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Gideon & Hubcap are taking their show to the largest arts festival in the world, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this summer in Scotland
Gideon & Hubcap are taking their show to the largest arts festival in the world, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this summer in Scotland
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THE SHOW

The Gideon and Hubcap Show is Gideon Irving and Hubcap Sloan, two wandering wastrels who perform their guerilla vaudeville act in living rooms across America, from Mendocino to Sheepshead Bay. Our show features music, what-the-huh??s, and death-defying acts of friendship. We tour with a menagerie of instruments including guitar, banjos, harmonium, shruti box, water organs, accordion, jaw harp, clack amore, ocean harp, doodads, whatnots, and hey-nows. It's a potpourri of songs, stories, and theatrical curiosities that audiences have called “a beautifully orchestrated trainwreck” and “the least boring thing I’ve ever seen.”

THE PLAN

Having played in homes in the US, we are excited to start building an international network of homes and hosts. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, the largest arts festival in the world, is the perfect place to make connections with audiences from around the globe and to get some great press in the process. By way of our collaboration with acclaimed theater producer Staci Levine we have secured a dynamite spot at the Underbelly, one of the most popular venues at the festival, playing there every night from Aug 5th to 23rd at 10:55pm. 

In order to stand out from the roughly 3,000 acts at The Fringe, we've signed on with SFTW - a production company with extensive experience at The Fringe. In working with them we have access to professional marketing and press teams that understand what we do and know how to draw an audience.

Bringing this show to The Fringe is a huge undertaking. We need to cover travel for Gideon and Hubcap and our prodigiously versatile production assistant Coire Williams, baggage fees, props, insurance, marketing, UK-based general manager and press agent, the venue rental fee, housing, and more. We have already privately raised a good deal of these funds. This Kickstarter will bring us the rest of the way.  

Our remaining budget breakdown is as follows (all figures in pounds sterling):

Travel + Housing

  • Airfare 2,700
  • Extra bag fees 350
  • Housing 2,500

Venue + Insurance

  • Venue rental 2,500
  • Insurance 250

Marketing

  • UK Press Agent 1,000
  • Poster/flyer printing + distribution 600

Total £10,900 ( = $15,547 )

photo by Isak Tiner
photo by Isak Tiner

THE TEAM

Gideon Irving plays shows in peoples homes. His collaboration with the Foundry Theater, Living Here, was featured in The New Yorker and named a New York Times and Time Out critics' pick. He has toured through homes across New Zealand on a bicycle with a trailer of instruments, on Roller Blades while pushing a modified shopping cart across NYC and in a Subaru across the US and Canada. He describes his music as Stove Top Folk and he describes Stove Top Folk as a bit of this and some of that. Much more at mynameisgideon.com.

Hubcap Sloan is a musicologist, composer, educator and performer currently writing a dissertation on nightclubs in Harlem during the late 1920s and early 1930s.  Among his recent exploits, he scored the award-winning film Slomo and hosts the pop music podcast Switched on Pop. Check him out at neatsloan.com

Staci Levine of Groundswell Theatricals, is a NYC-based producer and general manger. She has produced on Broadway, in the West End, and on tour, but believes nothing is groovier than bringing shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Coire Williams was raised in a family of diverse and creative vocations, and is an artist whose choice of mediums has evolved to include drawing, painting, sculpting, musical instruments, stop-motion animation, drystone work, landscaping and fine woodwork. See his work at coirewilliams.com.

Photo by Izzy Wilder
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Photo by Jake Izenberg
Photo by Jake Izenberg
Photo by Jake Izenberg
Photo by Jake Izenberg
Photo by Jake Izenberg
Photo by Jake Izenberg
Photo by Jake Izenberg
Photo by Jake Izenberg

Risks and challenges

Producer extraordinaire Staci has taken shows to the Fringe before, as well as Broadway and around the world providing invaluable experience. The challenge is to give every audience and each other every thing we have every night, to leave all on the stage and to come back the next night and do it all again. That's hard, but we love doing it. The biggest risk at The Fringe is not being able to acquire an adequate audience, this is why we are investing in a premium publicity and marketing team to the degree we know is necessary for this festival.

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    •A digital update from Gideon and Hubcap in Edinburgh
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    •An update from Gideon and Hubcap
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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!

    •A first edition G&H U.S. tour tea towel
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    •We will name a star for you and point it out to you some evening

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    WE WILL RECORD YOUR OUTGOING MESSAGE FOR YOUR PHONE IN HARMONY!

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    HUBCAP will name his first child after your second child or GIDEON will let you name your first child after him.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL (the wisdom package)

    A first edition G&H U.S. tour tea towel with an inspirational message from the ancient talmudic philosophy of Stove Top Folk penned by the artists onto the towel

    •Two tickets to our show in Edinburgh!
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    •Our favorite recipe for sandwich and salad (not a joke).

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    •Two tickets to our show in Edinburgh!
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    •Imperial roll gratitude.

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    An analog postcard from Edinburgh

    An act of kindness towards a stranger in your name. We will do this act and then let the recipient know that we wouldn't have done it if it wasn't for you.

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    Two of Hubcap's finest academic papers, signed by the author, along with a jar of Gideon Irving's Onion Servings™, the world-famous caramelized onion treat. Together, these two rewards make for a PERFECT Saturday night.

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    A postcard every week from our Edinburgh run!
    + a cup of coffee down the line at a cafe of your choosing in a town we are all in.

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    NAME GIDEON'S GUITAR

    You get to decide a name for Gideon's guitar. So, once you choose to christen his instrument as, say, "Sybil Wigglesworth," we will refer to the guitar henceforth forevermore as such and we will send you a commemorative photograph of the guitar with its new name on a plaque.

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    NAME NATE'S BANJO

    You get to decide a name for Nate's banjo. So, once you choose to christen his instrument as, say, "Fred," we will refer to that banjo henceforth forevermore as such. In addition, we will send you a commemorative photograph of the banjo with its new name on a plaque.

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    NAME OUR HARMONIUM

    You get to decide a name for our trusty harmonium. So, once you choose to christen our instrument as, say, "Cantaloupe Jones," we will refer to that harmonium henceforth forevermore as such and we will send you a commemorative photograph of the harmonium with its new name on a plaque.

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    A care package of assorted edible bugs featured in The Gideon and Hubcap Show, plus a jar of Scottish artisanal haggis.

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    AN ORIGINAL G&H SONG BASED ON YOUR NAME.

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    AN ORIGINAL G&H SONG FOR ANYONE OF YOUR CHOOSING ON A TOPIC OF YOUR SELECTION IN A STYLE OF YOUR DELIGHT

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    VIP luxury orchestra seating at a future Gideon and Hubcap Show in a home near you (exact time and location TBD but we will be going everywhere eventually). You will be provided a designer beverage that will be mixed for you in a most performative fashion during the show and served to you in song.

    •Two tickets to our show in Edinburgh!
    •A first edition G&H U.S. tour tea towel
    •An update from Gideon and Hubcap
    •Two exclusive mp3 tracks from the show

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    We will dedicate one of our shows to you live in Edinburgh and tell a fictional story about how we used to slay dragons in Tulsa with you and we will send you a recording of the bit.

    VIP luxury orchestra seating at a future Gideon and Hubcap Show in a home near you (exact time and location TBD but we will be going everywhere eventually). You will be provided a designer beverage that will be mixed for you in a most performative fashion during the show and served to you in song.

    •Two tickets to our show in Edinburgh!
    •A first edition G&H U.S. tour tea towel
    •An update from Gideon and Hubcap
    •Two exclusive mp3 tracks from the show

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    SPECIAL OFFER!!!
    NYC AREA ONLY - MONDAY, JULY 27TH, 2015

    The Gideon and Hubcap Show in your home for the night of July 28th this summer!!! We will do our show as we do for you and your people, but without our traditional $5-$50 sliding scale donation per person do to your generous support.

    Normally we ask our hosts to have at least 30 people in attendance, but for this special offer you can have as many or as few as you like. Yes we would come and do the show just for you and your cat or you and your entire softball rec league. Either which way we will play our hearts out.

    •Two tickets to our show in Edinburgh!
    •A first edition G&H U.S. tour tea towel
    •An update from Gideon and Hubcap
    •Two exclusive mp3 tracks from the show

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    SPECIAL OFFER!!!
    NYC AREA ONLY - TUESDAY, JULY 28TH, 2015

    The Gideon and Hubcap Show in your home for the night of July 28th this summer!!! We will do our show as we do for you and your people, but without our traditional $5-$50 sliding scale donation per person do to your generous support.

    Normally we ask our hosts to have at least 30 people in attendance, but for this special offer you can have as many or as few as you like. Yes we would come and do the show just for you and your cat or you and your entire softball rec league. Either which way we will play our hearts out.

    •Two tickets to our show in Edinburgh!
    •A first edition G&H U.S. tour tea towel
    •An update from Gideon and Hubcap
    •Two exclusive mp3 tracks from the show

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    SPECIAL OFFER!!!
    NYC AREA ONLY - WEDNESDAY, JULY 29TH, 2015

    The Gideon and Hubcap Show in your home for the night of July 28th this summer!!! We will do our show as we do for you and your people, but without our traditional $5-$50 sliding scale donation per person do to your generous support.

    Normally we ask our hosts to have at least 30 people in attendance, but for this special offer you can have as many or as few as you like. Yes we would come and do the show just for you and your cat or you and your entire softball rec league. Either which way we will play our hearts out.

    •Two tickets to our show in Edinburgh!
    •A first edition G&H U.S. tour tea towel
    •An update from Gideon and Hubcap
    •Two exclusive mp3 tracks from the show

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    Good for NYC only.

    We will have you and a guest over for a home made delicious dinner. We will sing to you, eat with you and regale you with stories from our travels or intently listen to your stories. This reward also comes with an optional 10 minute per person four handed shoulder rub in the style of Swedish, Shiatsu or Talmudic Intermuscular.

    •Two tickets to our show in Edinburgh!
    •A first edition G&H U.S. tour tea towel
    •An update from Gideon and Hubcap
    •Two exclusive mp3 tracks from the show

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    Any of the above + a dozen home baked chocolate chip cookies.

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