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Jul 22, 2015 3:55 EST

Best Kids’ Permaculture Album Ever: inspiring people to start growing food everywhere and to take better care of the planet

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 22, 2015

Best Kids’ Permaculture Album Ever

The story of the project

Music is by far the raddest way to learn stuff! Our band Formidable Vegetable Sound System has been touring around the world for the past three years singing songs about permaculture (ecological design) at some of the biggest festivals on the planet (Glastonbury, BOOM) in the hope of inspiring people to start growing food everywhere and to take better care of the planet.


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.

 
All going to plan, the album should be finished and out by January, 2016.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Love, Charlie & Formidable Vegetable Sound System.

How the funds will be used

To give you an idea of where your hard-earned shpondoola will be going, here’s a rough estimate of what it’s likely to cost:

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!

Some of my other work

If you’re still wondering what on earth ‘Permaculture Electroswing’ actually is, take a look at this video from the Sydney Morning Herald who thought that Formidable Vegetable Sound System was “So infectious that the most ardent climate sceptic would have trouble staying still” (Peter Vincent).
 

Challenges

Everything seems to be lining up pretty nicely, and we’ve already started demoing a few of the tracks. The only things that could possibly hold up the project for a couple of months would be our upcoming tour to Europe & the UK, which might take a bit of focus away from recording for a while, but don’t worry! We’ll be straight back into it as soon as we get back to Aus!
Contact Information:

Charlie Mgee

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