Dear Friends and Fans--- I hope this letter finds you all well and enjoying summer, a time I've always found fruitful for hatching new projects. In the past I've used the season to research 19th century music at the LeDuc house in Hastings and produced a summer concert and CD of “Lost Music Found”, I've researched and presented the cross-fertilization of Scottish baroque and folk music, and written an annual new composition for the Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra, for whom I am composer-in-residence. Now I am embarking on an exciting new project close to my heart: for years I've wanted to make a professionally produced CD (and download) a selection of my own compositions in Irish, Scottish and American traditional style music, written over the last three decades. I've composed at least 300 tunes in the traditional styles, many as commemorative pieces for special events or people, and performed many of these at concerts with my bands Dunquin, The New Pearl Buttons, and Dalwhinnie. Many of these are now being played by other notable musicians in the trad world; I am honored and humbled by their interest in my music. I am now selecting about 35 of these pieces (it's hard to choose!) to professionally record and produce a CD of these pieces, performed by Dunquin plus special guest musicians; fiddlers, a cellist, uillean piper, and others adding to our flute-fiddle-piano sound. Many of you have heard Dunquin play stirring jigs, rollicking reels and heartfelt airs. I'm often asked, “When are you going to make a CD of your own compositions?” I'm excited to say that time has come! I will record the album “Maiden Rock” in summer and autumn of 2015 and release it by Christmas 2015.
Where did the title come from? Maiden Rock is a favorite place of mine, along the Wisconsin River Road Highway 35, with a climb up the side of the bluff and a reward of a fantastic view of the Hiawatha River Valley when you reach the top). And where do you, the reader, enter the scene? There is a new concept called crowdfunding, whereby a community of people supports a creative endeavor in advance by pledging money for a project. The artist chooses a financial goal, in my case $7000, to produce a CD within a two-to-three month period, and uses an online crowdfunding organization to promote the project and raise funds. I have chosen Kickstarter as the vehicle for my project. In exchange for advance support, pledgers may select a reward: for $25, you may choose a finished CD shipped to you, or an invitation to attend a CD release celebration concert and party. For $50, you will receive both. For $400 I will write a composition just for you or the recipient of your choice and present your hand-written tune matted and ready for framing. For $600, my band Dunquin will play an up to two hour engagement for your special event (limited to a fifty mile radius of Saint Paul). If you don't want “stuff”, but want the the satisfaction of supporting a creative project, you may choose to simply donate money to a creative cause. Feel free to spread the word, too, by sharing my projects on your Facebook page, email, Twitter feed and other media. I have a long track record of interesting, unique musical projects. Check out my website: www.sherryladig.com, YouTube, and my Facebook page for more information, sound clips and video. Thanks to all of you who support local music and musicians -- It takes a village! Thanks, Sherry Ladig, composer, pianist, researcher and arranger
Risks and challenges
I expect to record in August-September 2015 and have the CD produced and ready by December 2015. Although I do not expect delays, if there are problems with this expected timeline they are most likely to be in the production, i.e, CD duplication/printing stage. If there are delays I will notify all backers of any changes and work to resolve the issues within a 1-2 month period. However, I will do my utmost to ensure that the project is completed in a timely fashion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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