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Born in Dublin, calling Philly home; and preparing my 3rd record of Americana/Celtic influenced songs - Help us cross the finish line!
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From World Cafe Live by Katelynn Reiss
From World Cafe Live by Katelynn Reiss

The Immigrant and the Orphan

How's it going everyone, and thanks so much for clicking on the page. We are about three quarters of the way through the process of making the album and through this pre-sale and the other items that we've put up, we are hoping that you'll help us get over the finish line without having to go too much further in debt. :) 

The album is a collection of 12 songs that mean the world to me; they ultimately celebrate love, endurance, and the power of song - the time dance - the eternal language. The art of the Album is one that I believe passionately in, just as a painter will showcase a selection of work, choosing carefully the works that go together and the order in which they should be first viewed, I believe that an album should be a representation of what the songwriter and band do best, organised in such a way as to bring the listener on their own journey. Many of my songs are short stories, but my goal is to leave a door open in each tune where anyone can step in and find their own meaning.

Finishing the Project

The goal is to raise the final third of the money we need to see this through to the end without having to beg my Credit Card company for more:)... any extra that you donate above the listed price of each reward will go towards enabling us to hire a publicist to help get the songs out to people who can help us find new audiences. We did not include the cost of a publicist in our Goal figure. If you choose to add a little extra on top of the price of your reward, it will go towards hiring the best PR person we can afford.

The Breakdown of costs goes something like this;

Recording - Approx 3 more days of studio time $1650

Mixing - Approx 70 hours of Studio Time $3500

Mastering - Approx $150 per song - $1800

Cover Art/Design/Photography - $850

CD Manufacture (1000 CDs) - $1800

Kickstarter/Credit Card Fees (approx 10%) - $1100

Total $10,700

Our Stretch - Publicist (3 months) Approx $5000 - Bringing our total to $16,700

(Usual cost for a Publicist is $1500-$2250 per month - with most requiring minimum of 3 months) 

We also do not include the cost of the rewards in our price, we believe you've purchased them and we really appreciate it. Any cost to us is included already in the price.

from World Cafe Live by Katelynn Riess
from World Cafe Live by Katelynn Riess
From the Tin Angel by Lisa Chosed
From the Tin Angel by Lisa Chosed

 At our CD Preview Show in May, we opened the night with the Brendan Behan Classic, the Auld Triangle

Risks and challenges

The album is called The Immigrant and the Orphan, and it is essentially the follow up to my After the Wake album from 4 years ago. In early 2012 I had another batch of songs written and, I felt, ready to be recorded. In the year that followed I had several personal setbacks, it seemed like one after the other, a business venture that went badly, family losses, and through the whole time my wife, Dorothy, and I had been trying to have a baby, spending a fortune on very difficult treatments…none of it worked although we got close…then I had an accident and broke my femoral neck bone. So this was all in the space of about 6 months. Thanks to amazing friends and bandmates we were still able to hit the road, touring around the West and MidWest, and it probably saved my sanity. When we got back from the tour the songs that I had written for the follow up to After the Wake just didn’t hold the same meaning for me – they just felt like songs to me. So we decided to record an album of older Irish and American folk tunes, the Celtic Folk record, as soon as we got back from our Ireland tour in November 2012.
We released the album in March 2013 and went out on the road again in support of it. This also gave me time to digest a lot of stuff and begin writing again, drawing heavily on all that had happened in the previous year, the bad stuff and the amazingly good stuff – the guys in the band, my wife, my close friends, what they did for me is something I’ll never forget.
So I wrote and wrote, and by early 2014 I had a lot of songs written and began demoing them with Rob. This album will be the final result. We are a full-time band playing original music along with some traditional Irish and American Folk tunes. I've been doing this for 15 years, and 5 years with this band, this is, in effect, my 9th record. We persist because we love it. We pack ourselves into a mini-van and travel far and wide to stay afloat, because we believe in what we are doing, that music is the highest form of expression, of magic. Martin Mull said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture...give us a listen, help us out if you can.
Le mhorgra (lots of love in Gaelic)
John

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    We'll mail a Limited Edition "Thank You" Postcard featuring original artwork from Abby King and photography from Katelynn Reiss to you...and send you a Digital Download of a song from the new album.

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    POSTERS!
    The new posters that we will have to go with the album will be works of Art. Receive a signed poster featuring album artwork, designed by Bill McDonnell, sent in a mailing tube for safe keeping.
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    Brand New John Byrne Band T-Shirt featuring the Album Artwork. Also receive a Signed Copy of The Immigrant and the Orphan on CD ahead of the release date, along with the Digital Album and Limited Edition Thank You Postcard.

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    CHRISTMAS? IN JULY?
    Receive an Signed Exclusive Christmas EP featuring John's Original Christmas Songs "Star in the East", "St. Stephen's Day" and more. Also receive a Signed Copy of The Immigrant and the Orphan on CD ahead of the release date, along with the Digital Album and Limited Edition Thank You Postcard. Immigrant and Orphan CD will be mailed in August, Christmas EP will be sent out in November/early December along with a Christmas Card from the band.

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    OUT-TAKES
    A Home Made CD from me (John) containing over 70 minutes of demos, out-takes and previously unreleased material from my personal archives. Only 20 will be made, signed, numbered and decorated with hand-drawn artwork (mostly stick figures with giant heads:) Also receive a Signed Copy of The Immigrant and the Orphan on CD ahead of the release date, along with the Digital Album and Limited Edition Thank You Postcard

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    THE WHOLE SHEBANG 1
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    VIOLIN/CELLO LESSON
    Join our Violin/Cello player Maura Dwyer for a one-hour lesson in either instrument. You can do this in person (must be able to travel to South Philly) or over Skype. Maura is a certified teacher as well as an amazing musician, and just about the nicest person I know.
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    FRAMED and SIGNED HAND-WRITTEN LYRICS
    You name the song/lyric, or have me choose one from the new record, and I will write it out on some beautiful parchment paper, sign, number and date it, get it in a lovely frame and send it right out to you.

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    2-HOUR SONG/LYRIC WRITING SESSION
    Sometimes a song takes only minutes to write, sometimes years, but in two hours either in person or on Skype we will surely put together something very cool. Even if you are not a writer/musician, your ideas will form the foundation of our co-write. For in-person session you must be able to travel to Philadelphia, Sessions will take place at a mutually agreed upon time/date.
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    SLAINTE!
    Have your name listed in the Special Thank You section of the album. And we mean it, your generosity is something we will never forget.
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    CONCERT IN YOUR HOME
    If you live with 50 miles of Philadelphia, I'll come and put on a show for you and as many friends as you want to invite. I will play all of the new songs, plenty of old favorites, and give you the stories behind them, and there are many :) And if you live further away we can come to an arrangement, we travel all over the country so distance isn't an issue, just the cost of covering it. This is for a solo show, at a mutually agreed upon date - For extra band members (up to 6) add $175 per member.

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    7-HOUR SONGWRITING/RECORDING SESSION
    I'd love to hear what you've got. Spend a day in Philly where we'll write a tune together and then record a demo of it with my producer/multi instrumentalist Rob Shaffer at his home studio. We'll take a break in between the writing and recording sessions - total of 7 hours (4 writing and 3 recording) on a mutually agreed upon date. You'll walk away with a finished song (or two!) to do with as you will. If you don't sing or play, no problem, we will step in and help turn your words and ideas into the foundations of something brilliant.
    Note: You'll need to make your own way to the Fishtown area of Philly (train is close by - or we will show you the good spots to park:)
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    -Your name in the Special Thanks section of the album.
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    DINNER AND A SONG
    My Violin/Cello player Maura Dwyer is married to a Gourmet Chef, so you and up to 3 friends can come to Maura's house in South Philly and join us for what is sure to be an amazing dinner with myself, Maura and any other available band members. We will supply all you'll need for a wonderful evening (3-hours or so), on a mutually agreed upon night (our schedule is pretty tight until Nov/Dec), and there'll be a few songs played before the evening is out. We'll supply beverages but feel free to bring something along if you like. You must be able to make your way to South Philly, and you must come hungry!
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    -Your name in the Special Thanks section of the album.
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    THE NOTEBOOK
    Before becoming the finished product, the songs from The Immigrant and the Orphan, and the myriad of songs and lyrics that never made the album, were mere scribbles in a Mead 100 Sheet Composition Book. I'd love to say that the notebook will be worth a fortune some day - and maybe it will, but for now I can at least say that it is a one-of-a-kind. It also contains ideas, doodles, set lists, tracking lists and gig notes. This is the notebook that came everywhere with me for most of the past couple of years, which makes it invaluable to me - so I'll definitely be photocopying it for myself before letting go.
    I will add an introduction on the inside cover and you will also receive;
    -Your name in the Special Thanks section of the album.
    - Signed CD of The Immigrant and the Orphan
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