Brìghde Chaimbeul and Ross Ainslie launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign for their new recording project this week. Within only two days of the February 9 start date, it has already achieved over £5000 of their £10,000 target.

The link to the project is here

Brìghde Chaimbeul, Ross Ainslie and Steven Byrnes

The recording is focusing on double C Smallpipes with backing from Steven Byrnes on bouzouki and guitar. The album will have a lot of music from around the world that is not conventionally played on the Scottish Smallpipes, along with some self-penned compositions.  

The project will begin in April of this year and will be recorded in Bannview Studios in the north of Ireland. The albums are estimated to ship and be available for download in September 2022.

The breakdown of the recording costs show just how important is for musicians to receive financial backing to release an album.

Recording Studio (4 days) – £1000
Recording Engineer (4 days) – £1000
Musician Fee (4 days) – £1000
Mixing Studio (3 days) – £750
Mixing Engineer (3 days) – £750
Mastering – £600
Travel and Subsistence – £400
CD Design and Pressing – £2000
Filming – £2000

You can support the project with a £10 donation which will give you a ‘perk’ of a digital download. But if you have deep pockets and £2000 to spare you can have Brìghde and Ross visit you to play a house concert. Now wouldn’t that be awesome!

Other Ross Ainslie products are available from The National Piping Center Shop here