A video for you all!
I just wanted to share with you this wee video I made featuring some of the best photos from the shoots! It also features a track from my upcoming album.
As said in the video, the calendar is on sale for the January/February period, if you know any last minute people who may be interested!
In any case, I hope you enjoy the video. I had fun making it!
All the best for 2015,
Goodies on their way as the blue wooden boat sets sail
Just a wee note to let you know that all goodies have now been dispatched, so if you haven't received your calendars, prints, etc. by now, watch out for the mailman!
I am preparing for a busy weekend ahead, starting with a poetry reading (nice to be getting back into those), then I'll be selling my calendars on Friday night at the Shane Filan gig at the Knocknarea Arena, in aid of the Donal Parsons Trust, performing Vivaldi with the Sligo Baroque Orchestra on Sunday afternoon and back in the studio on Monday.
But the big one will be happening on Saturday night, when I'll be presenting songs from my album, Blue Wooden Boat, at The Model Sligo, with Seamie O'Dowd, Anna Houston, Ray Coen and Darragh Houston.
There will be guitars, piano, cello, mandolin, banjo, fiddles, flute and voices raised in harmony. The album will be available for presale and, of course, I'll be selling calendars!
If you are around the Sligo area, do come to The Model on Saturday evening. It will be a very special gig (and it's a full moon!)
You can book tickets here: http://themodel.ie/music/blue-wooden-boat
Thank you again & enjoy your goodies!
Keep it musical,
Some pics from the launch
Thanks to everybody who came to the calendar launch in the Hawks Well Theatre on Saturday and a huge thank you to Anna Leask for taking pics on the day.
You can view the pics on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/aminahhughesofficial (you don't have to have a FB account to view my page).
Goodies in the post this week! I hope you enjoy them.
The big day has arrived!
Well folks, the day has arrived. All is set for tomorrow's launch. We have musicians, we have scrumptious finger food, we have wine from Hargadon's own vineyard in the south of France, we have speeches, we have large prints, we have artwork, we have more live music, and oh...we have calendars! I am looking forward to seeing you there, if you are in the area. And I will do my best to capture some of it on camera for you!
For those who live in far flung places (Australia, America, Mayo...) your goodies will be in the post this week.
All the best and I shall be in touch soon,
One anonymous mystery remains
Some of you inquired about how to order more than one calendar, so I let you know that if you enter the total amount down the bottom, you could let me know then what you'd like.
BUT I did not realise that if you ALSO chose to be anonymous on the fundit site, your pledge of monetary value, with no reward chosen, would be seen as a philanthropic gift!
In the list of funders were 6 such anomalies. I have solved 5 of them, by working out who they were and asking them to clarify what reward they would like.
But 1 anonymous pledge remains!
If you pledged €45 and chose to remain anonymous on the site, I am assuming you live locally and are coming to the launch expecting to pick up 3 calendars.
If this is you and this is true, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can add to your name to the pickup list.
If, however, you really truly were just being philanthropic and you don't want a reward and you don't want me to know who you are, well...thank you very much!
Do let me know!
The Gallery Cafe's delightful delicacies
Hey folks! Well, all is going swimmingly. The large prints are being framed as we speak and I'll be picking up the calendars tomorrow. The Gallery Cafe, part of The Model Arts Centre, has come on board to provide the scrumptious finger food for the launch with their signature delicacies.
This Saturday, 4pm, is the launch, of course! Musicians are booked, press invites sent, wine and food sorted, speeches ready!
I'm looking forward to seeing most of you there!
Off to the printers!
Hey folks, an exciting day today! Spent the afternoon at Tiger Print finalising the calendar design and it not only looks fabulous, it's been sent to the printers! So, it is on its way into the world and soon it will be on its way to you. I'll be contacting you all shortly via email to get your postage addresses, where applicable, and make sure I have exactly what products you want in the bag! Don't forget, the launch is on Saturday 15th November at 4pm. I do hope you will join us if you can!
Thank you, again.
Well folks, this campaign will end in an hour. I just wanted to say once again, thanks so much for your support.
I'll be in with the printers this afternoon, finalising the design, which looks beautiful already.
This is going to be a really special calendar and the proceeds will be used in special ways.
I was back in the studio on Monday doing some editing. My album is very close to being finished and making its way into the world. I'm very lucky to have recorded with a group of amazing musicians who have helped me to create something beautiful that I'm very proud of.
I've been in regular contact with the Donal Parsons Trust, who are thrilled to bits to be my chosen charity. Donal has been through a bit of a rough time lately, so anything at all that can help him and his family is much appreciated. His mother was telling me about a huge event that will be taking place in December, at which they'd like to sell a pile of these calenders, as well as Donal's own book, My Dog, which he wrote and illustrated himself. The event was announced yesterday to be a Shane Filan concert in aid of the charity. How great for them! I'm sure Shane's support will do only great things for them and help them reach their target.
If anybody is interested in reading more about the charity and the upcoming concert, you can do so at www.donalparsonstrust.com
That's all from me. I'm heading into town to see a singer/songwriter from Canada while I have a coffee, before going to meet the printers. How blessed I am feeling.
Your goodies will be in the mail, hot off the press!
Thank you, again, and take care.
Yow howee!!! We did it!!! Fully funded and 2 days to go! They will be printed and they will be fabulous! Thank you all so much for your support of this project. If you didn't get your calendar ordered, there are still 36 hours in which you can order here and have it sorted! I sure am looking forward to that launch!
Spent this morning in with the printers designing the layout of the calendar and it looks fabulous! Can't wait to get them printed and into your kitchens! Don't forget you can order a large print of your favourite image or musician to hang on your wall if you fancy. And if you'd like it framed, sure you may as well come pick it up at the launch. We're going to dress up! Why don't you dress up too?
Nicola Cleary gets on board!
Hey folks, due to a last minute cancellation, I am very pleased to welcome Nicola Cleary into the calendar. Nicola is a fabulous violinist who leads the Sligo Baroque Orchestra and is a member of Paris-based chamber group, Orfeo 55. One of my photographs from Nicola's shoot was recently featured in my advertisement in the Sligo Baroque Festival programme. I was absolutely thrilled to photograph the festival last weekend (where I heard some of the most beautiful music!) and am very glad to be able to include one of Nicola's lovely photos in the calendar. Welcome aboard, Nicola!