Rachel and Ruth - a debut duo album!

by Rachel Hair and Ruth Keggin in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 19th April 2021 we successfully raised £11,931 with 212 supporters in 28 days

We're recording our debut duo album and need your support to help us access additional Creative Scotland funding to make it all possible!

by Rachel Hair and Ruth Keggin in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We'll use the extra funds to help pay for PR for the album AND record some super videos by the fantastic Manx-but-living-in-Scotland videographer Samuel Hurt .

// IF WE REACH THIS 3rd MILESTONE Creative Scotland will award us a further £2500 in funding taking our FINAL TOTAL TO £10,000 - WOW!


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HELLO - FAILT ERRIU!


We’re Rachel and Ruth, a Scottish harpist and Manx Gaelic Singer who are excited to be planning our debut duo album. 

We’ve both enjoyed varied careers performing and teaching throughout the world, and started working together several years ago. 

"A superb Highland Harper" BBC Radio 2

Rachel is based in Glasgow, Scotland, and for the last eight years has been making monthly visits to the Isle of Man to teach harp. As a result she has become a “honourable Manxie”, has discovered a real passion for the islands music, and is regularly seen contributing to the islands culture.

"Ruth Keggin has, to put it simply, a voice that one could never tire of hearing" fRoots

Ruth hails from the Isle of Man and is a Manx Gaelic speaker, singer and instrumentalist. Alongside her strong love for Manx language, music and culture, she has a strong connection to Scotland through family links, prior musical projects, and growing up listening to inspirational Gaelic singers!

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A few years ago we started working on some duo material, and have had it on our to-do lists to get some studio time and record an album, but our diaries never quite matched up. 

Then 2020 (and, now, 2021) struck! With a gap of gigs, tours and trips in our diaries, we’ve funnily enough managed to find time in our schedules to record! 


We’re thankful to have received some funding from the Isle of Man Arts Council towards our budget, though with empty diaries comes emptier bank accounts, and we’ve still a fair way of the go to meet our budget to make the album happen. So that’s where this Crowdfunder comes in…


// THE FUNDING 

We’re delighted and grateful to be one of 20 creative projects who’ve been selected to launch a Crowdfunder in collaboration with Creative Scotland. We’re sure you’ve experienced a Crowdfunder before: in return for lending us your financial support we’ve offered some rewards in return (check these out on this page!). 

The Crowdfunder / Creative Scotland has an added very generous aspect though - the chance to be awarded an additional £2500 of funding - wow!

//MILESTONE TARGETS

#1 £1000 - Once we reach £1000 a further £1000 will be added to our total by Creative Scotland - FEER VIE! VERY GOOD!

#2 £3500 - if we reach this target, they’ll award us another £1500, taking our total to £5000!! - YINDYSSAGH! WONDERFUL!


// TRAA DY LIOOAR NO MORE!

Time is of the essence! The caveat with this funding is that it’s essentially a competition. Only the first £1000 match funding is guaranteed: once that is reached, it’s first come first served for the other targets until the Creative Scotland funding runs out. There’s not a lot of this and with 19 other projects, it’ll go fast!

We really want to be in with a chance of being awarded more funding, so please help us, as soon as you can AND INCREASE THE CHANCE OF YOUR PLEDGE DOUBLING IN VALUE thanks to this joint Creative Scotland & Crowdfunder funding initiative. 

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// THE MUSIC - KIAULL

We're so excited about this album! The songs, predominantly in the Manx language, will be a blend of traditional, well-known repertoire, and contemporary compositions by Manx writers. 

Tune sets will celebrate the connection between Scotland and the Isle of Man, and represent the mutual passion and respect that Rachel and Ruth have for each other’s nations and cultures.


// THE BUDGET - CLAARE ARGIDOIL

Albums are costly: although it’s now reasonably cheap for most folk to access music, the costs of producing music are higher than ever. 

It would mean SO much for us to have your financial support to help reach our budget to create our duo album. Together with our funds from the Isle of Man Arts Council, funds raised will help cover:

  • Studio hire and engineer costs on Isle of Man 
  • Mixing and mastering costs in Scotland
  • Photography & artwork in Scotland and Isle of Man
  • Physical CD production in the EU 
  • Travel of Rachel to Isle of Man for recording, and Ruth to Scotland for mixing/mastering 


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// BUT BORDERS?

We realise that there are a certain number of physical barriers right now which mean that we can’t work together in person at present. We’ve been working remotely on the material for the album - zoom calls, sending audio files back and forth, and it’s been going really well. 

We hope to be able to record together in August, and have fall back dates if this is not possible, but we’ll keep you updated on our journey together! 


We need your help now - the sooner you support us, the more likely it is that we will receive extra funding from Creative Scotland.

 

So check out the rewards now to see what we'll gift you in return.


Rachel & Ruth


SONG ON VIDEO: Mish as y Keayn by Annie Kissack, performed by Rachel and Ruth

PHOTO & VIDEO CREDITS : Mark Falconer, William John Davidson, Mark Wild, Samuel Hurt, Ali Shand, Ste Murray

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

EARLY ALBUM (signed!)// Outside of UK&IoM delivery

Want to hear the album before everyone else? Pledge a generous £18 and we'll send you a SIGNED CD ALBUM + email you a digital download 1 MONTH before it's scheduled release! // PLEASE NOTE this is for delivery in the EU & rest of world (*UK&IoM DELIVERY BELOW!)

£5 or more

GURA MIE AYD!

Every little helps, with this (and all rewards) we'll send you a track from the album to say GURA MIE AYD (thanks)!

£8 or more

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Support us with £8 or more and we'll send you a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD on it's scheduled release!

£12 or more

ALBUM // UK & IoM delivery

We'll send you the finished CD ALBUM + email you a digital download on it's scheduled release // PLEASE NOTE this is for UK & IoM delivery - check below for outside of UK!

£14 or more

ALBUM // outside of UK/Iom delivery

We'll send you the finished CD ALBUM + email you a digital download on it's scheduled release // PLEASE NOTE this is for outside of UK/IoM delivery

£18 or more

EARLY ALBUM (signed!) // UK & IoM delivery

Want to hear the album before everyone else? Pledge a generous £18 and we'll send you a SIGNED CD ALBUM + email you a digital download 1 MONTH before it's scheduled release! // PLEASE NOTE this is for UK & IoM delivery - check top of page for EU and rest of world delivery!

£22 or more

SWEET TOOTH - EARLY ALBUM! // UK & IoM delivery

Did you know Rachel is an expert Scottish tablet maker? This sweet treat is a Scottish speciality and we'll send you a slab of the stuff + we'll send you a SIGNED CD ALBUM + email you a digital download 1 MONTH before it's scheduled release! (UK & IoM ONLY... sorry, blame customs!)

£50 or more

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LEARN WITH US!

A 1 hour lesson of Rachel of Ruths time... A harp lesson with Rachel //OR// Learn some Manx songs from Ruth + we'll send you a SIGNED CD ALBUM + email you a digital download 1 MONTH before it's scheduled release!

£50 or more

7 of 10 claimed

BEAUTIFUL MANX!

Lyrics of your favourite song from the album, written out specially for you in beautiful CALLIGRAPHY by Ruth (choose which song after you've received your album) + we'll send you a SIGNED CD ALBUM + email you a digital download 1 MONTH before it's scheduled release!

£80 or more

7 of 10 claimed

A tune for you!

Rachel will write you a tune! She'll record it on a soundfile for you, write it out for you and email you a copy of it. + we'll send you a SIGNED CD ALBUM + email you a digital download 1 MONTH before it's scheduled release!

£300 or more

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PERSONAL CONCERT // Zoom or in person

We'll perform for a 1 HOUR CONCERT featuring our duo material, some sweet solos and of course our chat! + we'll send you a SIGNED CD ALBUM + email you a digital download 1 MONTH before it's scheduled release! // IN PERSON on Isle of Man // ON ZOOM outside Isle of Man

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