The Phonograph Project

is creating traditional Irish music videos and tutorials

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Official Patron
$3
per month
  • Early access to our monthly videos
  • A download of the audio track from the monthly video
  • The ability to request tunes before weekly live streams
Includes Discord benefits
Time Machine
$7
per month
  • Everything from previous tiers, plus:
  • A digital download of our album, The Glory Reel, upon signing up
  • Bonus Time Machine Video: A monthly bonus video where we cover a set of tunes from (gasp) a different year!
  • Access to all past Time Machine videos
Includes Discord benefits
Musical Tutorials
$15
per month
  • Everything from previous tiers, plus:
  • A tutorial on the tunes from our monthly video including: transcriptions of tunes, slow recordings of tunes, and information about the tunes, history, our learning process, and more!
  • Access to all past tutorials
Includes Discord benefits

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patrons

$416

per month

About

Welcome to the Phonograph Project! We are Caitlin Finley (fiddle) and Will Woodson (flute, uilleann pipes), a traditional Irish duo currently residing in the Boston area. We first met in 2013 at a session in Manhattan. We spent the next few years playing a ton of music together, which eventually led to us recording an album, The Glory Reel, which was released in 2019.

We’ve always been particularly drawn to Irish music recorded in the United States in the 1920s and 30s. Over the past few years, our musical practice has largely consisted of listening to and learning tunes from 78 rpm records of Michael Coleman, John McKenna, James Morrison, Tom Ennis, Paddy Killoran, Patsy Touhey, Hugh Gillespie, and many others. We love this music.

This year, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the dawn of our favorite era of Irish music. The legendary fiddler Michael Coleman recorded his first two 78 sides in 1920, and within a couple of years the burgeoning recording industry was teeming with some of the finest Irish musicians in history. We are going to document our study of this musical era in the form of videos and tutorials. Each month, we will pick a 78 that was recorded exactly 100 years ago (or as close as we can get). We’ll study the tunes and the style of the musician(s), record a video of us playing the tunes, and create a tutorial that teaches the tunes and captures the setting, style, and spirit of the music as we’ve interpreted it.

You can find out more about the motivation for the Phonograph Project and the benefits associated with each tier here. We hope you’ll join us in learning from some of the greatest recordings to emerge from the golden age of traditional Irish music.


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Goals
$416.40 of $500 per month
This will help us start to recoup money from the regular session gigs we have lost due to Covid-19. If we reach this goal, we'll make a bonus video!
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