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Inspired by Edna Vincent Millay's classic poem, the ballad of the Harp weaver; Maeve Gilchrist brings you her new solo album.
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 The Harpweaver is the new offering from Brooklyn-based, Scottish harp-virtuoso, Maeve Gilchrist. Her first solo endeavor in six years; the album is a result of thinking about music, collaborating with others and honing her skills as a producer, composer and arranger. 

Inspired by the classic Edna St Vincent Millay poem, 'The Ballad of the Harp Weaver',  this new suite of music draws on Maeve’s skills as a composer and player, weaving a rich textural soundscape that both utilizes the harp as a driving rhythmic force and creates an ambience of nostalgic suspension intended to transport the listener into her world. Maeve, who's known for her work with the Grammy-award winning ensemble, Silkroad, multi-disciplinary quartet Edges of Light and DuoDuo is joined in the endeavor by an illustrious cast including the groundbreaking string quartet, Brooklyn Rider on glistening strings and with some subtle sound-manipulation and  sampling by sound wizard Charlie Van Kirk, this album is a homage to the harp and a celebration of it's multifaceted  possibilities as both an ancient instrument and an undeniable force in contemporary music.

This Kickstarter campaign will fund the making of the record; the engineering, mixing and mastering; PR and marketing as well as an accompanying book of harp arrangements inspired by the record and a mini-documentary following the making of the album and illuminating Maeve’s role in the evolution of the Celtic harp.


A LITTLE ABOUT MAEVE.......

Edinburgh born harpist and composer Maeve Gilchrist has been credited as an innovator on her native instrument and taken the Celtic (lever) Harp to new levels of performance and visibility. Currently based in Brooklyn NY, Maeve tours internationally as a solo artist and maintains a variety of projects including the progressive folk quartet, DuoDuo, an electronics-based collaboration with Nashville-based bass player and producer, Viktor Krauss, as a member of the grammy-nominated Silkroad ensemble and as part of the multi-disciplinary quartet Edges of Light. She has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Darol Anger, Yo-Yo Ma, Frankie Gavin, Esperanza Spalding, Kathy Mattea and Solas. 

As a composer, Maeve straddles the worlds of folk and classical with pieces including her original concerto for symphony orchestra and harp (a co-commission with Luke Benton), a three-movement Samuel Beckett-inspired piece for harp, string quartet and sound samples which was premiered at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival in the spring of 2018 and a number of other pieces for harp ensembles, strings and small-ensembles. She is a regular visiting artist at the Berklee College of Music and has had a number of  instructional books published by Hal Leonard and 80 days publishing. Maeve is an Adventure Music recording artist with five albums to her name as well as being a featured soloist on the Dreamworks blockbuster movie soundtrack, How to tame your dragon: The hidden world. 

Maeve is the assistant music director of the WGBH holiday show, a Christmas Celtic sojourn and the co-artistic director of the brand new Rockport Celtic Music festival; an innovative new festival focused on cross-curation and the outer-fringes of Celtic Music. 


'Both Fascinating and Absorbing in equal measure, an Original Voice' (Scotsman)

BUDGET BREAK DOWN..... 


STUDIO (6 days) $3000

SOUND DESIGN (4 days) $1800

MIXING (5 days) $2500

MASTERING $2000

STRING QUARTET REHEARSALS AND RECORDING $5000

OTHER MUSICIAN FEES AND ASSOCIATED COSTS $2500

PR $3000

DESIGN $2000

PROMO VIDEO $5000

OTHER COSTS (CD, vinyl printing, merch, travel/accomm costs, TAXES!, kickstarter fees) approx $5000 

Risks and challenges

It's always difficult to foresee all hidden costs of an album's production, release and marketing as well as, in this case, an accompanying book of arrangements and a mini-documentary. Not only expensive in the resources it utilizes but the time it takes to create and write down this stuff; whether it's the creation of the music itself or the harp arrangements for the accompanying book. More then three quarters of the content has already been written but as I immerse myself in the project, I expect ideas to morph and evolve and being relaxed about the finances of this process will certainly allow for deeper musical exploration. This is my first crowdfunding campaign and I imagine it will be a real learning experience all round. I truly appreciate the support of the project backers in allowing me to make music the way I want to make it and realize my vision in a way I feel is both artistically satisfying and important in my journey illuminating my instrument, the Celtic Harp.

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    Digital download and lots of love!

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    Envelope special!

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    Pledge $125 or more and receive one signed hard-copy of the album and an accompanying book of harp arrangements inspired by the album, signed Harpweaver poster as well as a digital download, custom harpweaver pin and a handwritten note of thanks! You'll also receive VIP campaign updates along the way and receive your package ahead of general release.

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    Pledge $150 or more and receive one signed hard-copy of the album and an accompanying book of harp arrangements inspired by the album, signed Harpweaver poster as well as a digital download, custom harpweaver pin and a handwritten note of thanks! You'll also receive VIP campaign updates along the way and receive your package ahead of general release. Apologies for the slightly higher cost - it's simply accounting for the shipping fees!

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    Collectors package

    Pledge $175 or more and get a limited-edition, signed vinyl copy of the Harpweaver well as signed CD, digital download, poster, custom harpweaver pin and a handwritten note of thanks! You'll also receive VIP campaign updates along the way and receive your package ahead of general release.

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    Harpers deluxe package (w/ Skype lesson)

    Pledge $250 or more and receive a 50 min skype lesson with Maeve! You'll also receive a signed CD, a copy of the harpweaver arrangements book, digital download of album, custom harpweaver pin and a handwritten note of thanks! You'll also receive VIP campaign updates along the way and receive your package ahead of general release.

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    A custom harp-arrangement and more!

    Pledge $350 or more and receive a custom harp arrangement. This will be handwritten and signed with your choice of title ( a great gift!). You'll also receive hard-copy album, a digital download, custom harpweaver pin and a handwritten note of thanks along with VIP campaign updates along the way and receive your package ahead of general release.

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    Your very own tune and more!

    Pledge $400 or more and receive an original tune composition! This will be handwritten and signed with your choice of title ( a great gift!). You'll also receive hard-copy album, a digital download, custom harpweaver pin and a handwritten note of thanks along with VIP campaign updates along the way and receive your package ahead of general release.

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    Custom package!

    Pledge $1000 or more and receive your choice of any of the previous options. Limited edition vinyl, signed poster, original tune on handmade manuscript, harp arrangement - create your own reward and feel free to contact me directly to discuss! The only thing not included on this reward is the house concert. And of course you'll also receive a signed CD, a digital download, custom harpweaver pin and a handwritten note of thanks along with VIP campaign updates along the way and receive your package ahead of general release.

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    A Harpweaver concert in your own home!

    Pledge $3000 or more and receive a solo Harpweaver concert in your own home. Share the magic with your family and friends. You'll also receive a signed CD, a digital download, custom harpweaver pin and a handwritten note of thanks along with VIP campaign updates along the way and receive your package ahead of general release.

    *Applies only to NY state, parts of NJ and the New England area and to be schedule at a time of mutual convenience between host and artist.

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    Become an angel donor with this generous donation. With this pledge you will receive your name in the Thankyou credits of the CD and a custom package of any of the below rewards as well as a personal invitation to one of the recording sessions and 2 free tickets to one of the CD release concerts in either Boston or New York.

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