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Steampunk album by Marc Gunn with lyrics by Rie Sheridan Rose telling the horrific story of Capt Black Jack Murphy. #SaveTheDragons
Steampunk album by Marc Gunn with lyrics by Rie Sheridan Rose telling the horrific story of Capt Black Jack Murphy. #SaveTheDragons
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In January 2013, I was shanghaied by a vicious marauder with whom I once recorded an album. His name is Captain Black Jack Murphy. 

Murphy was once a sailor on the high seas. He turned pirate and quickly murdered his way up the ranks to become one of the names people fear in stories at night. His marauding days were fierce and deadly. Until the amazing happened. The Royal Navy caught up with Murphy's ship the IRISH STOUT. He spent the next few years on the run. Then one day, he and his ship vanished!

Murphy turned up a few years later on a College Speaking Tour professing the wisdom of piracy in the business world, especially within the music business.

When the music business was at its height fighting piracy, suing its customers, Murphy became a hero among college students, as he laid out his philosophy on how and why one should resort to piracy. It was his philosophy that led to the invention of Napster, iTunes and Spotify. He's the name that people are afraid to speak as to why the music industry changed over the last two decades.

It was during this time that I met Murphy. He seemed a kind, generous person, wise beyond his years. He had an album of sea shanties that he wanted to release. I freely helped him record the album, Pogue Mahone Means Kiss My Arse, in 2008. Then, once again, he disappeared!

I hadn't heard a peep from or about him until January 2013 when he emerged once again. I was working in my basement when I heard loud shouting and the sound of cranks. I smelled coal.

I went out on to my porch to see what was up. Before I knew it men, dressed like pirates, slid down ropes, tied them around me, and hauled me up into the sky. I lost conscience with my eyes on the stern of a vessel. It read, "IRISH STOUT"!

When I awoke, I found myself tied and gagged in the hold of a ship. I could hear no water. Just wind. And cranks and gears. And the smell of coal once again. It was intense...and terrifying.

I stared into the eyes of a pirate. Not Murphy. A man who would be my only link to the outside world, on Murphy's vessel, and into a world of PIRATES and DRAGONS!

Do Dragons Really Exist?

My name is Marc Gunn. I'm a Celtic Geek autoharper from Austin, Texas. I'm a songwriter and a podcaster. Some call me The Celtfather. I experienced something that most men would love to know--do dragons really exist?

Because of Capt. Murphy, I learned that they do indeed. He "recruited" me with one purpose--to tell the tale of his "adventures" and dastardly deeds... in song. 

He left it up to me to me to form a story. So I worked tirelessly with my friend Rie Sheridan Rose to help share a story about Dragons vs. Pirates in a world where dragons and air pirates don't seem to exist. It's an unbelievable secret that you must hear to experience.

Why Do I Need to Raise Money for This Album?

The goal of this album is to raise funds to tell the story about the dragons' plight against air pirates like Murphy. Dragons are out there. They're being hunted. The slaughter is worse than that of the humpback whale in the 19th century. There's no regulation, because no one believes they exist. How can you regulate that?!

I'm here to tell you that dragons DO exist. Yes, they are fearsome and horrible beasts. But no creature under the sun deserves the disrespect and murder that has been the fate of these noble beasts. 

Please help me to share our story. Please tell a friend and make sure you share with the hashtag #SaveTheDragons. 

It is only by your generosity that we can help save these creatures from extinction. 

Will you help? 

What's on the Album?

Dragons vs. Pirates currently has 12 songs to be included on the album. These are the current album titles.

  • Come and Be a Pirate
  • Hey Ho To Be a Pirate
  • Our Pirate Crew of Ten
  • The Ballad of Jenny Malloy
  • The Shining Lady Jean
  • The Wreck of the Bold Lady Jean
  • Didja Ever See a Dragon Fly
  • How Do We Steal from a Mighty Dragon?
  • Pirates vs. Dragons
  • The Dragon Horde
  • The Truth About Dragons
  • There's a Storm Comin'

These tracks may change as I sit down and record the songs. But we shall see...

What Does the T-Shirt Look Like?

#SaveTheDragons
#SaveTheDragons

How Much Do You Need?

Here are all of the production costs that will go into making this album:

Duplication. $1200
Shirts $300
Promotion. $500
Art. $300
Shipping $500
Fees. $400

Net total. $3200


Stretch Goals

The album I plan to record above is just me singing these songs with my autoharp. As always, I would REALLY love to give the album a BIGGER sound. To do that, I have these stretch goals which will make it happen

$5500. MORE INSTRUMENTATION
If I reach this goal, I will add additional instrumentation to all of the songs on the album. Plus, I will add a recording of "Do Pirates Taste Better Than Those Who Are Not"

$8000. BONUS CD: PIRATES VS. DRAGONS
The original album featured Captain Black Jack Murphy singing the songs. I have talked him into recording HIS version of these songs if we reach this goal. The instrumentation will all be the same, but the vocals will be Murphy's. It will also be printed as a limited-edition CD that is sent to everyone at $25+

$12,000. A BONUS CD
I have another album already in the queue to be released once this album is over. If I reach this goal, then I will release both albums at the same time.

Listen to Some Music

The song you are about to hear was the first song I ever set to music, shortly after I was released from captivity. This is a LIVE RECORDING I made to remember the melody I wrote. This version will not be on the CD.

 Here's another rough recording. This will NOT be the final version. But I thought I'd share the sea shanty melody.

UPDATE

Risks and challenges

As with every Kickstarter, the challenge is creating something that inspires people and makes them happy. I think with this fun story I will be able to not only create a fun experience but also make a great album. If I can reach my stretch goals, I'll even be able to give the album some audio depth!

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    DIGITAL GOLD. Donate any amount and you will receive a high-quality digital download of the album Dragons vs. Pirates, liner notes, and a PDF eBook "Shanghaied by Air Pirates Is Good" about my time as a prisoner on the airship.

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    AUTOGRAPHED CD. You will receive an autographed physical copy of the final album, plus the Digital Gold rewards.

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    DRAGONS vs. PIRATES CD + CELTIC LOVE. You will receive a physical copy of the final album, plus the Digital Gold rewards. You will also get a copy of my new compilation CD, Celtic Love, which features Celtic love songs from other albums of mine.

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    DRAGONS vs. PIRATES CD + ST PATRICK'S DAY SONGS FOR KIDS. You will receive a physical copy of the final album, plus the Digital Gold rewards. You will also get a copy of my new album St. Patrick's Day Songs for Kids.

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    DRAGONS vs. PIRATES CD + T-SHIRT. You will receive a physical copy of the final album, plus the Digital Gold rewards. You will also get a copy of my new #SaveTheDragons T-Shirt so you can help save dragons from the vicious marauding of Capt Black Jack Murphy and his crew!

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    DRAGONS vs. PIRATES CD + AVAST, YE AIRSHIPS. You will receive a physical copy of the final album, plus the Digital Gold rewards. You will also get a copy of the Steampunk anthology, "Avast, Ye Airships", autographed by Rie Sheridan Rose.

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    DRAGONS vs. PIRATES DELUXE. You will receive 3 autographed CDs with your pick of Dragons vs. Pirates, Celtic Love, and St. Patrick's Day Songs for Kids and the Digital Gold rewards. You'll also get a #SaveTheDragons t-shirt to raise awareness against dragon murder. You'll get a public thank you on my Celtfather podcast, and I'll list your name in the liner notes for your contribution.

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    DRAGONS vs. PIRATES DELUXE. You will receive 3 autographed CDs with your pick of Dragons vs. Pirates, Celtic Love, and St. Patrick's Day Songs for Kids and the Digital Gold rewards. You'll also get a #SaveTheDragons t-shirt to raise awareness against dragon murder. You'll get a public thank you on my Celtfather podcast, and I'll list your name in the liner notes for your contribution. Plus, you will receive a necklace filled with dragon ash from one of the IRISH STOUT's various encounters with dragons. This incredible sparkling ash is unlike anything you've ever seen, and it is believed. by some, to have magical powers.

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    DRAGON EGG RESCUE. You will receive 6 autographed CDs with your pick of Dragons vs. Pirates, Celtic Love, and St. Patrick's Day Songs for Kids and the Digital Gold Rewards. You'll also get a #SaveTheDragons t-shirt to raise awareness against dragon murder. You'll get a public thank you on my Celtfather podcast, and I'll list your name in the liner notes for your contribution. You will also receive one of eight preciously preserved Dragon eggs that I rescued after escaping from Murphy's evil clutches. Be warned. They could hatch at any moment!

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    RAINBOW DRAGON EGG RESCUE. You will receive 6 autographed CDs with your pick of Dragons vs. Pirates, Celtic Love, and St. Patrick's Day Songs for Kids and the Digital Gold Rewards. You'll also get a #SaveTheDragons t-shirt to raise awareness against dragon murder. You'll get a public thank you on my Celtfather podcast, and I'll list your name in the liner notes for your contribution. You will also receive a one-of-a-kind Rainbow Dragon Egg. These eggs are extremely rare and valuable, sought after by the most-vicious pirates who have hunted these creatures to near extinction!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. You will receive up to 10 autographed CDs with your pick of Dragons vs. Pirates, Celtic Love, and St. Patrick's Day Songs for Kids and the Digital Gold Rewards. You'll get a #SaveTheDragons t-shirt to raise awareness against dragon murder. You'll get a public thank you on my Celtfather podcast. You'll get one of two extremely rare Red Dragon eggs, rescued from my captivity with Murphy. Plus, you will listed as one of 2 Executive Producers of the CD.

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