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A best-of tour live album recorded in some of America's finest bookshops (and libraries)
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Pre-order your copy of our best-of live album, featuring songs inspired by books, currently being recorded in bookshops and libraries across America on our debut tour of the US. 

THE STORY - HOW WE GOT TO AMERICA

For nine years we've been working with hundreds of authors, such as Louis de Bernières and Joanne Harris, and performing the book-inspired songs we've written in collaboration with Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights in bookshops and libraries all over the British Isles. We've always dreamed of taking our show over to America. 

Thanks to a glowing review in the New York Times, an invitation from the American Booksellers' Association and a music and book wholesaler with a passion for literature and music, Gardners / AMS who stepped up to sponsor the tour, we're finally going. We'll be performing in 15 independent bookshops and public libraries across New York / New Jersey / New Mexico and Colorado between January and Feb 2019 as well as at the ABA's annual conference with Margaret Atwood. It's going to be a real adventure, discovering some wonderful new bookshops, meeting so many new people and hopefully sharing some very special moments and new book discoveries at the concerts in these amazing spaces. 

US Tour Poster
US Tour Poster

PUTTING THAT EXPERIENCE ONTO VINYL

We know that not everyone who would like to be on this journey can be there, so we thought  we'd try and capture a best-of audio experience from the tour. Creative Scotland have awarded us the funds to record many of our concerts. The album will feature live recordings from as many of the bookshops and libraries as we're able to record, transporting some of that ambience, the sounds the atmosphere, the audiences and of course the songs into the homes of anyone who'd like to join us for a taste of that experience. 

We can's say at this point which songs will be on there, which bookshop or library shows will be on there, or which author's books will be represented, but we will make sure it truly is a best-of tour collection, the highlights from our 18 or so concerts in America. 

Risks and challenges

We wanted to launch this campaign as we head off on tour, so you can join in as it all unfolds in real time, tune in to live streams of concerts, follow our progress and be a part of the journey in some sense. Of course there is a chance it'll all go tits up, maybe we get sent home at the border, maybe we get snowed in for the whole time, who knows, maybe all our recordings get lost on the plane (we'll make back-ups), but either way, if we make it back with the recordings we'll produce a wonderful record for you. If, for what ever reason, the recordings art there, we'll cancel the Kickstarter, as the campaign won't finish until we're home safely with the recordings so we'll know then if it's all gone to plan.

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    Pledge £15 or more About $20

    Tour T-Towel + album download

    A souvenir T-Towel featuring the artwork of our US tour poster, created by the incredibly talented illustrator Jacob Stack, who will receive a cut from each t-towel sold.

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    • Download code
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    Pledge £25 or more About $33

    VINYL

    We're producing a lovely gatefold edition, including artwork by Jacob Stack. Each copy will come with two download codes, offering both amps and full resolution high-fidelity download options.

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    • Gatefold vinyl album
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    Pledge £70 or more About $92

    COLLECTOR'S LIMITED EDITION VINYL

    We're making 50 copies of a special presentation-boxed signed vinyl edition, containing a unique selection of souvenirs from our US tour. Underneath a hand written letter from the band the box will contain an original tour poster, a signed lyric sheet from our performances, a selection of hand-annotated original 35mm photos taken on the journey and an original piece of artwork down by Miss Molly Rae Please whilst on tour with us. As well as the album download cards we'll also provide access to our the full unedited audio archive from all our recorded concerts in the US. We'll also throw in a tour T-towel for good measure.

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    • Gatefold vinyl album
    • Hand-annotated 35mm tour photos
    • Original drawing by Molly
    • Presentation archival box
    • Signed lyric sheet
    • Tour poster
    • Tour T-towel
    • Archive download of all recorded US concerts
    • Handwritten letter from The Bookshop Band
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    House Concert

    We'll arrange with you to come to your house and do a concert for you and your friends. Travel up to 150 miles included and subject to finding a mutually convenient date. Also one copy of the COLLECTOR'S EDITION VINYL will be included.

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    • COLLECTOR'S LIMITED EDITION VINYL PACKAGE
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    Pledge £1,000 or more About US$ 1,319

    A song & house concert

    Tell us your favourite book (or maybe your own book) and we'll write a song inspired by it and come to your house to perform it, and a concert of our other songs to you and your friends, at a time to be mutually agreed in the next year. Also includes 2 copies of the COLLECTOR'S LIMITED EDITION VINYL. Travel included up to 150 miles, any further will be extra.

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    • A new song composed for you
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