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Published March 17th 2015
Lots of attractive Rewards on offer for supporters...certainly worth checking out!
Two of South Australia's finest and internationally known musicians, Chris Finnen and Jay Hoad have embarked on an exciting campaign seeking public support with their Pozible Crowdfunding Caimpaign to raise $12,000 so they can finish producing their latest album, Off the Cuff.
Jay & Chris Reunion at The Groove Garden. Photo courtesy of Samra Teague.
For the Record:
Chris Finnen, one of Australia's most innovative guitarists is often referred to as a 'guitarist's guitarist', was inducted into the South Australian Music Hall in 1995, and the Blues Hall of Fame in New York, USA, in August 2013.
In 2005 Chris performed for the Dalai Lama and was a guest of the International Expo in Nagoya, Japan. He has performed on stage with some of the world's greatest guitarists and performers including, Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley, Eric Burdon, Roy Buchanan, Jimmy Witherspoon, Keb Mo, Bob Brozman, Johnny Copeland, The Holmes Brothers, and the list continues...
Jay Hoad is well know Internationally for his high-energy exotic sounds of blues, rock, reggae, island, Latin and Celtic music, whether playing solo or with other musicians. Over the last eight years Jay has toured the world performing his music in the Caribbean, South East Asia, India, Fiji, the United States and Australia and has been inspired by their music and cultures while touring. His performances create a host of exotic sounds from his assortment of guitars, didgeridoo, dulcimer, percussion and lap steel guitar.
Jay performing at Victor Harbor. Photo: Haydn Radford
Another side to Jay's music is his synchronised live instrumental Earth's Music, performed during relaxation and exercise yoga movements conducted entirely in conjunction with yoga teacher, Pamela Gibson, or Yoga Pam, as she is better known. Jay creates and performs on acoustic guitar, Weissenbom lap Steel Guitar, Dulcimer, Dulsitar, Didgeridoos and Percussion.
Jay's music has wide appeal. Photo: Haydn Radford
In 2011, while playing a lot of shows with his band around New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington DC Jay was honoured with the opportunity to support Bob Marley's "The Wailers" on the East Coast. This tour led to an invitation to perform before 20,000 people at the Saarang World Cultural Festival in India.
Jay Hoad & Chris Finnen Photo courtesy of Samra Teague.
Jay said, "John Edwards, a good friend of Chris's from his days in Darwin during the 80's, held a party at Goolwa to bring Chris and I and a couple of other musicians together. Chris and I hit it off on the night and we jammed together, and that is where the idea of us recording together, and "Off the Cuff" came into being.'
Later, in May 2014, John organised the memorable reunion performance when Chris and Jay performed at The Groove Garden at McLaren Vale. It was a sell-out show. During that gig they announced they would be recording a new album. There was immediate interest expressed by the crowd.
During a recent interview Jay said, "Spontaneity gives that creative edge to this album as we purposely didn't let each other hear the others songs before we got into the studio. All my selections are new songs. We were constantly surprising each other as we were going along."
Only 2 songs Chris has recorded before. The song Feelings, which features a monumental guitar solo. Chris wrote the song in 1978. It has not been recorded on an album before. Back in 1972 Chris recorded it with Matt Taylor, who liked the tune, but wrote his own words to it."
Chris said, "My Southern Town was recorded before as an acoustic piece on the album Living on the Fleurieu, which featured 21 songwriters of the Fleurieu Peninsula./I] I revamped the song for this album. It is about the Fleurieu area, which is a favourite place for me."
Off the Cuff has 15 tracks which are are now in the final stages of recording and production. It is due for release in June 2015.
Chris at the Fleurieu Folk Festival.Photo courtesy of Reg Bettesworth
What Rewards are available?
There are various Rewards available. They include the opportunity to win a signed Hubcap Guitar, made by Craig Koen of Port Lincoln Guitars, valued at $500. Various other Rewards include House Concerts, Recording Sessions and Special Musician Rewards with Chris and Jay, as well as DVD and CD packages...the list goes on. Further Reward details below.
How can you support Chris and Jay's Pozible Crowdfunding Campaign:
Donate $10 or more just because you want to help make this album happen. Anyone who donates any reward to this campaign will be included in the draw to win the Hubcap Guitar, (valued at $500) pictured. The guitar will be signed by Chris and Jay with a personal note to the winner, which will no doubt make it play even better!
By either pre-ordering a new album Off the Cuff or a Rewards Package through the Pozible Campaign, you actively support Chris and Jay in producing their album. This campaign is a really cool concept, as it also offers supporters the opportunity to select a reward they wish to donate to, which in turn includes them in the draw to win the signed Hupcap Guitar valued at $500.
Chris blowin' Up a Storm. Photo: Haydn Radford
The various reward Packages include:
A$25: Reward - The New CD Off the Cuff
The new CD Off the Cuff will be autographed by Chris and Jay (shipping outside Australia extra).
A$45: Reward - The New CD Off the Cuff and T-Shirt
Includes the new CD autographed by Chris and Jay, also includes a Jay Hood T-Shirt (Shipping outside Australia extra).
A$55: Reward - FINNEN DVD/CD PACK
Includes Chris Finnen's guitar tutorial DVD. Also includes the new CD autographed by Chris and Jay with a personal note and a Jay Hoad T-shirt (Shipping outside Australia extra).
A$75: Reward - MIX AND MATCH HOAD PACK
Choose any 2 of Jay's previous albums Warmth in the White, Stories for the Soul, Home is Where the Heart is, and Earth Music for Yoga, Massage and Healing. This pack also includes a Jay Hoad T-Shirt as well as a copy of the new album Off the Cuff autographed by Chris and Jay. (Shipping outside Australia extra).
A $100: Reward THE HOAD ALBUM/MERCH PACK
Includes Jay's 5 albums Warmth in the White, Stories for the Soul, Home is Where the Heart is, and Earth Music for Yoga, Massage and Healing. This pack also includes a Jay Hoad T-Shirt as well as a copy of the new album Off the Cuff autographed by Chris and Jay. (Shipping outside Australia extra).
A$130: Reward SKYPE LESSON PACK -
One hour private lesson with Jay on didgeridoo, bass, guitar or song writing VIA SKYPE ...no matter where in the world you may be! Also includes the new CD Off the Cuff autographed by Chris and Jay with a personal note and a T-shirt (Shipping outside Australia extra).
A$200 - Reward LESSON WITH CHRIS OR JAY
- FACE TO FACE FOR A ONE HOUR PRIVATE LESSON.
The lesson can be on didgeridoo, bass, guitar, slide guitar, dulcimer, dulsitar, cigar box guitar etc. or song writing IN PERSON (Must be in SA for Chris, must be in Aust. or Fiji for Jay and coincide with one of Jay's tours in that area).
Also includes new CD Off the Cuff autographed by Chris and Jay with a personal note.
A$300: Reward - SESSION MUSICIAN PACKAGE
Choose either Chris or Jay on instrument of your choice on one of your tracks. (Didgeridoo, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Resonator Guitar, Slide Guitar, Guitar, Voice, Dulcimer, Dulsitar, etc.) All you need to do is send through the track, and Chris or Jay will do what they do best, then send the track right back to you with their parts added (recorded from their personal studio and sent it to you digitally).
Also includes the new CD Off the Cuff autographed by Chris and Jay with a personal note.
Jay & Chris Reunion at The Groove Garden. Photo: Haydn Radford
Here is a wonderful opportunity to initiate an active role in helping two South Australian, independent musicians, Chris Finnen and Jay Hoad bring their album, Off the Cuff into being, and be in the draw to win a Reward.
Remember: Everyone who donates to any reward in this campaign will go into the draw to win the signed Hubcap Guitar. (Hubcap Guitar Valued at $500)
Latest tour schedule of Jay's live performances
Fri 6pm Mar 20th Leapfrogs at 5 Drovers Place Wanneroo
Why? Rare opportunity to actively support two internationally known South Aussie musicians with producing their new album 'Off the Cuff' and you have the opportunity to win a signed Hubcap Guitar, made by Craig Koen of Port Lincoln Guitars, valued at $500