My solo album

It has been a long time since I have updated this blog. Most blogs become moribound eventually – either because of lack of ideas or lack of time. With me it is most definitely the latter; I have an ever increasing list of articles to write and an ever decreasing amount of time to write them in.

The last post that I made was on building a melodeon. The project has progressed hugely since the last update, it will now play a tune! Unfortunately there are problems with sealing the bass pallets which means that it isn’t quite finished yet. More on that project in future posts.

I have a new melodeon, made by the amazing Olav Bergflødt, an incredibly exciting instrument which I can’t wait to tell you all about. That too will have to wait.

This post is on something completely different.

I have always been rather irritated by the fact that I don’t have any of my melodeon music to sell at solo gigs. I used to joke that I had a timetable for making an album – that by this time next year I’d have a plan for when I’d make one. Unfortunately that year is up, so I decided to make a plan. I decided that once I had my new shiny instrument (see above) that I would make a kickstarter to raise some money so that I could record it in early 2015.

This then, is a post to encourage you to support my kickstarter so that I can reach my target of £2000. Here is the link:

The kickstarter campaign started on 20th October 2014. I am writing this eight days later and I have already reached my target, with three weeks to go and before I had got round to publicising it on my blog! To all those that have backed me already, thank you so much. I really appreciate the trust that you have placed in me and I hope that I can deliver something that you will be proud of.

Don’t be downhearted if you haven’t backed though, my target was not what I thought the album would cost, but rather what I thought was a realistic target to reach. The album will likely cost more and every pound that you donate will make it better and better. With your help I’ll be able to afford a beautiful case, original artwork and I’ll be able to publicise it better, making your contribution more and more significant.

I know full well that many of my hypothetical readers will have not a lot of money and so please, if you value this project then share it with your friends, your morris sides, your sessions, your folk clubs and so on. Don’t be shy to express support verbally. It means a great deal to me that people think that I am worth supporting!

Well, what will this album be like I hear you cry? I quote from my kickstarter:

What will this album be like? Well, it’ll be a mixture of traditional, classical and contemporary tunes, all arranged by myself on a variety of different diatonic accordions. There will be no looping, no overdubbing, what you hear is what I play. It will even feature my one-of-a-kind Bergflodt four voice Torader! More than that though, I want it to be a musical experience that people will enjoy, remember and share. This is a chance for me to give something back to all the people that have supported my music over the years.

The current plan is to record the album with Talking Cat Recordings in March 2015. It should be ready to release by July 2015, in time for the Summer/Autumn season. I already have a (rather too long) set list, which I’m going to go through in detail towards the end of this month and work out which sets to leave out and which to put in.

Whilst I have your attention, my beloved and talented sister is doing something similar at the moment: crowdfunding her new theatre company. She wants to spend time working on feminist theatre projects and plays with female protaganists by female playwrights. I am proud to have donated to this project and I hope you you will be too.

Back to my album. To give you a sneak preview of the sort of things that you can expect, here is the demo that I recorded in my bedroom back in 2012. I’m much better than this now.


Thank you for your support!

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