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take the durham street piano player home with you: an album of original songs by Tom Merrigan!
take the durham street piano player home with you: an album of original songs by Tom Merrigan!
59 backers pledged $4,094 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi, I'm Tom Merrigan. Five years ago, I asked for help to get an old piano, put some heavy-duty wheels on it, and a trailer to move it. People came out and gave generous support, making the Durham Street Piano Project come to life!

For the last five years, I have been playing my street piano out on the streets, at the farmer's market, and in bars and restaurants in the area. I have been playing with many great local musicians, including Dana Marks of Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and Curtis Eller's American Circus, Kevin Magill of the Bulltown Strutters, and great horn players Steve Cowles and Danny Grewen who play regularly with the Berlin Brothers, Wiley Fosters, and Katherine Whalen's Swedish Wood Patrol. I have played to local politicians, kids, homeless folks, old people, young people, and most of all smiling people. The one question I consistently get when I am playing out and about:

Do you have an album or CD?

Please help make this happen!!! 

Unfortunately, a good recording takes someone with skills and equipment. It takes mixing down and mastering the recording so nothing is too loud and nothing is too quiet. And, it takes someone to burn the album onto CDs.

That is why I need your help!

The man with the skills and talent to make this album is none other than Durham engineer/producer Dave Tilley of Bogue Sound Studios (you may also know him as "Washboard Dave" of the Bull City Cosmic Hoedown radio program on WXDU-FM). Dave loves to work with acoustic music groups of all sorts. He will record me and this amazing band on location at Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough, then mix the finished record in his analog studio in Durham. 

Mystery Brewing has been a big supporter of mine and of all the folks I regularly play with. Owner/brewer Erik Myers has generously volunteered his brewery on September 30 to serve as the recording studio for this endeavor. If you pitch in $40 or more, you get an invite to the actual recording session on September 30! 

THANK YOU for helping make this happen!!!

Risks and challenges

The making of a record is a monumental undertaking beyond the realm of pushing a 400-lb piano into the street and playing to passersby. Recording venues, engineers, and high-fidelity equipment cost money in order to capture the raucous, bouncy tunes with purity and nuance!

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    Limited offer! 45 RPM vinyl record!

    Only 6 of these special edition 45 RPM vinyl records available in the last week! Get two songs on this special record + you will receive an email invitation to the private live recording + an autographed CD of the final mixed and mastered album + personalized email thanking you for your support!

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    The band and I play a private show at your business or home (within 50 miles of Durham) + you will receive an email invitation to the private live recording session at Mystery Brewing on the date of the recording + an autographed CD of the final mixed and mastered album + a personalized email thanking you for your support!

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