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Become the Hero of an Epic adventure of powerful Celtic World music. Sing. Dance. Smile. Because we wear kilts, and You are royalty!
Become the Hero of an Epic adventure of powerful Celtic World music. Sing. Dance. Smile. Because we wear kilts, and You are royalty!
72 backers pledged $3,877 to help bring this project to life.

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Kilted Kings are Randy Wothke on percussion and background vocals and Marc Gunn on autoharp and vocals.

We met 15 years ago at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Randy was playing drums with the bagpipes and drums quartet, The Rogues. I was playing autoharp and singing with the Celtic Renaissance duo, Brobdingnagian Bards. Fifteen years later...

In 2015, we launched Kilted Kings at the Paradox Pub at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival. Something amazing happens when musicians click together. You can see it on the smiles of people in the audience. You can hear it in their voices. You can feel it your own feet. That's what happened with us. 

The first time we finished playing "Name On My Soul" at the end of our show, a fair maiden came up to the stage, with cash in hand, asking if the song was on a CD. It wasn't. Yet through the rest of the faire, pirates and fairies, lords and ladies, and even those in mundane clothing asked if we had a CD.

That's why this Kickstarter exists. Your pledge will help us release a physical album.

Album Recorded, Now What

In August 2016, Randy drove down from Maryland to Alabama to record some music for an album. We picked many of the songs that were so popular at Faire last year. We recorded ten awesome songs and tunes:

  • Name On My Soul
  • Cloghden More 
  • Ride On  
  • Slainte Mhaith  
  • Flower of Scotland 
  • Marionette Jig and a Reel 
  • Prettiest Hobbit 
  • Purple Flower 
  • Blue Sun
  • Wild Mountain Thyme

Recording albums is expensive. Randy has spent over $20,000 recording albums with The Rogues. Fortunately, I have a home studio. That cut the cost down a LOT. 

Here's what we MUST RAISE in order to print CDs for you:

  • Duplication in 4-Panel Album Jacket. $900  
  • Shirts $400 
  • Art. $500 
  • Fees. $300 

Net total = $2100 

Stretch Goal

$2100 is the bare minimum of what we need to officially release the album in November 2016. 

FIRST STRETCH GOAL - REACHED!!!
However, if can raise $1400 to cover additional expenses, then everyone who donates will get a sticker and a Christmas song. These expenses include: 

  • Banner $80 
  • Stickers $320 
  • Misc (babysitting, mastering). $500 
  • Travel. $500 

Net total = $3500

SECOND STRETCH GOAL 
If we can raise $6000, then the first printing of the album will include a full 6-8 panel album jacket, complete with song lyrics and notes about some of the songs. Plus, we will also send you a live digital EP of some of the songs we recorded last year at the festival.

Put Your Name On Our Souls

We are really excited to see this album come to be. I've admired Randy's drumming for years (Go listen to "Gypsy" from The Rogues album "5.0"). Randy loves my songwriting. Together, we have autoharp and drums like they've never been played before.

Thank you for being a part of our kingdom and your generous support of our album. We hope you will enjoy the music for years to come.

Slainte!
Marc Gunn and Randy Wothke

If you're not on our mailing list, join it at www.kiltedkings.com

Risks and challenges

Every time I do a Kickstarter, I get a little worried that I won't reach my goal. Then what? Does that mean no one wants our music? Would you rather wait until the CD comes out? Do you know that if we don't reach our goal, this might not happen?

Randy was even more worried about the Kickstarter because The Rogues tried on a couple years ago, and the album was not funded.

We tried our best to create rewards that are totally awesome to insure this entire album happens. We also set the goal lower than we actually want.

My last Kickstarter was fulfilled much later than I planned. So I decided to record the album first so that we can complete this by the end of September and have the album by November when we officially release it.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Get Your "Name On Our Soul" CD

    You'll get a physical copy of Kilted King's debut album, plus a digital copy two weeks before the official release date!

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    Shirt & CD

    Become royalty with your new Kilted Kings t-shirt. Then pop your CD into your player and move to the music.

    And of course you can do all of that 2 weeks before the album is officially released with a digital download of the CD.

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    The Rogues 4-Pack + Kilted Kings Debut.

    Randy Wothke also plays drums with the Rogues. You'll enjoy 2 CDs and 2 DVDs from the band, including: "Air Force Symphony Orchestra" DVD, "Made in Texas" DVD, "3 lbs of Rage" CD, and "Hellbound Sleigh" CD.

    You can rock out to bagpipes and drums one moment, then sing-along with the Kilted Kings Debut album. And yes, you'll still get the digital album 2 weeks before the official release date.

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    Marc's 4-Pack Flashback + Kilted Kings

    Marc Gunn has over 20 albums to his name. You can own a DVD and 3 CDs from early on in his solo career, including: "Soul of a Harper", "Irish Drinking Songs", "Happy Songs of Death", and the "Wild Mountain Thyme" DVD.

    Plus, you'll get a new Kilted Kings CD to sing-along with, and the digital album 2 weeks before it is released.

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    Kilted Kings Deluxe Royale Special

    Are you royalty? You can be with the Kilted Kings Deluxe Royale Special. This is your best option to support Kilted Kings' new album.

    You'll get our brand new t-shirt, 2 physical copies of Kilted Kings "Name On My Soul" CD, and a digital download of the album 2 weeks before it is released.

    Plus, you'll get "Hellbound Sleigh" and "Air Force Symphony Orchestra" DVD from The Rogues as well as "Soul of a Harper" and "Wild Mountain Thyme" DVD from Marc Gunn.

    We'll send our personal thanks in the Liner notes of the CD and post a public thank you on our Facebook page.

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    Kilted Kings Deluxe w/ Seamus Kennedy

    You'll get everything from the Kilted Kings Deluxe Royale Special.

    PLUS you'll also get 1 of 15 random CDs by Seamus Kennedy.

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    Skype Drum Lesson with Randy Wothke

    You'll get everything listed for the $100 level, PLUS you'll get a Skype drum lesson with Randy Wothke

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    Put Your Name on Marc's Soul

    You'll get everything at the $100 level, plus, Marc will scribe Your name on his Autoharp with a sharpie. You can put your name on his soul. He'll even share a video of the signing.

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    Executive Producer

    Your name will be immortalized on our debut album as an Executive Producer of the CD.

    You'll get FOUR copies of Kilted Kings new album "Name On My Soul", our new t-shirt and sticker. You'll get The Rogues Bagpipes & Drums 4-Pack of CDs and DVDs. You'll sing-along with Marc Gunn's 4-Pack Flashback of CDs and DVD.

    PLUS you'll get a limited-edition Kilted Kings hoodie and a tiny present from Marc Gunn's Celtic Invasion Vacations.

    And Marc will scribe Your Name on His Autoharp with a sharpie. You can put your name on his soul!

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