Bayfield Booth - "A New Way On" album

by Bayfield Booth in Bedfield, Suffolk, England

We have so much we want to share with you. Help us seize the moment and make an album of our most honest, heart-felt songs, while we can.

by Bayfield Booth in Bedfield, Suffolk, England

£2,127

raised of £4,000 target

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This project will only be funded if at least £4,000 is pledged by November 25th 2018 at 7:43pm

In early 2018, singer, songwriter and story-teller Mat Bayfield joined forces with singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer David Booth to start a new journey. Songs from the heart, of lives lived, love and loss, the Peak District hills to the East Anglian coast and the souls and stories of countless places and people in between...

'Brian' the Brain Tumour

Mat: "In December 2012 I was diagnosed with a rare inoperable brain tumour on my brain stem.....a.k.a Brian, the uninvited guest!  As a result, I have spent a large amount of time at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge receiving extensive radiotherapy and regular MRI scans. I'm currently undergoing an extended course of chemotherapy which, as we type, seems to be having a positive effect on the tumour and slowing it's progress... for the time being. Although a very traumatic time for me and my family, somehow I have found an inner strength to face life with a renewed sense of positivity, and my motto is 'Life Is No Rehearsal'.  

At Christmas 2015 I met Kelly, who had lost her sister to a brain tumour in 2010. We made an immediate connection and have been a huge support to each other ever since (we got married in January this year!). We wanted to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity - a charity so close to both our hearts, and created 'Mat's Walk and Talk Challenge' in late 2016. As well as raising money for the charity, the idea behind these walks is to join with like minded people who can make friends, share stories, get fitter, and inspire people to make the best of this life regardless of the hardships we all face. The walks started in January 2017, but later that year my health deteriorated to the point where I was unable to walk, and I now use a wheelchair. This hasn't put me off though, and now we just try to make the walks fully accessible! To date, the "Walk & Talks" have raised well over £20,000."

Booth, meet Bayfield...
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Mat was one half of Suffolk folk duo The Broadside Boys and in 2017 was living the dream of being a touring musician, playing all over the UK. Sadly this wasn't to last. During the summer, Mat's tumour became active again leading to him having to stop touring in September. During the autumn of that year, things got darker as Mat's health got steadily worse.

Around this time, Mat's girlfriend (now wife!) Kelly was working on a music project of her own with music producer David Booth. She couldn't help notice a Brain Tumour Charity fundraising pack up on a shelf in David's studio. He explained that having lost his father to a brain tumour in early 2016, he had held a house concert to raise some money for the charity. Kelly explained Mat's predicament, not only the fact his health wasn't good, but that he felt somewhat lost after having the creative outlet his beloved music had provided taken away.
Some text messages and a call later, Mat & David started to work on some songs. First it was "Magic Man" a song about how Mat & Kelly got together, which the fledgling Bayfield Booth then performed at Mat & Kelly's wedding in January 2018 and subsequently recorded and released as a charity single with all profits going to the Brain Tumour Charity. But such was the instant musical and personal connection that Mat & David decided to carry on and make something more permanent from their collaboration.

With a new round of chemotherapy (and perhaps the new music?) Mat's health steadily began to improve, which allowed Bayfield Booth the chance to make the most of the time, rehearse, dare to dream a little and start to grow a new set of songs.


Why Bayfield Booth needs your help

David: "These songs are some of the most honest of our lives. We feel like we've got so much to say, so many people we'd love to connect with, and we just want to get on with it in the best way we know how... through our music.

We've both made and self-funded albums in the past. Normally we'd just plough on, play a hundred gigs, save all the cash and then go into the studio. However, that takes time, which with 'Brian' in the background, is one luxury we may not have. So we need to get on with this while Mat's health is stable enough to allow him to record, perform and do what he does best - connect with people.

1539694155_Bayfield%20Booth%20-%20A%20NeI have a recording studio and the skills & experience to record, produce and mix the album, but it's my living, so some of the studio time needs to be covered. In addition, professional mastering, guest musicians, artwork, CD pressing, promotional videos and a new website all need to be paid for. We've already made a start, with two songs in the bag and the first single - "A New Way On" (as featured in the video) being released in early November. But if we're going to carry on and make the album, simply put, we can't do it without you!"

If we exceed our target, we will donate 10% of the extra money to The Brain Tumour Charity.
The rest will be spent in two main ways:

1. Extra songs on the album - if we achieve our first target we're committed to completing an album of ten songs. Extra money means more songs can be produced.

2. We really enjoy connecting with people through our songs and performances and know how important music is to a lot of us. We'd like to do more events that help spread the reach of the album, specifically enabling us to have more conversations about heath, wellbeing, positivity in the face of adversity and the simple joy of music. More money means we can consider perhaps traveling a bit further afield or putting on some rural Village Hall gigs, which from past experience we know can help bring communities together.


Quality, quality, quality


David again: "Mat and I have both made and performed music professionally for years. We know what it takes to make this project special and we're not interested in doing the album in a half-hearted way. While, fingers crossed, Mat's health remains stable, we know we can perform these songs in a way that connects with people. Ask the 200+ folks who saw us at the first Bayfield Booth show at Riverside Theatre in Woodbridge, Suffolk in May this year, or the 500+ people that packed-out the "Moot Hall" tent at Folk East in August. We're very, very lucky to have such support already, and do not take it for granted.

But am I qualified to produce the album? Well, don't just take my word for it. Check out the Testimonials page of my website where you'll see kind words such as this:

"I hold David Booth in the very highest regard as a musician, songwriter, producer and a person. He has been involved in many of East Anglia’s finest music moments and has always done BBC Radio Suffolk proud in everything he’s been involved in. He is very much a musician’s musician. He can turn his hand to so many different genres and projects, whether it’s in the studio or on stage. He is a well respected figure on East Anglia’s thriving music scene and I have no hesitation in recommending his services." (Stephen 'Foz' Foster - BBC Radio Suffolk)

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

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Signed CD

A copy of the album, on CD in high quality eco-friendly card sleeve, complete with lyric booklet, signed by Mat & David.

£5 or more

Simply support the album

Simply support the album by making a pledge without requiring anything in return other than great Karma!

£10 or more

Digital Download of the album

Get the digital album straight into your music machine before the general release.

£12 or more

CD of the album

Standard copy of the album, on CD in high quality eco-friendly card sleeve, complete with lyric booklet.

£30 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Booth/Bayfield Back Catalogue Bundle

A perfect six-album parcel of joy, in time for Christmas, to keep you entertained through the dark winter evenings! Five albums from David's solo & band back-catalogue plus a bonus one from Mat's Broadside Boys days, all signed, sent to you with a hand-written thank-you note.

£30 or more

8 of 30 claimed

"Above & Beyond" named thank you

As well as receiving a signed copy of the album on CD, your name will appear in a special "Above & Beyond The Call Of Duty - thank you!" section in the CD sleeve

£40 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Hand-written lyric sheet

Unique, mounted, hand-written lyric sheet. Only one will be available for each song on the album.

£50 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Sit in on a mixing session

The 'mixing' is where the magic happens and the raw recorded parts come together to start to sound like a proper 'record'. Join Bayfield Booth in David's studio near Framlingham, Suffolk for an evening mixing session (late Feb/early March dates tbc), tea & biscuits provided! As well as this you'll receive a signed copy of the album on CD and your name will appear in a special "Above & Beyond The Call Of Duty - thank you!" section in the CD sleeve

£100 or more

4 of 10 claimed

Be part of the recording and appear on the album!

When we play live, we love to get the crowd singing along with one of our songs. So, we're going to do it for the album too! No singing skills required, just lots of enthusiasm and the ability to get to David's studio near Framlingham in Suffolk. As well as this, you'll receive a signed copy of the album on CD and your name will appear in a special "Above & Beyond The Call Of Duty - thank you!" section in the CD sleeve.

£100 or more

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Video of Mat & David singing a song of your choice

Have a special song in your life? Would you like Mat & David to do a a video of a live, acoustic version of it? Perhaps a slightly daft song that you just can't imagine us doing? Go on! Try us! As well as this, you'll receive a signed copy of the album on CD and your name will appear in a special "Above & Beyond The Call Of Duty - thank you!" section in the CD sleeve.

£300 or more

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Your own recording with added Bayfield Booth

Do you write songs, sing or play a bit? This is a very special afternoon recording session just for you. A four-hour session in David's studio (http://www.therecordingbooth.co.uk) with him engineering, producing & playing if necessary and Mat sitting in the traditional producer chair providing the over-all creative view, and perhaps a backing vocal or two! Afternoon tea will also be provided!

£400 or more

2 of 4 claimed

Acoustic gig in your house* (in East Anglia)

Mat, David and Mat's wife Kelly will come to your house (or chosen venue*) within roughly 100 miles of Framlingham in Suffolk and play an acoustic gig (at least an hour, but probably more!). *PLEASE NOTE: venue must be fully accessible for Mat's motorised wheelchair. As well as this, you'll receive a signed copy of the album on CD and your name will appear in a special "Above & Beyond The Call Of Duty - thank you!" section in the CD sleeve.

£600 or more

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Acoustic gig in your house* (England & Wales)

Mat, David and Mat's wife Kelly will come to your house (or chosen venue*) anywhere in England or Wales and play an acoustic gig (at least an hour, but probably more!). *PLEASE NOTE: venue must be fully accessible for Mat's motorised wheelchair. As well as this, you'll receive a signed copy of the album on CD and your name will appear in a special "Above & Beyond The Call Of Duty - thank you!" section in the CD sleeve.

£1,000 or more

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Acoustic gig in your house* (UK)

Mat, David and Mat's wife Kelly will come to your house (or chosen venue*) anywhere in the UK and play an acoustic gig (at least an hour, but probably more!). *PLEASE NOTE: venue and travel (e.g. boat!) must be fully accessible for Mat's motorised wheelchair. As well as this, you'll receive a signed copy of the album on CD and your name will appear in a special "Above & Beyond The Call Of Duty - thank you!" section in the CD sleeve.


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