The CD is fully funded (see details here). Thanks to everyone helped make it happen. You are totally awesome.
NOT EVERY DAY IS ST PATRICKS DAY
I love Celtic music. One of my life goals is the preservation and promotion of traditional Celtic songs. I do that is by recording songs and then sharing the lyrics and chords I play so that others can learn how I learn, by ear. That’s why I decided to record this album.
Music is everywhere. Flip on your radio. You hear it. Roll down your car window. You hear it. Walk into a grocery story. You hear it.
But the music you hear outside of your own four walls is not the music you love. It’s the major labels TELLING YOU, “You will like this!” I don’t know about you, but I hate being told what I to do. More importantly, I hate what’s being fed to me by the record labels.
I listen to Celtic music because it is a part of my Scots-Irish heritage. I listen to it because it’s fun. I listen to it because it touches something deep inside of me and brings joy into my life. Does it do that to you too?
That is the goal of this new CD. I want you to *feel* your Celtic heritage. I want to bring a little bit Celtic Freedom into your life.
Is This a CD-Only Project?
Take a look at the rewards. You will notice that this fundraiser is not for the digital album. If you want just MP3s, that’s awesome, you will have to wait.
The goal of this fundraiser is to pay for the printing of the physical CD, “Not Every Day Is St. Patrick’s Day”. So all the rewards are physical.
A CD is not just about listening. It’s a bit of an experience. Not quite as cool as a vinyl record, no. I love gently putting a vinyl onto a player and lowering the needle to play. That’s cool.
I also love it when a CD arrives in the mail. There it is, from a graphic image on a website to a physical product in my hand. I look at the cover, carefully touching the beautiful image. I flip it over and read the track listing. I tear off the plastic and open the CD up. I pull out the CD and stick it into my car’s CD player. Then I open up the case and read the notes.
You see, it’s not just about music. It’s emotion. It’s memories. It’s joy. Happiness. Laughter. It’s about being a part of the music. You’re getting a physical piece of me. I carefully craft all the graphics for each album. I will share a full product with you. I want you to cherish it as a whole.
I Need Your Help
I’ve released a number of albums that I’m still paying off today. I still consider “The Bridge” one of my best CDs, but because of the album title, I have hundreds of copies of that album in boxes in my garage. I still owe nearly $2500 on that CD alone. It was an expensive gambit.
This album is not recorded with an expensive producer. However, I hired musicians to give it a bigger sound. That will cost me nearly $1400. Add to it the duplication costs, and the special gifts and shipping. Well, the price adds up.
Here are some the expected expenses:
- CD Duplication: $1200
- Musicians: $1400
- Shipping Costs: $400
- CD Plaques: $200
- T-Shirts $600
- Fees $200
Total = $4000 - $800 (already raised on the old webpage) = $3200
That’s a lot of money that I don’t have to make this album a reality. So if you’re feeling compassionate, then all you need to do is show how caring you are an make a donation today.
What’s on the CD?
If I get funding for it, “Not Every Day Is St. Patrick’s Day” will feature fifteen or more traditional Irish and Scottish songs.
This album was originally a companion CD to “Whiskers in the Jar”. It’s become something much more. I like to share the original songs that I parodied on my “Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers” CDs for those cat lovers who are not familiar with traditional Irish music. Instead of doing a straight cat companion CD, I decided to take all of my parodies and share the original versions on one CD. There will be originals from “Whiskers in the Jar,” “A Tribute to Love,” “Kilted for Her Pleasure,” and “What Color Is Your Dragon?” on this one album.
Listen to rough cuts below. The first FIVE songs will be on the album.
Who’s recording on the CD?
One of the many folks who stood out while recording “Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits” was Daniel Briggs. Not only did he do an amazing job, but he was quick and even went above and beyond by inviting his band mates into the recording process. He performs with a group in California called Dogs in Doublets. They are comical theatre troupe who perform at Renaissance faires and as a four piece alt/folk band. I mailed him the first track a few months ago–”A Drop of Nelson’s Blood”. He sent me back a rousing rendition that had a fun old-timey feel to it. I loved it!
I don’t expect the full band treatment to the entire album. I asked only for a simple guitar and some background vocals. But it could be more. It might not. Either way, it will sound fantastic!
When will you get the final CD and gifts?
My hope is that this album will be finished by the end of August. I hope to have gifts to you by October at the latest. The album will be officially released in January.
Who is Marc Gunn?
Wait. You may not know who I am. My name is Marc Gunn. I’m called “The Celtfather” because I’m one of the most-prolific Celtic musicians online. I’m also one the biggest independent promoters of Celtic music as well. I host the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast which was voted the #1 Music podcast in the Podcast Awards of 2009 and 2010. I am the Chief Editor of the Celtic Music Magazine helping indie Celtic musicians to gain notoriety. I was one half of the Brobdingnagian Bards, an award-winning Celtic group from Austin, Texas. I’m also a cat lover, a Sci fi geek, a Rennie and when I’m not at a gig or podcasting, I’m a husband to my wife Gwen and a stay-at-home daddy, taking care of my 20 month old daughter Kenzie.
Celtic music belongs to those who care
If you are caring, kind, and compassionate, then thank you for sharing and supporting “Not Every Day Is St. Patrick’s Day”. I have you to thank for making my dreams a reality. So thank you!
P.S. Wanna donate by Check?
I’ve had several folks ask me if they can donate to this project with a check by mail instead of using Paypal. The answer is “Yes”. Email slainte at marcgunn dot com and I’ll send you a mailing address to send the check. Please also include, which donation level you want, and how much you plan to send, and your mailing address as well.