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Fiddlin' Claude Martin is looking for your help to record his first solo  Old Time Fiddle Album. Help preserve traditional music.
Fiddlin' Claude Martin is looking for your help to record his first solo Old Time Fiddle Album. Help preserve traditional music.
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This project is specifically an Old Time Fiddle Album showcasing tunes of Appalachia. From crooked to straightforward, from lively to somber, each track tells a story. The main goal of this project is to preserve and further the traditional Old Time Fiddle Music of Appalachia. While most of the tunes have roots in West Virginia and Kentucky, the origin and lineage of each track will be carefully noted in the liner notes, when at all possible. It has now been confirmed that Danny Knicely, multi-instrumentalist, guitar and mandolin master and Victor Furtado, the young banjo master, will be working with me on this album! The album is set to be recorded at the legendary Patuxent Music out of Rockville MD! It is all thanks to you, the backers, that this is possible. We still haven't reached that goal, but with an end in sight, preparations are being made!

Risks and challenges

This album is going to be recorded at Patuxent Music in Rockville MD. Other great musicians will be involved, but I have to get the funding first! This money will strictly be used to compensate other notable studio musicians and cover studio costs. The rewards I am offering here are humble and modest, but meaningful. Let not the monetary value placed to them be a discerning factor, but more of a guide. The actual values certainly can differ, and if you think of something I haven't offered, let me know! I want everyone's input on this project to make it a community ordeal. Let me know your thoughts and suggestions! I will take them to heart. I love this music and through this cd I can only hope that some young fiddler will discover the same passion I have for this art.

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    Liner Note Dedication

    Your name will appear as one of the special contributors to my Project on the physical Liner Notes of my Album!

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    Digital Download of the Album

    This will be a link to download the tracks off of the new Fiddle Album.

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    Claude and Erica will sing you a song!

    Erica Snow will join me in singing you a song either over the phone or via Skype!

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    Cd-hard copy

    Brand new copy of the fiddle album!

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    Poem

    I will write you a Poem. If you have some content to go into it then I will use it, if not no worries!

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    Beginner Fiddle Lesson

    This reward is for the player who is familiar with their instrument but still needs some tips. You'll have a chance to either Skype with me or sit down one on one for an hour to go over fiddle technique and highlight areas of interest.

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    Advanced Fiddle Lesson

    This reward is for the moderate to advanced fiddler who wants to improve their technique in regards to bowing, notation, intonation, posture, methods etc. We can go over a specific tune that you know or I can teach you a new one!

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    Write You A Song

    I will write you a song that can be based in any genre, but folk would be my first choice. The context and content of the song can have your input or can just be something I dedicate to you! Can't beat it for $100!

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    Record one song/tune of your choice

    This I feel is the best reward. This will be a permanent part of this project and show your input through a physical song/tune in the Old Time Tradition to be recorded on this project! The suggestions will have to be at my and my producer's discretion, but I have a feeling you have a few you'd like to hear!

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    Fiddle Workshop

    I will host a fiddle workshop for a group of individuals or for a more intimate setting of your choosing, group not to exceed 40. This workshop can focus on Old Time Appalachian Fiddling or Irish Traditional Fiddling.

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    Professional Performance

    I will play with another notable Old Time Musician(s) from the DC area for your event! Event not to exceed 3 hours of total performance time.

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