2016.
    + A live concert CD/DVD of the “Sea of Glass” concert in Tucson, AZ, recorded on February 20, 2015
    + A 17” x 28” black and white limited edition fine art print, signed and numbered, of Arvel Bird photographed by Robert Cheshire www.rkcphoto.com
    +Also your name will be listed on the CD liner notes under credits and thank you's.
    + Everything from $130 Reward

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    ARCTIC FOX
    PRIVATE CONCERT
    + Private 2 hour concert by Arvel and Kimberly at your home for you and guests anywhere in the US or Canada by the end of April 2016.
    + 2 VIP tickets to any concert or festival where I am performing
    + VIP tickets for two to any concert of Arvel Bird for a year. (includes: a meal for 2 with Arvel and Kimberly on one concert date; sound check; backstage passes and front row seats; travel and lodging not included)
    + Also your name will be listed on the CD liner notes under credits and thank you's.
    + A 17” x 28” black and white limited edition fine art print, signed and numbered, of Arvel Bird photographed by Robert Cheshire www.rkcphoto.com
    + Everything from $130 Reward

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    GIANT PANDA
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER and VIP
    + With this reward level, you become an Executive Producer on the CD with credits on the liner notes.
    + You get all the rewards at the GREAT WHITE SHARK level
    + PLUS VIP tickets for two to any concert of Arvel Bird for a year (includes: a meal for 2 with Arvel and Kimberly on one concert date; sound check; backstage passes and front row seats; travel and lodging not included)
    + A live concert CD/DVD of the “Sea of Glass” concert in Tucson, AZ, recorded on February 20, 2015
    + A 17” x 28” black and white limited edition fine art print, signed and numbered, of Arvel Bird photographed by Robert Cheshire www.rkcphoto.com
    + Everything from $130 Reward

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Funding period

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