111% Funded

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Target: €17500

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€19,592 Raised

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229 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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MOONEY'S NEWS

MOONEY'S BLUES FUNDIT UPDATE:

Hello to all of you who contributed to the Fundit campaign and are now patiently awaiting delivery of the record. I have received delivery addresses from many of you and am currently planning a postal delivery schedule which I will commence in the next couple of weeks - there are still a number of addresses not submitted so please check and email me if you haven't so far.

CD copies are now in my warehouse and ready for distribution. Vinyl is currently being manufactured and takes a lot longer; I am hoping to have the records in by early to mid-December. Digital downloads will be exclusive to Fundit contributors until the official launch date and will be made available at the same time as CD distribution commences; I'm sure my website technicians are flogging away at their laptops right now.

Actual launch will be sometime in 2022; only now can we begin to explore the possibilities of tour dates - I'll keep you posted. 

Thankyou for all your enquiries; please continue to be patient; distribution should commence in the next few weeks.

NM.

MOONEY'S BLUES NEWS

IMPORTANT - RE. REWARDS DISTRIBUTION:

Your postal address will be required for delivery of CD.

Hi to all of you who kindly contributed to my recent Fundit campaign. Thanks to your generous assistance, "Mooney's Blues" is now more or less ready to go; recording is mastered and artwork has been completed. 
The next stage will be to manufacture the CD; I should have the final hard copies in the warehouse by the end of August and I will then be in a position to honour (most of) the rewards, thus delivering the CD etc. and making digital downloads down (or up) -loadable.
Vinyl will take somewhat longer; my apologies for this but manufacturing lead time is much longer than for CDs. However, I should be able to do everything else from roughly the end of August; I will keep you posted re. vinyl manufacture and potential 2022 launch dates as things become clearer.
What I now need from you is your home postal address; please email me the full name and address/eircode to nigel@nigelmooney.com and, hopefully, I will be able to deliver your copy of "Mooney's Blues" from the end of August.

Kind regards,

Nigel.

MOONEY'S BLUES LATEST NEWS UPDATE

Dear Funder,

Herewith some important news regarding the recent "Mooney's Blues" Fundit campaign.

Firstly, thankyou to all of you who contributed to the fund - whether publicly or anonymously - every single one of you has made it possible for me to now finish the album off and look towards a release date. All rewards will be honoured and delivered in the not-too-distant future and I will ultimately contact all funders individually by email.

To those of you who contributed anonymously, generously and philanthropically for no reward at all, my sincerest thanks - I do hope you will enjoy the album some day.

I am currently working on putting the final touches to the recordings and then finalising the album form to suit the different media. First will be the digital master of "Mooney's Blues" which I hope to have completed over the next few weeks; when this is done I will make the digital download exclusively available to you and will email you with details. At the same time, I will have the bonus track and lyric sheet for those who ordered these rewards.

Next will be the CD itself; the cover and booklet artwork is almost complete and should be finalised by the end of the month. When this is done, the artwork and digital master will be sent to the manufacturer's and, as far as I remember, it could be three to four weeks hence for ultimate production. I'm hoping to have the CD boxes in the shed by the end of August and will contact everybody for delivery addresses etc.

As for vinyl, this is a new ball-game for me and may take a little longer as cover artwork is only commencing shortly, however I am sure this won't take too long as we already have all the artwork design for the CD and it should be a simple matter of reformatting shapes and sizes. I will let you know when I have more information on vinyl production, but, again, I am aiming for the end of August and hopefully all rewards can be delivered at the one time.

With regards to other rewards, I will contact you individually by email. The album-launch tickets will be emailed to you whenever these dates arise; but who knows where or when? I believe it won't be possible or practical to launch the record before 2022; I intend to conduct a proper P.R. campaign and, ultimately, set up a launch tour for next year. In the meantime, I hope it will give you some satisfaction that you will have your own copy of the record well in advance of the unsuspecting public.

I am very excited at the prospects for "Mooney's Blues", the thoughts of playing live again and meeting many of my old friends down the road - I am now fully vaccinated against (some forms of??) Covid-19 as I fall into the BM5 cohort (blues musicians over 50).

Thanks and good health,

NM.

 

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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