UKBlues Federation Crowdfunding Campaign Update for LaVendore Rogue

UKBlues Federation Crowdfunding Campaign Update for LaVendore Rogue

UKBlues Federation Crowdfunding Campaign Update for LaVendore Rogue

 

 

 

The crowdfunding campaign set up by the UK Blues Federation (UKBF) to raise funds to help LaVendore Rogue, winners of the 4th UKBlues Challenge, with their costs representing the UK at the 34th International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2018 and the 8th European Blues Challenge in Hell, Norway in March 2018, has got off to a fantastic start with more than £4,200 having been raised in just over two weeks since the campaign started.

In addition to what has been raised so far by the crowdfunding campaign, UKBlues has donated directly to LaVendore Rogue the sum of £1,500 to give them some working capital to start booking accommodation in Memphis etc.

With this contribution from UKBF, the total pledged and/or received is just short of £6,000, nearly 75% of the initial crowdfunding target of £8,000.

The UK Blues Federation is delighted that there has been such a great response to date and urges everybody to visit the crowdfunding page – HERE  – where you can not only make a pledge to support LaVendore Rogue but also get your hands on some great, exclusive rewards for doing so!

For the UK Blues Federation, Dave Raven, Treasurer, said, ‘We are very pleased to be able to make this substantial contribution towards the significant costs that LaVendore Rogue face to get to and compete in both Challenges. It is yet another example of the UK Blues Federation ‘putting their money where their mouth is’ and supporting and promoting blues in the UK.’

Joel Fisk of LaVendore Rogue said: ‘We really appreciate this – it’ll be a massive help getting the ball rolling, so thank you so much to the UK Blues Federation!’

UKBlues Federation Crowdfunding Campaign Update for LaVendore Rogue

It is not too late to get involved and make your contribution by visiting our crowdfunding page so if you have not donated, please have a look and see what great rewards are on offer in return for your financial support! Being part of the adventure that will take LaVendore Rogue to Memphis and Hell is Just a Click Away – CLICK HERE

UKBlues Federation Crowdfunding Campaign Update for LaVendore Rogue

Here is a very special message from the Rogues themselves!

 

UKBlues Federation Crowdfunding Campaign Update for LaVendore Rogue

LaVendore Rogue Needs Your Help To Represent The UK

LaVendore Rogue Needs Your Help To Represent The UK

LaVendore Rogue Needs Your Help To Represent The UK. How can you help to get the UK Blues Challenge winners to Memphis, USA ad Hell, Norway? Easy! pop over to the Crowd Funding page and pledge your support. There are lots of fabulous rewards to choose from every time you pledge they will please all the rogues who love LaVendore Rogues interpretation of the Blues.

Raising funds to contribute towards the costs of LaVendore Rogue representing the UK at the 2018 International and European Blues Challenges. The band are looking to raise £8,000 Please NOTE: This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by 12:00pm 18th December 2017

Announced recently, UK Blues Challenge winners LaVendore Rogue will be representing the UK when they join more than 250 other acts from all over the world at the 34th International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, USA organised by the Blues Foundation between 16th and 20th January 2018.

 LaVendore Rogue Needs Your Help To Represent The UK

They will also compete in the 8th European Blues Challenge (EBC) in Hell, Norway organised by the European Blues Union on 15th, 16th and 17th March 2018 in which 21 bands from across Europe will take part.

LaVendore Rogue Needs Your Help To Represent The UK

LaVendore Rogue Needs Your Help To Represent The UK

On the 23rd October 2017, as part of UKBlues Federation mission to support the Blues in the UK, we launched a Crowd Funding campaign to raise funds towards the considerable costs which will be incurred by the LaVendore Rogue representing the UK at the 2018 IBC & EBC.

As we as providing financial support to LaVendore Rogue the crowdfunding page also offers a huge range of rewards which you can get in return for your pledge.

 

LaVendore Rogue Needs Your Help To Represent The UK

So don’t delay, visit the Crowd Funding page today

HEAR FROM THE ROGUES THEMSELVES

LaVendore Rogue Needs Your Help To Represent The UK

 

 

Steelhouse Fundraising Rock Out and Shout NO MORE MUD

Steelhouse Fundraising Rock Out and Shout NO MORE MUD

Steelhouse Fundraising Rock Out and Shout NO MORE MUD

Due to typical Welsh weather it made it very difficult for many people to attend due to the car park being bogged out and a situation with drainage.

So myself (Josh) and a good friend (Mark) have set up this funding project to help the amazing Steelhouse Team sort problems such as the above…

Plz donate as much or little you can spare as every penny donated will be used to make the necessary improvements to OUR AMAZING FAMILY ROCK FESTIVAL – BEST KNOWN AS STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL!

Steelhouse Fundraising Rock Out and Shout NO MORE MUD – 2017 was a wonderful festival but the Mud caused mayhem that did not overshadow the music BUT … Bluesdoodles had an awesome, wonderful Steelhouse 2017 the title of the review summed it up – Steelhouse 2017 Simply Marvellous Mud Music and Mates

Steelhouse Fundraising Rock Out and Shout NO MORE MUDMy poor boot will never be the same – in fact, Sunday morning saw boots being replaced. The organisers of Steelhouse feel the same. Things have to change Welsh Weather is changeable and unpredictable that i is the only certainty.  So Mark & Josh f have decided to set up a Fundraising goal of £5000 to help towards costs of Parking, Drainage and other things on site to help make our festival better and to help out the guys behind the scenes. Please donate and help us reach our goal! STEELHOUSE CROWD FUND

The money will help our Rock Festival family, let’s help the organisers and volunteers out with funding towards drainage, parking and walkway matting. There is no argument that Steelhouse Festival 2017 was an amazing year for all including the Festival itself. Selection of the shots what a memory!

 

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Due to typical Welsh weather it made it very difficult for many people to attend due to the car park being bogged out and a situation with drainage.

So myself (Josh) and a good friend (Mark) have set up this funding project to help the amazing Steelhouse Team sort problems such as the above…

Plz donate as much or little you can spare as every penny donated will be used to make the necessary improvements to OUR AMAZING FAMILY ROCK FESTIVAL – BEST KNOWN AS STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL!

Donate – share on Facebook & Twitter keep the energy and the music live and mud free at our favourite festival mountain – Steelhouse – Please donate what you can HERE keep music live.

Steelhouse Fundraising Rock Out and Shout NO MORE MUD

Katie Bradley talking about C’est la vie and more






Katie Bradley talking about C’est la vie and more

Katie Bradley talking about C’est la vie and more

 

BD: Afternoon Katie, great to catch up with you and have a chance to talk about the forthcoming album and projects you are keeping you busy.

KB: Having a good time, keeping busy with projects and tours that keep rolling in.  So lots of variation in my approach to the Blues. I have been involved with Matt Long recording new material and I have a single out with a dance/electronic duo Jettricks – it is available via i-tunes and limited edition vinyl via my website.

BD: Tell us about the crowdfunding project with Indiegogo for your new album C’est la vie and choosing Indiegogo.

KB: I have invested a lot of time and money getting my exciting new project to this stage. Now on post production stage, feel it is going well people are being very generous. Crowd funding nearly reached half way and with eighteen days to raise the rest. The great thing about Indiegogo is that after paying a fee even if the full amount is not achieved I do still receive the money that has been raised by the end of the fundraising period. A good way of investing in an artist and getting something tangible in return

This is what your money is going towards

What We Need & What You Get

I have already invested what I can to the album to this point, so now we need your additional help to complete the process ready for release. In effect you are receiving the album in advance as a pre-order, with great bonuses and unique gifts available to this campaign as ‘perks’. Thank you for contributing and contributing to this venture, making it happen for us – not mentioning ordering a great present or a gift for yourself!

We are aiming to raise £3000 to cover:

  • Final studio session with special guests
  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • Artwork
  • CD production

 Katie Bradley talking about C’est la vie and more

C’est La Vie Indiegogo Crowdfunding HERE

BD: So the album title is C’est la vie; has the blues got a French feel?

KB: No it hasn’t I just like the French take on life, very philosophical and I think that is true of the blues as well. Whatever hardships you come across you have to get on with it “such is life” so thought it was the perfect phrase. The title song has a line “C’est la vie comme ci comme ça that is the way we are baby”. Yes, to do with the philosophical edge of the French.

It has been exciting working on ‘C’est la vie’ with one of the UK’s most exciting and inventive guitarists, Chris Corcoran. Chris is an incredible artist who has been featured in Guitarist Magazine, and is internationally noted for his innovation and authenticity as a composer and musician. I have known Chris for over twenty years, only worked together closely for the last  three years playing on the London circuit, the live scene We have been talking about making an album over the three years but between us we have just been too busy. Chris has been playing over one-hundred & Eighty gigs a year. We didn’t want to do a covers album, didn’t see the point. So he came with some grooves with Jamie Lawrence on Bass and I wrote the words. Quite a few of the songs are quite personal feel that it is quite a magical feel on the album personally. On drums is Mike Thorne who has played with all sorts of people. They are all part of the London scene. There are really authentic Chicago 1950’s flavours but really inventive as well reflecting the diverse catalogue of the musicians creating a lovely mix. I had to get Paul Jobson involved on keys, Fender Rhodes, Hammond Organs and Grand Piano, he just sat there and played it plus he is doing some backing vocals with me a continuity from my first album She’s Ready.  Also joining us is percussionist Paul Elliott who is in a duo with Jamie called Jettricks which is really cool and funky.

BD: With that mix is there a funky groove going on as well?

Yes there is, we have variety across the tracks with a gospel number which is heartfelt with a Staples Singers  influence, then there is Southern  Soul,  New Orleans, Memphis, Sun Studios influences and one of them is definite funky, 1970’s diva style. There is a whole mix of influences and everyone has added there take on them even a jazzy one song about having a muse. Chris Corcoran playing stands out it is just lovely, very melodic. The whole album draws on all of our passions for traditional Blues and Roots whilst continuing the traditions through experiences and bringing them to you bound by infectious grooves and melodies

BD: Where was the album recorded?

KB: The album is being recorded at the brilliant Rimshot Studios in Kent, renowned for award winning records and recording artist’s and so we are in the best possible hands with Mike Thorne behind the desk as well as on the drums. The studio is perfection as it offers authentic microphones and expertly sourced recording equipment, ensuring techniques that are reminiscent of the old recording companies such as Stax and Chess.

BD: Is the album self-released?

KB: Yes it is. The plan is to move it forward with an international release on a record label. The idea is to use the crowdfunding to have all the promotional material of a quality to get the album noticed and out there.

It is going to be released on CD, Had lots enquiries regarding vinyl so may bring out a single on vinyl. Vinyl is attracting young people. Whole new generation who are finding the blues through dance like a flash mob almost? as after a lesson in  Brixton & Islington  they dance to live music Would love to integrate this into festivals.

BD: Is there a release Date?

KB: End of January with a launch night in February. Check out the crowdfunding as one of the rewards is tickets for this event and you can be there at the launch of C’est la vie.

BD: With the album out early 2017 what other plans in the pipeline?

KB: Other things happening new website with shop. Some rather nice gigs including support to Popa Chubby at 100 Club in January and tour and festivals planned over Europe and the U.K. Keep in touch with Katie over at her Website HERE.

 


Kaz Crowdfunding to compete in Denmark & Memphis

Kaz Crowdfunding to compete in Denmark & Memphis Kaz Crowdfunding to compete in
Denmark & Memphis

At the 3rd UK Blues Challenge held at The Robin 2 on 12th November. The UKBlues Federation we delighted to organise the event celebrating the blues for the second year.

Ashwyn Smyth, Chair of UKBlues said:

‘ This was an excellent evening and our thanks go to everyone involved, the bands, the judges, the sponsors and all the team at the Robin 2 who made us so welcome and worked so hard to make the event such a success. The feedback we have received has been great and it is clear that those who attended thoroughly enjoyed the very fine musicians who played for them. I hope that we have laid the foundations for future UK Blues Challenges and that it will become one of the must-attend events of the blues year.

This was a night that celebrated the best in UK blues and demonstrated only too clearly the quality and range of the talent that is all too often unsung in this too frequently ignored musical genre. The event also raised funds which we, UKBlues, can use to further our aims and to make a contribution towards the Kaz Hawkins Band’s costs attending the two Challenges.’

In addition to being invited to play at four festivals during the U.K. the winners Kaz Hawkins Band will be representing The UK at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, U.S.A. were 250 other acts from all over the world at the 33rd International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, U.S.A. organised by the Blues Foundation between 31st January and 4th and European Blue challenge in Horsens, Denmark 6th, 7th and 8th April 2017 in which 20 plus bands from across Europe will compete.

Listen to Kaz as she explains about the fundraising.

Donations can be made on the Crowdfunding page

 

Multi award-winning Kaz Hawkins is Northern Ireland’s very own blues and soul darling. The Belfast-born singer-songwriter is fast becoming a performing icon across UK & Europe with the United States temptingly beckoning her over. Her high energy, original shows with her 1950s style swing-dress-meets-Dr Martens look and ability to closely connect with her public contribute to making Kaz one of today’s most popular blues artists in the UK and Ireland, as she continues to play to full houses.

Kaz has been compared to Etta James & Janis Joplin to name but a few. Mixing the genres of music for over 20 years, she finally found her niche in roots and blues, bringing a fun, inspiring & hopeful message with her new debut album ‘Get Ready’ self-released in August 2014, featuring Kaz’s deep, powerful voice, original songwriting and soulful tracks. ’Get Ready’ wooed both the public and the critics, winning the Blues Matters! Magazine Writers’ Poll Best Studio Album of 2015 in September.

In a hat trick  during the same month, Kaz accepted the prestigious Barry Middleton Award for Emerging Artist at the British Blues Awards (the first ever Northern Ireland recipient) and also received the Pure M Award for 2015 All-Ireland Best Female Act at a ceremony in Dublin.

Kaz’s stellar rise to success will be no surprise to the Northern Ireland’s music friends and blues fans over the world she has been wooing for years with her deep, powerful voice, original songwriting and soulful tracks. No mean feat for the 43-year-old funky grandma, who owes surviving a life of physical and emotional hardship to music and a larger-than-life personality that doesn’t take setbacks lying down! Kaz has now rebranded full-time as KAZ HAWKINS BAND. Guitarist Nick McConkey has been with Kaz 4 years and has been a crucial part of the bands direction. With the addition in 2015 of brothers Pete & Jan Uhrin on drums and bass KHB as they are now known, release their ‘Feelin’ Good’ album and UK tour on 28th May at Belfast Empire Music Hall.

Kaz has worked tirelessly for different charities and is Arts Ambassador for EastSide Arts Belfast in which she lectured students at Boston University on how she used music to survive trauma.

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Catfish Crowdfunding for Broken Man Album

Catfish Crowdfunding for Broken Man Album

Catfish Crowdfunding for Broken Man Album

 

 

Crowdfunding opportunities to demonstrate your support for a British award-winning blues band HERE

British Blues Award winners Catfish crashed onto the blues scene in Jan 2015 when their debut album, So Many Roads, went to no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts. Their follow up EP, a tribute to BB King called When BB Sings the Blues, followed it to no 5 in Feb 2016. They were nominated for two British Blues Awards in 2015 (Emerging Artist, in which they took third, and keyboard for Paul Long) and three this year (Band of the Year, keyboard for Paul Long again which he won, and Young Artist of the Year for Matt Long in which he took third. A great year for the Catfishes! They have played a number of major blues festivals including Cambridge Rock Festival, Bluesfest at the 02, Maryport, Colne, Broadstairs Blues Bash and Swanage amongst others, and are also playing at a number of blues clubs all over the country. Their new album Broken Man is due out in Jan 2017 – their first album of original material, written by Matt and Paul.

Catfish Crowdfunding for Broken Man Album
Photo Credit Paul Chamberlain

Catfish are currently recording their second album, Broken Man, which will be ready for release in January 2017.  Catfish are asking for your help with the new album there are lots of ways you can show Catfish your support.

 

 

 

Check out your Crowdfunding opportunities HERE  from pre-ordering a copy of the

www.catfishbluesband.co.uk
Photo Credit Graham Hutton

album in advance through to  a VIP package and a mention as a sponsor on the album cover .This album has been a labour of love and the band are really proud of it.  We hope you

will enjoy it.  Thank you so much for your support.

While you are waiting for the album check out where you can hear the music played live – HERE

Pledge Opportunity Rick Wakeman Phantom of The Opera

Pledge Opportunity Rick Wakeman Phantom of The Opera

Pledge Opportunity Rick Wakeman Phantom of The Opera

 

Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman Launches “Phantom of the Opera” Pledge Music Campaign

“Phantom of the Opera” Box Set – get signed items, merchandise and events exclusively here on PledgeMusic.

London, UK – Exclusive to PledgeMusic – For the first time on DVD the Lon Chaney silent movie “Phantom of the Opera” with Rick Wakeman’s Soundtrack together in a Limited Edition Box Set with a signed and numbered certificate.

The legendary 1925 Lon Chaney film is brought to life with a specially commissioned Rick Wakeman soundtrack. This is the first time this version of the film has been issued on DVD, as such the images have been fully restored and the sound track lovingly remastered.

The DVD also has several bonus features;

Rick Wakeman commentary
Christopher Lee introduction
Rick and the Phantom – featurette
Originally trailer

The soundtrack double CD is the original Rick Wakeman unedited soundtrack and contains the original mixes of the songs which are different to what eventually appeared on his album “Phantom Power”.

Special Limited Edition boxset contains:

Single DVD
Double CD
Signed by Rick Wakeman and numbered certificate
2 x Reproduction Lon Chaney 10˝ x 8˝ photos
4 x A4 Reproduction “Lobby Cards Taken from the original artwork
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There will only be 250 of these manufactured.

There are additional items, merchandise and a special screening of the film available too!
VIEW HERE

 

All prices include Postage and Packaging.

1) Double CD / Single DVD of The Phantom of The Opera. – SIGNED by Rick Wakeman
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2) The “Phantom of the Opera” Double 180g Vinyl – Gatefold signed by Rick Wakeman. There will only be 250 signed and the pressing will be limited to 500
Due to long manufacturing lead times the Vinyl will not be shipped until February 2017.
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3) “Phantom of the Opera poster Signed by Rick Wakeman. There are only 50 of this item available
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4) 2CD/1DVD – “Phantom of The Opera”
NTSC/PAL Region 0
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5) “Phantom of the Opera” Album download on MP3 or FLAC
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6) Exclusive T-Shirt
New design just for pledgers.
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7) Special Screening of the “Phantom of the Opera”
Pre-Order Now
A very special screening will take place in January, the exact date is TBC but the plan is to have the screening on a weekend ….. at The Regent Street Cinema the birthplace of British Cinema — in 1896 it became the very first place in Britain to show moving pictures when the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe was presented to a paying audience. It is a landmark venue for the British film industry and provides a historic setting.

8) VIP Ticket to the screening of “Phantom of The Opera”
Early access to watch the set up.
Q & A with Rick and the team.
Preferential seating.
To take place in January, the exact date is To Be Confirmed but the plan is to have the screening on a weekend ….. at The Regent Street Cinema the birthplace of British Cinema — in 1896 it became the very first place in Britain to show moving pictures when the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe was presented to a paying audience. It is a landmark venue for the British film industry and provides a historic setting.
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9) Platinum Ticket. + AccessPass
This very special Pledge includes all of the following.
Early access to watch the set up.
Q & A with Rick and the team.
Preferential seating.
Laminate
Box Set
And a Curry at a restaurant with Rick and the team after the screening.
It will be in January, the exact date is TBC but the plan is to have the screening on a weekend ….. at The Regent Street Cinema the birthplace of British Cinema — in 1896 it became the very first place in Britain to show moving pictures when the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe was presented to a paying audience. It is a landmark venue for the British film industry and provides a historic setting.
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Catch Rick Wakeman on tour with ARW (Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman) Read about the tour HERE

Elliott Morris Launches Pledge Music Campaign

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AWARD-WINNING MUSICIAN LAUNCHES DEBUT ALBUM CAMPAIGN

Elliott Morris Launches Pledge Music Campaign
Photo Credit Rockrpix

Award-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist Elliott Morris is launching a crowdfunding campaign to record and release his first album. Following the success of his E.P. It Seemed To Make Sense At The Time read what Bluesdoodles said HERE

“I’ve wanted to do this for a long, long time!” says Morris. “I aimed to get into the studio at the start of the year, but the gigs have just kept coming!”

2016 started with a Celtic Connections spot in Glasgow (where previously Morris was a Danny Kyle award winner) followed by a support slot to American singer Aoife O’Donovan at her UK album launch in London. He then hit the road with Canadian roots rockers the Bros Landreth, supporting them on their debut UK tour. Other notable shows this year have included opening for Cara Dillon, headline dates at The Troubadour in London, and most recently, sharing a bill with Badly Drawn Boy at Barking Folk Festival.

“Crowdfunding means that people I’ve played to along the road so far can directly become involved in the creation of my first album said Morris, who averages 120 live shows a year. “I have played these songs up and down the country in pubs, folk clubs and concert halls, and met many great music fans along the way. It only seems natural to include them in the next step!”

Morris, described by Acoustic Magazine as “the next big thing”, has previously completed two UK tours supporting Paul Carrack where he made a lasting impression with Bluesdoodles we said “His voice is powerful and he engaged with the audience with funny tales and setting the context for his songs which were a mix of folk and country tinged with blue. The numbers were self-penned full of clever lyrics, this is a songwriter who understands the power of the story….” 

PledgeMusic is a direct-to-fan music platform, which allows fans to become a central part of the music making experience, gaining access to exclusive content and seeing Pledger-only updates that provide insight into the music as never before.

“Using PledgeMusic lets me offer my audience far more than if I were to release by myself through a label. With the advance support of my listeners, I can offer not just physical CDs, but I can release the album on vinyl, and provide really special extras such as signed artwork prints, handwritten lyric sheets and bonus discs. I can also send exclusive updates from the studio directly to Pledgers.”

Other benefits on offer to Pledgers include exclusive Harris Tweed guitar straps, a thank you in the CD booklet, signed and framed vinyl, an exclusive live EP recording while on a tour of Scotland this summer, and even a house concert where Morris will come and play a show in your living room.

Furthermore, once Morris’s funding hits its target, 10% of any extra Pledge money goes to the men’s mental health charity C.A.L.M.

Elliott Morris   releases his album in early 2017, but anyone can become part of the journey now. Visit Pledgemusic NOW   to find out more about the album, benefits and Pledge HERE.