Howdy, folks! 2013 is winding to a close, but we’re making good use of our time. The upcoming CD, “Songs from the Former County”(slated for release in April 2014) is tuned, tweaked, and dressed up in a fine new jacket(courtesy of John Parker(mixing and mastering) and Jay Rawding(graphic design). To finish the job, all that is needed is a little financial boost; so, we asked…
…and then, did we receive! First off, a huge thank-you to Roy Higgins and Mary Fisher for getting the fund-raising started with their generous donation!
Next, our good friends and neighbours Meghan and Adam Townsend opened their home to the rest of the neighbourhood for a fantastic Christmas-themed house concert. A warm and enthusiastic audience enjoyed performances and stories from Wanda Rose Milne, Noah Tye, Grant Mitchell and I, showing both financial and community support for local music.
Then the borders of the Former County really began to stretch; on December 2, we launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $1000 towards CD production costs; not only did we surpass this goal in the first week(thank you, Jozef Sovcik!), but we gained the kind attention and support of Tony C. Smith and the community of listeners of his StarShipSofa podcast, and its sister podcast Tales to Terrify, hosted by Lawrence Santoro. To get everyone involved, I have offered to write new songs for both of their podcasts if we reach stretch goals beyond the original $1000 target; $1500 gets a new StarShipSofa song, $1750 gets another song for Tales to Terrify, and $2000 will get a third song for the District of Wonders Podcast Network. Science fiction and folk music? Why not? Let’s do it!
Many thanks to everyone who has supported this project so far; please have a look at the Kickstarter and consider donating, pre-ordering the CD, or spreading the word to family and friends. What started as a collection of local songs has spread well beyond the Former County line; the connection in this music to the people and places of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia is crucial, but it doesn’t stay here. I’ll reach out as far as I can, and I hope you’ll be there to reach back.
Thanks, everyone! Happy holidays!