Scottish band raise funds with the help from fans to take their music on the road
Red Pine Timber Co. promote live music with help from the public
A Scottish band has raised over £10,000 from a Kickstarter campaign to produce their second album and take their music on the road.
Red Pine Timber Co., a collection of eight musicians from Perth, have been performing Celtic Americana music since they formed in 2009.
The group raised the money with help from Kickstarter backers, who donated to subsidise the promotion of a newly recorded album and organise a six-week, 12-date tour.
Lead singer Katie Whittaker said: “We’re looking to book theatres around Scotland, down to the borders, and all the way up to the Shetlands.”
She added: “We are initially looking at 200 capacity venues and then we want to do more, so hopefully we’ll make a name based on word of mouth.”
“Scotland is where we’ve made our name,” guitarist and lead singer Gavin Munroe said. “When it comes to selling music and booking shows, you need to connect with the fans directly.”
The band’s campaign is a response to the decline in available revenue for live touring and album production in Scotland.
Crowdfunding has become a fundamental tool for many bands and artists who do not have sufficient funds, as there are now fewer record companies offering record deals and tour advances.
Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland, said: “It’s encouraging to see musicians successfully using crowdfunding campaigns to get their recording and touring projects off the ground. Several funding routes that were available in the past have been harder to access – that might be anything from an advance from a record company to selling recordings and merchandise to fans.”
He continued: “Trusts and foundations have seen their interest rates drop because of the fall in the pound, and so they don’t have as much money to distribute. Creative Scotland has seen a rise in the quantity of music applications at the same time as the National Lottery funding available for us to distribute as gone down – this is the money available from our Open Project Fund.”
Digitalisation of music is cited as one of the primary reasons why artists struggle to make discernable profit from their records.
Despite this, the purchase of vinyl records has also experienced eight consecutive years of growth, despite facing extinction in 2006. Vinyl even overtook digital sales during the Christmas period of 2016.
Munroe said: “I’ve been in the industry since 45[rpm] vinyl singles. There was no other way to consume music, other than taping Top of the Pops. Now everything is digital.”
He adds: “But what hasn’t changed is live music. People listening and engaging with live music will never change.”
Red Pine Timber Co. took advantage of the live music culture in Scotland, which is one of the Scottish music industry’s strongest assets.
Music tourism also accounts for £280 million per year in Scotland.
Jesse Harte, a University of Aberdeen music graduate, who is now studying music performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, said: “I think we have an inherent link with live music. I don’t know anyone who prefers sitting and listening to a CD over experiencing it live.
“Even if it’s the same song, or it’s something you’ve listened to hundreds of times, a live performance is never the same.”
He continued: “The relationship between performer and audience is as natural as human conversation, but you can convey so much more in a live musical performance than you can in a recording.”
Support Red Pine Timber Co.’s Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/redpinetimberco/a-new-album-from-red-pine-timber-co?ref=user_menu