Andrew Irwin Irish Song Album

by Andrew Irwin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

£3,020

£5,000 target 36 days left
60% 49 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 15th June 2021 at 2:45pm

The aim of my project is to record my debut album- a commercial CD of Irish song- I am raising funds by way of pre-orders.

by Andrew Irwin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

I am a young tenor from Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. when I began singing, my 'bread and butter' was the Irish traditional repertoire. Having studied at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, as well as the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig, I have gone on to have some professional success as an opera singer. I have worked for companies such as Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, and I look forward to getting back to work in June at Longborough Festival Opera.

I was inspired to release my first album last year, when the country went into lockdown. In low moments suffering from depression, I turned to Irish songs from my childhood for comfort. When I sang my first online concert live from the Ardhowen Theatre in Enniskillen in July 2020, I programmed a recital of Irish song. The extent that this resonated with the local area, and the way that it made me feel made me certain that the project was worthwhile.

I researched traditional music from County Fermanagh, and have commissioned Neil Martin to arrange five songs from the area that had never been arranged in the 'classical' style before. Michael Papadopolous has arranged a further three songs. I am aiming for fifteen songs in total across four days of recording. The project will be produced and recorded by Michael Keeney, who has an incredible CV behind him (Paramount Pictures, Duke Special, EMI, Universal Music, Lionsgate, Van Morrison, Phil Coulter). The amazing pianist Ruth McGinley is playing a beautiful Steinway piano on the project, and we are recording in the First Church Belfast on Rosemary Street.

I have received support from the Arts Council, as well as the Joan Trimble Bursary Awards and  Mr Christopher Ball for the project. It is nearly there, and I require the last portion to get me over the line. This is an ambitious project, and getting as close to breaking even before the first CD is sold would mean a lot to me.

Many thanks!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

For a pledge of £15, you will receive a big thank you!

£25 or more

£25 Reward

For £25, you will be sent the CD the day it is complete and ready. I will sign it personally (excuse the hand writing), with a short dedication of your choice.

£50 or more

£50 reward

For £50, you will be added to the list of credited with my thanks in the booklet, as well as a signed copy of the CD.

£80 or more

£80 Reward

For £80, everything above plus a video of a Fermanagh song of your choice performed by me and traditional musician Jim McGrath on guitar. I will send you a list!

£100 or more

£100 reward

for £100, everything above plus an invitation to a CD launch concert (to be held in Northern Ireland tbc) and private drinks reception

£500 or more

£500 reward

Everything above, plus a private concert of Irish traditional music up to one hour, by me and Jim McGrath- Covid-19 regulations allowing, reasonable travel distance from Fermanagh.

£800 or more

£800 Reward

Everything above (except live concert with Jim McGrath), plus a private concert of music included on the CD up to one hour, given by me and Ruth McGinley- Covid-19 regulations allowing, reasonable travel distance within Northern Ireland/The Republic of Ireland.

Let's make 'Andrew Irwin Irish Song Album' happen

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