(this is an unmixed/unmastered cut from the new record, called Me Over Him)
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
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.
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)
- (33 days)