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
$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.
Marc Gunn and Randy Wothke
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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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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