101% Funded


Target: €2000


€2,030 Raised


43 Funders

Riff Raft Debut Album

By Bren O Ruaidh


We have been in the studio recording our debut album this week, full of our favourite tunes and we can't wait to share them with you. We're aiming to launch in March, but we need your help to make that possible. We have had such an amazing year playing so many amazing venues full of beautiful dancers, including the iconic Connolly's of Leap and packing Cork Jazz Festival's Ronnie Scott Rhythm Room. We are honoured to have gathered such a big following on the Cork dance scene and we aim to keep growing as a band, expanding to play in new places and to continue to increase our set list with great songs for Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Blues and Shag, as well as a few tunes for the pure party atmosphere of them! We have a few New Orleans second-line tunes coming very soon to a dance floor near you!

Releasing this album will really help us to grow. The money raised will go a long way towards paying for our time in the studio, the engineer's time with mixing and mastering, graphic design, cover photos, packaging and production of physical CDs. A portion of the target figure has also been allocated to pay Fund it their fee for hosting the campaign.

Keep up with the band on facebook and twitter, and find Bren Ó Ruaidh (bandleader, guitarist and singer) on instagramfacebook and twitter. Lots of photos and video clips from the studio and from our live performances are posted regularly.

Bren Ó Ruaidh has been playing jazz on the Cork scene since 2003. When he returned from a life-changing trip to New Orleans last year, he formed Riff Raft at the Ballydehob Jazz Festival. In less than a year the band has become extremely popular among dancers and listeners alike. Riff Raft are an amazingly talented group of musicians who also know how to have a great time on stage so gigs are always exciting and fun. 

Bren Ó Ruaidh (guitar/vocal)
Tony Adams (clarinet)
Liam de Staic (trombone)
Dave O’Keefe (trumpet)
Niall McGuinness (bass)
Niall Dennehy (drums)

If we are successful in reaching our target, there will be no further risks or challenges to face on the road to releasing our album in March. Everything is ready to go but awaiting funds. We are crowdfunding because without the support of friends and fans we would not be able to release our album this year at all. Releasing an album is an expensive process between recording, mixing, mastering, graphic design, photography, packaging, marketing etc. Even though recording is an expensive endeavour, it is a necessary one for a professional band, a calling card and more importantly a way for people to bring home the music they loved live!

We would like to thank our friends, families and fans for all the support in making this album possible. We can't wait to share it with you. There were some magic moments in the studio that we know you will love!




101%, Wow!

Wow, thanks to everyone who funded this campaign, we made it past the target with time to spare! 

If anyone feels left out and would like to add to the fund before the deadline tomorrow, they are still welcome to do so. We went a little bit over budget in the studio, so every little helps. Also, 8% of the funds go to fundit.ie for hosting the campaign. 

Potential funders still have until lunchtime tomorrow, if they would like advance copies of the album as soon as we get them hot off the press, or a concert or any of the other great rewards listed. 

There were some seriously scary moments during the campaign when the slider would stop for nearly a whole day, but there were some amazingly generous donations given too. We would like to extend our deep gratitude to all of our friends, family and fans for their generous support, with a special mention of the swing dance community who have supported us right from the start. Thank you all so much, we can't wait to share the album with you all next month. You're going to love it! 

2 weeks to go...

Fantastic, we've got just over 25% of the funds now and it's very exciting that we could raise it all by the target date, and then we can release the album on schedule in March. 

So now we've got 2 weeks to go on the campaign and just under €1500 left to raise, and we're optimistic about raising it. We have full faith in our friends and fans, and we have recorded a wonderful album that just has to be released, people are going to love it! 

Here is another clip from the studio, a bluesy one this time:

St. James Infirmary (with impromptu commentary) 

Its like a rollercoaster ride, scary and exciting...

It was really exciting to see that we'd raised 10% of our album costs over the weekend, but scary yesterday to see the little slider staying stationary all day! Delighted to see it has moved up a bit again this morning. What a rollercoaster we're on!

There are just 2 possible outcomes on the campaign. Either we raise the full target figure and release the album in March, or if we don't reach the target, we get nothing and we'd have to put the album on hold for ages until we can save enough money ourselves, and that could take a year... A year of leaving our beautiful baby in the incubator when we're so excited to let it loose on the world! Please support our baby and you'll be rewarded with heavenly music!

Rewards for donations include signed copies of the album (before the official release date), tickets to the launch, a jazz workshop with the band, a private concert for you and your friends, and for an especially flush funder we'll even write you a song and record a video of us playing it for you!

Massive thanks to our funders so far, and to all future ones too.

Keep an eye on our social media pages for updates and videos from the studio and our latest shows.



Bren's Instagram

funders (43)

There are 38 public funders of this project

There are 5 anonymous funders of this project