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"Aisling" is the new recording from Moors & McCumber; inspired by the landscape, people and history of Ireland.
"Aisling" is the new recording from Moors & McCumber; inspired by the landscape, people and history of Ireland.
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"Aisling" - original painting by Barry Kerr
"Aisling" - original painting by Barry Kerr

The Story

"Aisling" is a type of song in the Irish tradition, which is about a dream had by an emigrant about being back home in Ireland among familiar landscape and friends.

"Aisling" is the new recording from Moors & McCumber; inspired by the landscape, people and history of Ireland, recorded and produced by Donogh Hennessy at Mhic an Daill studio on the Dingle peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland.

The idea to record in Ireland was born in 2011 when we lead our first tour group to counties Cork, Kerry and Clare. After visiting the Irish famine heritage museum in Skibbereen, County Cork, James woke up in the middle of the night and starting writing "Leaving for Cobh", which describes the journey of so many Irish who fled Ireland during the late 1840s during the time of the great famine, or as it's known in Ireland, "an Gorta Mór", the great hunger.

The next night, guitarist Donogh Hennessy and button accordion player, Damien Mullane, played for our group in a quaint pub in Ballyferriter, County Kerry, and the idea to record in Ireland was on its way.

The recording features Barry Kerr on Uilleann Pipes, Irish Whistle and Irish Flute, Pauline Scanlon on Backing Vocals, Tommy O'Sullivan on Guitar, Martin Leahy on Percussion, Martin Brunsden on Upright Bass, Laura Kerr on Fiddle and Donogh Hennessy on Guitar.

We believe this recording will transport you across the sea to the sacred ground of Ireland.

Join us on this musical Journey. "Aisling" will be released on St. Patrick's Day 2017!

Sláinte Mhaith

Kort & James

 

Mighty Craic!
Mighty Craic!

The Songs

Aisling features new songs; Dancing to the sounds, Sacred Ground, Take Me Down, a tune called Dunes of Barley Cove and...

John Devoy

A few fan favorites; Leaving for Cobh, Marjorie and Quick as I Can were recorded as well and with the help of our friends, captured in a way we had always hoped for.

Slán Abhaile

 

Sláinte from Bunratty Castle, County Clare, IE
Sláinte from Bunratty Castle, County Clare, IE

Our Goal

This Kickstarter campaign is an all or nothing proposition. We have a little less than one month to raise $17,500. If we meet our goal we'll celebrate! If we fail to meet this goal your cards won't be charged. 

This $17,500 is our base goal. It is the minimum we need to raise to pay for recording, mixing, mastering, artwork and printing. Kickstarter takes 5%, and another 3 to 5% in credit card processing fees. For every $10,000 raised, roughly $3,000 will go toward fulfilling the rewards. The rest goes to the costs of the project: paying musicians and artists, recording, mixing and mastering, graphic design, the songbook, and the CD and vinyl manufacturing. $17,500 won’t cover hiring radio promoters, publicists, promoting the songs online, posters, other merchandise, web designers, or good Irish Whiskey. Those things can only happen with a couple of STRETCH GOALS...

STRETCH GOALS!

It's time for stretch goals! We've used radio promotion the last few recordings. We've had great success with your help. If we can raise $5,000 over our initial $17,500, we will be able to promote this album not only to USA radio stations, but also radio stations in Ireland. Please help us get this to $22,500!

Seamus Begley, Donogh Hennessy, JohnSmith, James Moors, Kort McCumber
Seamus Begley, Donogh Hennessy, JohnSmith, James Moors, Kort McCumber

 

T-shirt design!
T-shirt design!

 

M & M hip Flask!
M & M hip Flask!

 

Risks and challenges

The CD is finished and ready to be printed. The CDs will be sent to the duplication facility later this month and will be sent by the first part of April. The vinyl takes eight to ten weeks to make, and will be ready for shipment May 1st. The Songbook is being made right now, and the T-Shirts will be ordered on release day and sent out shortly thereafter. We don't anticipate any major challenges other than things we can't control such as injuries or illness. The concerts will be set up at the soonest available time with tour routing in mind. In certain situations it may take us a little bit longer than we expect to fulfill some concerts, etc... But we never forget our loyal fans, friends and backers.

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    DIGITAL COPY OF THE RECORD

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    SIGNED VINYL RECORD

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    SONGBOOK AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    Songbook of all 12 songs from "Aisling" for you to learn and play for all of your friends. Piano-vocal-guitar arrangements. Whether you read music or just play guitar, this is for you. Plus, mp3s of the 12 songs.

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    FANS AND FRIENDS

    Vinyl record or 2 CDs, plus 2 items from our online store. You choose from any of our t-shirt designs, CDs, songbooks, posters or mp3s. When the Kickstarter ends you will receive a survey from us where you can pick out the items you would like.

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    The Song Sponsor - "Slan Abhaile"

    As song sponsor of "Slan Abhaile" you'll get your choice of a signed cd or LP. You'll receive a print of the original artwork by Barry Kerr, you'll get the new Celtic design t-shirt, and handwritten lyrics along with a personalized note that will tell you about the creation and journey of the song itself, not to mention... your name will appear on our website in the credits for "Aisling"

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    The Song Sponsor - "Sacred Ground"

    As song sponsor of "Sacred Ground" you'll get your choice of a signed cd or LP. You'll receive a print of the original artwork by Barry Kerr, you'll get the new Celtic design t-shirt, and handwritten lyrics along with a personalized note that will tell you about the creation and journey of the song itself, not to mention... your name will appear on our website in the credits for "Aisling"

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    The Song Sponsor - "Marjorie"

    As song sponsor of "Marjorie" you'll get your choice of a signed cd or LP. You'll receive a print of the original artwork by Barry Kerr, you'll get the new Celtic design t-shirt, and handwritten lyrics along with a personalized note that will tell you about the creation and journey of the song itself, not to mention... your name will appear on our website in the credits for "Aisling"

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    The Song Sponsor - "John Devoy"

    As song sponsor of "John Devoy" you'll get your choice of a signed cd or LP. You'll receive a print of the original artwork by Barry Kerr, you'll get the new Celtic design t-shirt, and handwritten lyrics along with a personalized note that will tell you about the creation and journey of the song itself, not to mention... your name will appear on our website in the credits for "Aisling"

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    The Song Sponsor - "Leaving for Cobh"

    As song sponsor of "Leaving for Cobh" you'll get your choice of a signed cd or LP. You'll receive a print of the original artwork by Barry Kerr, you'll get the new Celtic design t-shirt, and handwritten lyrics along with a personalized note that will tell you about the creation and journey of the song itself, not to mention... your name will appear on our website in the credits for "Aisling"

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    Song Sponsor - "Dancing to the Sounds"

    As song sponsor of "Dancing to the Sounds" you'll get your choice of a signed cd or LP. You'll receive a print of the original artwork by Barry Kerr, you'll get the new Celtic design t-shirt, and handwritten lyrics along with a personalized note that will tell you about the creation and journey of the song itself, not to mention... your name will appear on our website in the credits for "Aisling"

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    The Song Sponsor - "Caged Bird"

    As song sponsor of "Caged Bird" you'll get your choice of a signed cd or LP. You'll receive a print of the original artwork by Barry Kerr, you'll get the new Celtic design t-shirt, and handwritten lyrics along with a personalized note that will tell you about the creation and journey of the song itself, not to mention... your name will appear on our website in the credits for "Aisling"

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    Song Sponsor - "The Hardest Part"

    As song sponsor of "The Hardest Part" you'll get your choice of a signed cd or LP. You'll receive a print of the original artwork by Barry Kerr, you'll get the new Celtic design t-shirt, and handwritten lyrics along with a personalized note that will tell you about the creation and journey of the song itself, not to mention... your name will appear on our website in the credits for "Aisling"

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    TWO-ON-ONE WORKSHOP

    We will sit down for an hour and talk over songwriting, or guitar, or bouzouki, or mandolin, or ukulele, or tenor banjo, or anything you want to discuss...you get the idea. Includes the Fans & Friends package, which will arrive immediately. Scheduling the workshop depends on our touring schedule, so this works best if we regularly tour near you.

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    YOUR VERY OWN SONG OR TUNE

    In Ireland, the difference between a song and a tune is that a song has lyrics and a tune does not. Your choice. Give us a phrase or a line and we will write you a song, or give us a title for an instrumental and we will write you a tune. Plus the Fans and Friends package.

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    WEEKDAY CONCERT AT YOUR HOUSE

    We will travel to your house (subject to our tour schedule) and play a show for you and your friends. Note that it is completely legit for you to treat this as a formal house concert, and charge a cover. Includes Super Fans & Friends package.

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    WEEKEND CONCERT AT YOUR HOUSE

    We will travel to your house (subject to our tour schedule) and play a show for you and your friends on a weekend anywhere in the continental USA or Ireland. Note that it is completely legit for you to treat this as a formal house concert, and charge a cover. Includes Super Fans & Friends package.

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    SPECIAL EVENT, PARTY, WEDDING, ETC...

    We will travel to your house, office, front yard, backyard, etc... and be your very own house band (subject to our tour schedule) and play a show for you and your friends. This doesn't have to be a formal concert. This is what you would like it to be. Includes Super Fans & Friends package.

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Funding period

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