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271 Funders

Mongrel City: debut album by Carol Keogh

By Carol Keogh

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The aim of this project is to raise funds to record my debut solo album, Mongrel City. I’ve been writing and performing for many years with bands like The Plague Monkeys and The Tycho Brahe. Now it’s time for me to write my own name on the wall and I’m hoping you’ll hold my hand while I do it.

The album material has been written, rehearsed and in some cases demo-ed, with my band, The City Fathers, and we’re now ready to roll into the studio and record the real deal. We want to get into a big live room and make some beautiful noise with some great vintage equipment, but unfortunately big live rooms don’t come cheap. Also, we’ll be working with a brilliant producer and bringing in some fantastic guest musicians. Then the album will be mixed and mastered to the highest quality and manufactured with beautiful packaging.

So the bulk of the money raised will be spent on getting the record made to the best specifications, and if there’s anything leftover it will be put towards marketing the album for self-release.

The songs for the album were largely inspired by my hometown of Dublin, though not exclusively so. Songs like Forty Foot and Grand Parade will be supplemented by songs about other places, such as Austin City Limits and London Song. You can hear snippets from some of the songs in demo form and from live radio sessions in the video. You can also find out more about some of the places that were the inspiration behind the songs.

I’ve put together a variety of reward packages including the album in digital download, CD and limited vinyl formats. I’m also offering a handwritten and handcrafted lyrics booklet, which will explain how the songs came about and the meaning behind the words. There are a number of opportunities to book Carol Keogh and The City Fathers for live performances, specifically in your home or place of business, and there is an exclusive chance to appear on the album as a group vocalist and be credited for your participation.

As well as songwriting, I am also a painter. I have recently been working on a series of oil paintings about the threat of oil exploration off the coast of Dublin Bay. But I intend to create works specifically for the individual funder. You might also like to commission a dedicated poem or a song, Perhaps you’d like if you and I could write a song together? These are all available as part of the reward packages here, as well as top quality merchandise like t-shirts and badges.

So, I hope you’ll watch my video and like what you see and hear and that you’ll be inspired by the reward packages to invest in what will be a really great album, For more information on me and my work, and for future updates on the Fundit campaign, go to www.carolkeogh.ie.

Mongrel City will be released in Spring 2013.

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TV appearance

Hi All, Just to let you know that I'll be on The Morning Show on TV3 tomorrow morning between 11am and 12pm, talking to Martin King and Claire Brock about FUNDIT and Mongrel City amongst other things. I'll also be showing off some of my paintings. You'll find it on the TV3 player afterwards at http://www.tv3.ie/3player. Hopefully that'll help kick us over the touchline in the next few days. Don't forget to spread the word about the looming deadline to anyone you know who might be interested in adding their pledge. We're nearly there folks! Thanks for your incredible support. xx Carol

Liberty Bell free download and other things

Hi All, We're now 75% there and almost at the €9,000 mark at the time of writing. Which is marvellous! But of course we need that extra push to get us over the line in the next week. There's a link to a free download of the Autamata tune Liberty Bell on my website - http://www.carolkeogh.ie, so be sure to download that in time for Christmas, which will be here before we know it. Also, for those of you who are around Dublin tomorrow night (Fri 30 Nov), Carol Keogh and The City Fathers will be playing a special, intimate gig, upstairs in Anseo on Camden Street. We played there this time last year and it was stuffed to the rafters. Admission is on a PAY-AS-YOU-LIKE basis in support of the FUNDIT campaign. Doors 8.30pm and there's no support so get in early. Be great to see some of you there! x Carol

Jerry Fish releases Free Download of ‘Back to Before’ in support of Carol Keogh’s Fundit campaign

Here's a treat for all you lovely people who've pledged for my campaign. My friend and collaborator Jerry Fish has decided to make his hit single Back to Before, a duet featuring me, available for download in support of the campaign. The track will be free to download for the limited period of one week from today. Back to Before appeared on the 2009 album ‘The Beautiful Untrue’ by Jerry Fish and The Mudbug Club. If you share this link with people please remind them that it has been made available in support of this project, so they might want to throw a few bob in the hat. Lovely jubblies! Download the track here: http://soundcloud.com/jerry-fish/back-to-before

a glass half full

Hi Guys, So we're half way through the project duration. I'm sure many of you have been busy spreading the word about the campaign since the last update - thanks so much. And huge thanks to anyone who has pledged since the last update. If there's anyone who's been meaning to tell folks or send a mailout, this is a gentle reminder, because now really is the time. I've got a bunch of media things in train that will hopefully give the fundraising a boost, but social networking (in whatever format) really does seem to be the key. I've set up a new band page on Facebook, so those of you that are Facebook users can pop along and give it an oul Like. http://www.facebook.com/carolkeoghandthecityfathers Now, treat time! Here's a blast from the past that was sent to me by one of you wonder-funders - lost my own copy yonks ago. This is a live 2FM radio session from 2002 recorded with my old band The Tycho Brahe. Hope you enjoy it. http://soundcloud.com/carolkeogh/sets/the-tycho-brahe-2fm-session

Almost one third of the way there...

Hi Funders, First of all I want to say a very hearty thank you to all of you for your pledges. There was a great burst of activity in the first week, which was incredibly encouraging. We are now three weeks into an eight-week campaign, and although pledges are still coming in, some more activity at this stage would be great. With the number of funders so far, we're almost one-third of the way to target. So, I guess one way to look at it would be if everyone who has funded so far could get two more people to pledge we might be on track to make our target. I really want to be able to fulfill the rewards people have pledged for and it would be awfully disappointing if that didn't happen. So, I wonder if I might ask you to spread the word amongst family and friends? Just two more people each and I reckon we'd be there! Here's a link to my Muzu.tv channel where I made a little video of me singing Tammy under a Dublin river bridge. Enjoy! I've also added some new information to my website so do check that out as well. http://www.muzu.tv/carolkeogh http://www.carolkeogh.ie

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