Callanish is recording our fourth album, The Hare’s Paw, this November! It’s been three years since our last album was recorded, and since that time we’ve said goodbye to two band members and hello to two more. The Hare’s Paw will mark the first time singer Louisa Smith and guitarist Holly Foy record with the band, and also the first time Callanish will record original music: Louisa’s ballad Kilkenny Soldier, and Gretchen Lee’s Brownie Reel. We’re planning to release the album on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, 2013, at the second annual Callanish Irish Music and Arts Celebration at the State Theatre in downtown State College.
But in order to record this album we need your help! Today marks the beginning of a fundraising drive for us on Kickstarter.com. Kickstarter is an online crowdfunding platform that allows project creators to receive funding directly from people who are interested in supporting them. We’ve set a project goal of $4000. This will allow us to pay for the recording, editing, mastering, and production of the album.
The fundraising drive will last 30 days, starting today. During that time, you can visit our Kickstarter project page and make a pledge of whatever amount you wish. At different pledge levels you’ll be able to select different rewards, ranging from a digital download of the album at the $15 level to a personalized house concert at the $1000 level. At the end of the pledge drive, if we’ve reached our goal, your credit card will be charged through your Amazon.com account. You will never be charged more than the amount you’ve pledged, and you can change your pledge amount or cancel it at any time before the drive is over. However, if we don’t reach our goal by the time the 30 days are up, your credit card will not be charged and we won’t receive any funds at all- Kickstarter is an all or nothing proposition. With this in mind, it’s important that you pledge early and help spread the word about the campaign! Tell your friends and family, and share the link on Facebook and Twitter.