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I'm crowdfunding to turn Busk England into a book, an album, and a tour.
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Busk England, a year and a half of getting to know my own country better.

After 17 months of busking around England, 46 blogs, and countless adventures, the time has come to turn this vast body of material into a book and an album.

This has been the most remarkable chapter of my life so far. I stepped out of the door in early April last year, quite unable to predict what would happen. It has been the most extraordinary experience. I've made new friends all over the country, seen a variety of life far beyond what I could have imagined, accidentally upset a few people and had to go back, all the while learning and writing. I've been supported along the way by the busking collection and supporters of my blog. This is my chance to turn the whole thing into a lasting record of the stories, the music, the cold wet streets and the ringing fiddle. 

Making new friends

I'll be spending the rest of the year curating this mass of written material and countless recordings into the final outputs of this mammoth project, the album and the book, but without your help it will be hard to do! Without regular busking trips and gigs, I don't have any direct income for the period, so with your support and some healthy pre-sales, I can sustain myself whilst delivering this thing.

I've signed a book contract with Scratching Shed, a Leeds based publisher, and the tour is coming together for May and June.

As well as the obvious pre-sales of the book and album, I've included some quirkier ideas, such as essays on the subject of your choice, house concerts, and a giant garden vegetable.

There's also the chance to pick up the Hastings fiddle, a beautiful instrument with a unique story. 

Risks and challenges

The project is touring in May and June. We aim to have the album and book complete well before then for a good lead in. We may get them away sooner, but April is definitely realistic.

The house concerts can happen at just about any time really. We'll arrange a date of mutual convenience and make it happen!

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    Pledge £12 or more About US$ 16

    Busk England CD album

    A collaboration between myself and Marit Fält, this is the soundtrack of the Busk England project. New tunes, old tunes, found sounds and ideas taken from across England.

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    Busk England book

    The forthcoming book! To be published by Scratching Shed in the Spring. The story of a year and a half busking around England.

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    Book and CD Album

    A pound cheaper for the pair! And less postage too.

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    House Concert

    I'll come and perform an informal concert for you and your friends anywhere in the UK, showcasing material from the Busk England project, music and spoken word. This can be in your house or at the venue of your choosing, and would preferably happen at some point during the spring, but we can be flexible. :)

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    Giant vegetable

    A giant vegetable harvested from my back garden, the tromboncino squash. A faithful friend, and a tasty ingredient in many meals. Useful for self defence or as a conversation piece.

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    Essay on the subject of your choice

    I'll write a hopefully humerous and perhaps informative essay of at least 1500 words on the subject of your choice, no matter how little I know about the subject, even if it's partical physics or the life cycle of the vole. Think of the possibilities! Backers will receive them first, then I'll publish these on the Busk England blog.

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    The 'Hastings' violin.

    This violin, bought from a stranger on the streets of Hastings, and restored to life can be yours! It's a lovely German trade fiddle, and I'll post a video of how it sounds as the kickstarter continues. This comes with the option of 2 one-hour violin lessons to get you started, and 50% of the profit will go to a community charity in Hastings.
    https://buskengland.wordpress.com/2018/09/04/hastings/

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