BIG NEET IN : THE ALBUM - The Limited Edition CD Pre-Order
ESTIMATED DATE OF ARRIVAL:
The minute it is all done, I'll be posting them out.
HAVE WE MADE ENOUGH TO DO THIS PROJECT YET?:
This isn't a typical Doonicans' crowd-funder because instead of getting help to fund the production of the album, you'll be simply pre-ordering your copy. If you don't pre-order, you won't get one as they will be a limited edition and made to order. The cut-off date for pre-orders is Sat 15th August 2020
WHAT'S THE STORY BEHIND THIS THEN?:
Since Sat 21st March, when lockdown began, I started streaming a regular Saturday night YouTube show, in the absence of being able to do what I do for a living: being a daft bugger in a tank-top. Little did I (and my long-suffering better half, Amanda), know at the time, that it would last 20 weeks and beyond. In that time we have only had one weekend off... and that was because after show #2, I thought that the whole livestream thing would become quickly saturated by everyone with an acoustic guitar and a camera phone... which it quickly did. However I realised that my need to perform and my need for a bit of sanity was greater than my desire to just reject a trend. (Plus, I had embraced live internet shows as early as 2013, but now technology was on our side).
So instead, Amanda and I took it as a challenge... to finally get the chance to use all the transferable skills acquired from the years that we taught in primary school. To not only make the regular show happen every Saturday for the duration of lockdown, at 8pm, but to make it a show that people would want to return to. I suppose that I consciously opted to not just be a guy with an acoustic guitar and a camera phone (not that there was anything wrong with that... many of my incredibly talented musician friends have entertained the troops and made lockdown almost bearable with their considerable talents!). But I just wanted it to be something that hasn't been seen in modern times, probably even since the heyday of the Val Doonican Music Show... something that was a current-day variety show, complete with daft songs, puppets, a weekly quiz, collaborations with other musicians and the occasional poignant moment. We even won an award from the fans of the show.
Over the duration of "The year that never was", we didn't just 'go live' at 8pm once a week, we opted instead to concoct a veritable melting pot of live solo performance from myself with pre-recorded footage of the band, duets and Amanda's inimitable puppet cast, including Morris the alien quizmaster, Gloria McGlumpher the Big Neet In roving reporter, old TV favourites Sooty and Emu and a bunch of other fabric-based lifeforms. It has consumed so much of our time that we rarely had chance to sit back and worry about the horridness going on in the background, and more so because we had been surrounded by a network of amazing, supportive people, who seemed to welcome something that somehow became a 'new normal'. We could never have anticipated it working, but that small but perfectly formed core of people took it to their hearts, and for that I will be eternally grateful.
Many of my other musician friends did 'Lockdown Merch': t-shirts, mugs, face-masks and other such things. I didn't want that reminder staring back at me at a gig in the future... a reminder that I lost a year of doing what I love doing... performing to an audience. However, in many respects I didn't stop performing to an audience - they way in which I did it just changed. And so this is what I have to show for 20 weeks of hanging around in my music room with my soul-mate and a bunch of puppets. It's not much, but it is a document of a very strange period in the history of the Doonicans.
This album will only be given a limited CD run which will be available ONLY on pre-order. If you don't pre-order, you will miss out as I don't want a shed-full of them. It will be available shortly after on Bandcamp if you prefer it digitally. If you buy a copy, you join a small group of people who don't need a t-shirt to say... "I was there" because you always were.
Peace, love and good health to you all
Fri 31st July 2020
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CD IS AVAILABLE FOR POSTAGE IN THE UK ONLY VIA THIS LINK. FOR EUROPE AND BEYOND, PLEASE CONTACT US FOR EXTRA SHIPPING PRICE INFORMATION.