Best Kids’ Permaculture Album Ever
The story of the project
Shambhala Festival, Canada, 2013 (Photo: Patrick Latter)
After releasing two albums ( Permaculture: A Rhymer’s Manual (2013) and Radish Beets(2015)), we’ve decided that the people who most need to learn about this stuff are KIDS! Therefore, we’ve decided to gear a brand new bunch of electroswing/funk ukulele tunes around getting ideas about growing good food, good vibes and good fun across to children (and adults too!)
“Grow Do It” pilot tour, Mt Surprise, QLD, 2015 (Photo: Daniel Stronggrove)
With song titles like “Grow Do It”, “Break It Down (Compost Song)”, “Free Range” and “Kimchi!” we’re hoping to make a lighthearted, inspiring album aligned with the permaculture ethics of “Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share” combining practical nuts ‘n bolts advice with deeper ideological lessons such as seeing oneself as a part of the whole.
We road-tested the new songs recently on a tour to schools in outback Queensland where the kids (and teachers) LOVED it! Ultimately, this is something we’d love to get out to schools, as there is a huge movement toward school gardening and sustainability education for kids at the moment and this could potentially become an awesome teaching tool if combined with the current curriculum.
Woodford Folk Festival, 2014 (Photo: Richard Watson)
Don’t get us wrong, this will be no feeble ‘plinky-plonky’ children’s album! We’ve teed up with some of the finest musicians and producers we know to make sure that it’s some of the best music your kids have ever heard!
Featuring on the album will be: Michael Barker (John Butler Trio, Split Enz) on drums, Mal Webb (Oxo Cubans & legend in his own lunchbox!) on horns & bass, Kylie Morrigan (Orchestra Victoria) on violin and quirktastic electronic production from Spoonbill, as well as a cornucopia of guest musicians, clowns and funambulists!
All we need now are a few sheckles to get the ball rolling. It won’t take much to get the album recorded and mixed, but any extra we can raise will go towards marketing (let’s get permaculture to kids all over the world!) and some super-fun-happytime animated video clips.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Love, Charlie & Formidable Vegetable Sound System.
How the funds will be used
BARE BONES ALBUM RECORDING:
Studio time & musician fees: $3000
Mixing & mastering: $2000
Artwork & design: $400
CD manufacturing: $2000
EXTRA FUN (if we raise more funds):
Epic marketing & publicity campaign: $5000+
Animated music video production: $5000+
World tour: Anything beyond that!