111% Funded

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Target: €17500

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€19,552 Raised

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228 Funders

NIGEL MOONEY : MOONEY'S BLUES

By Nigel Mooney

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Just what is or are "Mooney's Blues"?

"Mooney's Blues" is my new album. Principal recording is finished and sounds fantastic; now editing, additional production, mastering and manufacturing commences prior to eventual official release - musicians will include the great Jean Toussaint (ex-Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers) on tenor saxophone, Ben Cauley (ex-Bar-Kays/Otis Redding band) on trumpet, Lannie McMillan (ex-Ike Turner and Buddy Guy) on tenor saxophone, Deborah Swiney and Carolyn Chatman (ex-Al Green) on backing vocals and many, many more great musicians from Ireland and overseas. 

Just what will the funding go towards?

Almost all of the songs on "Mooney's Blues" are new compositions that flowed out of me in an unprecedented burst of inspiration. Most of these works appeared fully formed and fully produced in my head; therefore, in order to ultimately produce everything to perfection I will need a vast array of arrangers, multiple musicians, singers, stringers, hornsmen, acumen and aeons of studio time. Then there's the manufacture of CDs and vinyl records, P.R. and promotion, the delivery of the rewards to your kind selves, Fund it's commission fees and some decent wine to celebrate the eventual, glorious achievement. Your collective and much appreciated contribution will go towards the final completion and release of the album.

Just what are the factors that will benefit the benefactor?

I have been playing music professionally for almost forty years and have been fortunate enough to work with and befriend many great musicians in that time. I have recorded and released three albums to date and I've experienced the smiles and frowns, the ups and the downs of the labours and mysteries of the recording process. Now, with the benefit of this experience, I believe it has all come together on "Mooney's Blues" and that it comprises my finest work. This is your opportunity to contribute to the manufacturing process by advance purchasing the album - as well as some unique special offers - you will be among the first to own a copy of this great record. Browse the fantastic "rewards" listed (to right of page or below) and choose a treat that suits your fancy or your budget, then pay that amount (or whatever amount you like) and you will receive your copy of "Mooney's Blues" before the official release date.

Why does "Ireland's King of the Blues" need crowd-funding?

Well, there are three words that, individually, can suggest a certain lacking in the ability of an artist to finance his own major project, but when applied together can suggest a level of pauperdom perhaps akin to a misfortunate of Charles Dickens' imagination; they are "Musician", "Jazz" and "Ireland".

Your contribution is much appreciated.

Whether you're a fan, a player or a pundit, thankyou for contributing to my goal through Fund it.  N.M.

 

Nigel in studio with Mickey Gregory, Lannie McMillan, Ben Cauley and Jessie Smith.

 

Nigel in recording session for "Mooney's Blues" with his Danvel-Nelson guitar. 

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NIGEL MOONEY : MOONEY'S BLUES

Hi to all who have contributed to the Fundit campaign so far; this has been a mitigated success and I give my heartfelt thanks to you all. With five days left to run, I have exceeded the target figure and, not only can I now look forward to a proper album release with greater marketing and P.R. prospects but my mouth is watering at the thought of the finer claret in my goblet. I will post another update regarding what will happen next as soon as I know the story. In the meantime, thankyou and do continue to remind your friends. NM.

NIGEL MOONEY : MOONEY'S BLUES

A big thankyou to everybody who has contributed to this album funding campaign, and to Fundit.ie for facilitating the concept. I have now surpassed my target and can start to think about finishing things off and getting the CD and vinyl into production. Vinyl eh?! Who would have thought it? I have been amazed by the generosity of everybody and the success of this venture and am now looking forward to getting the album out into the world; the fact that the target has been exceeded will mean that I'll have more cash for P.R. and marketing and perhaps the album will have a better chance to avoid ending its days in my garden shed. With that in mind, there is still more than a week left to run and still time to buy advance copies and give a boost to the P.R. possibilities. Thanks again and please spread the word. NM.

NIGEL MOONEY : MOONEY'S BLUES

Well, I've reached the 75% mark on the Fund-line and I'm overwhelmed by the generosity of everybody who has contibuted and spread the word so far. As you might have gathered, I am very happy about this recording and how it has turned out and I believe that you will not be disappointed when you finally get to hear it. The first session I recorded for "Mooney's Blues" was as far back as July 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee, with a fantastic band of local musicians organised by my friend and great jazz singer Deborah Swiney. I had been arranging with Debbie and her friend Carolyn Chatman (daughter-in-law of the late, great Memphis Slim) to do the backing vocals for my album - they were Al Green's backing singers once upon a time - and Debbie asked me to record some guitar on a blues she had written called "Me and the Mouse". I ended up singing it too and the session went so well I decided to put it on my fourth and forth-coming (eventually) album, now just around the corner, thanks to y'awll! Hornsmen on the day included Ben Cauley on trumpet - Ben was in the Bar-Kays and the sole survivor of the plane crash that ended the life of the great Otis Redding; saxophonist Lannie McMillan - leader of the horns for my recording and ex-member of Ike Turner's and Buddy Guy's bands; Mickey Gregory on trumpet - Mickey was M.D. for Isaac Hayes and Albert King and a stalwart of the Stax studio scene; and also legendary Memphis sax player Jessie Smith. Sadly, both Ben and Jessie have passed away since that summer's day in 2014 but thankfully the great memories I have of them are preserved on "Mooney's Blues". Thankyou all. NM.

NIGEL MOONEY : MOONEY'S BLUES

Firstly, a big thankyou to all of you who have pledged your wedge; this generosity is very much appreciated and I want to say THANKYOU again - it is truly remarkable just what you are contributing and great to see the vinyl record is coming back. We're just past the halfway mark and with just over three weeks to the deadline, it would appear that we're headed in the right direction. However, there's still a fair bit to go, so please pass the message on and share the link as much as you can. Cheers, N.M.

NIGEL MOONEY : MOONEY'S BLUES

Many thanks to all of you who have helped get the campaign off the ground. I'm hoping to reach the first quarter milestone shortly; following that I'll post some updates on the recording progress. Thanks again, NM.

 

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