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We're releasing a full-length album this year! We need your help to fund the remaining studio, post-production, and printing costs.
We're releasing a full-length album this year! We need your help to fund the remaining studio, post-production, and printing costs.
92 backers pledged CA$ 5,048 to help bring this project to life.

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WELCOME

Thank you for taking interest in our project! 

We are Early Spirit, and we're building the best Canadian folk music debut of 2018. It's called Unrelated because, at each of our 100+ performances per year, someone asks us if we are a family band. None of us are related! But we're on a mission to bring more great music into your life, and your support is crucial to making it happen.

THE BAND 

Early Spirit is Ben Kelly (drums), Gabriel Dubreuil (violin), Jay Knutson (guitar and lead vocal), and Will Ross (bass). We all love hanging out together and growing our musical family: nobody's leaving this lineup! Here's a bit more about us.

Gabriel returned to Vancouver after completing a degree at the Berklee College of Music in 2016 and formed a trio with Jay, and Will right away. On a shoestring budget, they performed at festivals and self-produced a debut album. 

The trio leveled up to a band when Ben joined in 2017. His energy made the difference in starting to hone the band's sound. We clicked immediately because, over 15 years, Jay had taught and mentored Will, Gabriel, and Ben in the North Shore Celtic Ensemble. And yes, Jay cycles through their names when trying to get the attention of one: “Ben…Will…Gabriel?” 

Musically, we're diverse. Jay has a rich performance history with iconic Canadian acts including Connie Kaldor, Hart Rouge, and Spirit of the West; he is a talented songwriter whose lyrics and guitar playing are the driving force of Early Spirit. Gabriel combines traditional Celtic and Quebecois fiddling, world music, and jazz into his instrumental compositions. Ben’s approach to folk drumming is quirky and melodic, giving the band its charm. Will plays a monster bass line and even doubles Gabriel's melodies during big moments.

THE ALBUM 

This Kickstarter campaign allows us to release a full-length album featuring songs and instrumentals. In March, we recorded the first four tracks at Vancouver's Monarch Studios. We will record the remaining tracks in June, working with sound engineer James Stephens in Ottawa. Our team also includes producer Leonard Podolak (The Duhks, producer for Ten Strings and a Goat Skin) and post-production expert Mark Busic (Genticorum, le Vent du Nord). We feature several guest musicians on “Unrelated” including Michelle Campagne (Hart Rouge) and more to be announced.

Pre-orders will be fulfilled by late September, and the release concert in Vancouver will be held at the Rogue Folk Club on Friday, November 9th.

THE BREAKDOWN 

The album will cost $16,000 CAD to produce from start to finish. We are asking for your support to help us raise one-quarter of the total: $4,000 CAD. This amount helps to cover our studio costs, post-production, and CD printing. 

We are covering the remaining expenses by performing throughout the summer and fall!

Any additional funds that are raised will be used for publicity and marketing so that we ensure our music is heard and reaches the widest audience possible.

HOW TO SUPPORT THIS PROJECT 

"This album is a great potluck dinner; it’s delicious because of what everyone in the family brings to the table. Any contribution is sweet!" - Will Chernoff, Bass

 There are so many levels of support that you can offer us and we are most grateful for whatever you are able to provide. No amount is too small: we are very grateful for any amount that you can offer. Your financial support will go a long way to help us reach our goal and create something magical – thank you!
 
 We have lots of fun experiences and goodies to thank you for your help in making this project a reality (check out the rewards section on the right!). 
 
If you are not in a position to support this project directly, you can still help us make our dream a reality by sharing this Kickstarter with your friends and family on Facebook or by email, and by coming to a show! After all, word-of-mouth is the backbone of the modern musician!  

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing funding platform. Every donation counts. If we do not reach our goal of raising $4,000, your credit card will not be charged and the rewards will not be sent out.

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    Pledge CA$ 3 or more About $2

    Thank you!

    For the cost of a coffee, you have our eternal gratitude, and you have the satisfaction of knowing you helped create something special!

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    The Digital

    The digital download of Unrelated.

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    • Album download
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    The CD

    A signed CD of Unrelated, mailed to your doorstep!

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $38

    The Musician

    A signed CD of Unrelated + a personalized book of our sheet music or handwritten lyrics to our songs

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    • Sheet music/lyric book
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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $76

    The Session

    A signed CD of Unrelated + a one-hour music lesson with any of us (violin, guitar, bass or drums).

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    • Signed CD
    • Music lesson
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    Pledge CA$ 600 or more About $457

    The Crawl

    2 signed CDs of Unrelated + 2 tickets to any Unrelated tour concert + you, a friend, and the band enjoy a night out at 3 local breweries of your choice (1 tasting flight each per brewery).

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    • Tickets to any album release concert
    • Night out!
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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $762

    House Concert

    2 signed copies of Unrelated + house concert in your home.

    Lower mainland with trio or quartet. If more than 3 hours from Vancouver or tour circuit - travel extra.

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