The Merican Moose (appeal)

£2,967 of £10,000 goal

Raised by 137 people in 3 months
Many will know I live on the road in a internet broadcasting & recording studio converted Camper Van (The Medicine Show Radio Moose Mobile) which supports the House Concert and listening room scene here in Europe and reports back you our supporters  and broadcasts on the road through social media on a daily basis.

Here is my idea! I wish to do the same in America, to that end we need a Merican Moose Mobile. Hope you feel you can support this idea with hard to come by hard cash. Please read on it should benefit us all

For the last 10 years I have been travelling across Europe cultivating and connecting House Concerts and listening room Acoustic venues, seeking out recording and broadcasting new independently minded musicians. My travels have taken me from Scotland (my home) to Ireland, England, Wales, France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Greece & Germany (so far). In that time and on all these journeys I have introduce our Family Fold of mainly American musicians to Radio, Festivals Promoters & Hosts here in Europe. 

My goal now is to do the same for European Artist in The United States of America, where the music we all love grew up. 

To this end we need a Mobile base, an American Medicine Show Radio Moose Mobile! A RV as they are know there.

I say "we" deliberately, as should we achieve it, this will be a group effort and The Merican Moose Mobile will be a Medicine Show Radio community asset, also equipped with a multi camera internet broadcasting & recording studio, with a  PA System and touring instruments to make touring easy, to broadcast the music live back to you and record it for our popular Sunday afternoon Wayward Ellen Boys Sheppey FM Radio Show hosted by Brother Mark Ellen (as is and does The Euro Moose Mobile now) 

Some of the ground work is already in place, Im a regular and well kent face at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City with artists radio presenter, press and promoters and travelled to LA, Kansas City, St Louis, Nashville, Houston Lubbock, Amerilo and Austin including SXSW earlier this year. I organise the European House Concert Hub which greatly aids “again” mostly American Artist tour here but has also connected me with artists House Concerts and Radio Stations across all cities in The US as most of the near 3000 membership are American. 

I wish to go in search of them, and I want to take you on that journey, I NEED YOUR HELP WITH THAT NOW!!

So here’s how you can join me virtually and/or in person.

I figure if we raise £10,000 $13,000 we can buy a comparable vehicle to the Moose and kit it out. 

Here are the advantages of donating.

1 - any donation up to £30 you will receive my gratitude and I will pledge to maintain our friendship on the road, visit you if I can (I'll bring beer) befriend you on social media and answer any questions you may have on touring Europe and the States, the artists, radio stations, press/media, venues, festivals and House concerts we work with, you will be able to discover artists and venues on our travels as I do and I will pledge to generally encourage and help what you are doing as a creative to support your music or that of others as best I can on a daily basis in real time on the road. 

2 Donations above £30 I will paint your name on The Merican Moose and take a spectacular photo of it in place at some American beauty spot or other, tag you in and send it back with my thanks. That way I hope you feel a part of this adventure (if we don’t achieve our goal Ill paint your name on The Euro Moose Mobile and do the same here) but I intend to buy something even if I only get $500 dollars I’ll get something with an engine and go.

3 (Prime package) for £100 or more you will be very welcome to join me on our Looking For America Road Trip in The Medicine Show Radio Merican Moose Mobile at any time we can arrange it, flights now can be had as cheaply as £130 and internal flights are cheap too in The US. IE land in the city The Moose Is and we go together in search for the Music Scene, book your flight out from another city and we go in search of that part of America together and all parts in between for the split cost of some petrol which is 1/4 of the price it is  (depending on availability). 

4 (Commercial package) for £100 or more I will print a logo and display it prominently and distribute any promotional material and free sample you send over at venues and events across the states and talk you and your business up on radio shows, at venues, Conferences and Festivals.

5 last but by no means least in fact most importantly (The Artists Package) 

For £150 (£100 limited Euro House Concert Hub Discount nearly full) I will add one of your tracks to our “Looking For America” Media Compilation (limited number only 12 spots available, 6 discount . book now!!) of which I’ll send 60 to European Media and take 300 to the states for distribution at Folk Alliance, SXSW and as we travel at venues radio stations and house concerts, I will compile a list of folks that will help us travel there, in the future, and at any time you want to join our road trip we will make arraignments to pick you up at the airport and drop you off where you desire while exploring the music scenes of all points in-between (depending on availability but artist hold priority booking). 

The Merican Moose Mobile will be available for discount hire on a very friendly basis when I am here in Europe . It will be your van folks the charge is for wear and tear and upkeep, I have folks there already willing to help with maintenance and sourcing an RV.

Ace publicist Adam Dawson of Broken Jukebox is engaged to help us connect with the media on our travels and will offer any artists from here discount promo rates in any or all states they choose to tour 

If you wish to know more before you commit email me on rob (at) medicinemusic.co.uk 

I will be starting my American adventure again this year at Folk Alliance in Kansas City in February I will use what funds this appeal generates to float the Looking For America Medicine Show Road Trip  if it’s enough to buy a vehicle and put a tank of petrol in it I will and see how far it gets me, I recon £10K will deliver one that will fit for purpose like i have here but I'll go for it with whatever comes in. Im excited (but nervous in equal measure) hope you are to.

Please do give generously thank you in advance. 


Rob Ellen
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The Moose is amazing, you must come see it if you can. Thank you Calgary for the work, the welcome, the farewell and over $200 dollars to fuel the moose at the gig last night, full house in a blizzard wow Good job Ruth! We did KCUC public service radio in The Canadian National Music Center yesterday and they now are following the moose. We've all collected £3000 and I really believe we could not have spent it better www.medicineshowontheroad.co.uk for photos and videos.

We head to America with a full tank today! we estimate we will spend the same again in gass by the time we get the moose to new orliens and back. So we still need your help. If you would like to subscribe and become a Parton www.patreon.com/moosemobile $2 a month from everyone whose follow ing us would keep the moose (both of them) on the road and help fund the broadcast and recording equipment

Please do share again, every time someone shares someone donates and starts following us.

The game is most definitely afoot
Rob Ellen
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In the words of the Rollin Stones,"You Can't Always Get What You Want (you get what you need) !

Less than a week to go now before The Medicine Show Radio Stateside Stravaig and I believe weve got what we need, we have nearly a 3rd of our target, we have The Merican Moose Mobile (HOORAH) I have a flight to Calgary and enough budget to get to the Moose to Folk Alliance in Kansas City, a doyen of the Alberta Folk scene on board in Ruth Purves Smith to entertain folks along the way the music of 20 Euro artists to promote on a CD, with a few of them already considering joining at least a leg of this trip and one joining us in Nashville.
The Game is afoot (thank you)

Here is a rough itinerary www.medicineshowontheroad..co.uk if we are near you we'd like to visit.

Here are the folks who's name will be painted on the Moose with our thanks)

Dee (Fairy) Rush
Ruth Purves Smith
Davy Cowan
Dougie Burns
Tildon Krautz
Robin Adams
Hamish MacDonald
Hope In High Water
Calum Mackenzie Jones
Andy Gunn
Scott Macdonald
Colin Clyne
Bleu Charrette
Emma Mitchell
Rebecca Dunn
Protest Panda
Kelly Mccormick
Mike West
Bill Bloomer
Lisa Redford
Brother Mark Ellen (Sheppey FM 92.2 England)
Sherrene Ryan Wells (SRWorldwide Music Management, Inc.)
Adam Dawson (Broken Jukebox PR)
Daisy Martorano
Kyle MacGregor (Blue Bird Cafe Edinburgh Scotland)
Cigarbox Donald & Carol Jack (The Slim Panatella)
Martin Raitt (Almost Blue Promotions Aberdeen Scotland)
Michael Park (The International Americana Music Show USA)
Paul Thompson (& the Bath University Song Writers Course)
Mark Bates
Carl Solomon
Del Day (Rocket FM England)
Hilary & Stuart Adamson (The Flyin' A’s)
Libby Koch
Chuck Hawthorne
Paul Barrere (Little Feat)
Rob Waller (I See Hawks In LA)
Carrington MacDuffie
Marcin Kufka (Sunset Cafe Sessions Inverness Scotland)
Wm Kent Koefler
Alice Williams
Tink Lloyd (The Grand Slambovians)
Noctambule Music (Logo)
Mick Brady (Logo)
Daniel Boling
Moreno Marchi
Andy Murray
Phil Sakerski (The Moonshiners)
Charlie Roth
Marion McDonald
David Tonberg (Caithness FM Scotland)
Peter Barbour (Palookaville Records)
Jim Welsh (Summerhall Radio Scotland)
Andy Callen (Logo)
Jim Driscoll (Logo)
Les Sinclair
Marian and Tim Henderson
Bill Kirchen (The Titan of the Telecaster)
Brigid Kaelin
Dave Fleming
Stephanie Urbina Jones

Please do consider donating again and if you top up to £30 or become a Moose Patron by sign up at www.patreon.com/moosemobile to any subscription deal, we will add you to this list.
Only with your support and help can we hope to succeed with all our goals and have this great adventure.
Talley Ho!
Rob Ellen
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Well we have our Merican Moose!

Its a near immaculate 1982 Chevy Aristocrat RV with only 60,000 on the clock (its only been used 2 weeks of all its years), it will live in Calgary Canada. It (Moose willing) will be in Montreal for Folk Alliance next year! Ruth Purves Smith and I will attempt to take it to New Orleans and back this month and next, and I'll explore some of Canada and the Alberta Music Scene in the Spring!

Its already gone to a mechanic for a full brakes bearings and rolling stoke check with replacements as to the Canadian licence and has now passed. Today Ruth has organised what she calls a "Raising the Barn Crew" to change all the fluids and hose's (Thank you Calgary Crew).
We have a gig in Calgary, one in Boulder Colorado, and enough funds to get to Folk Alliance in Kansas City with the money so generously donated so far.

So to remind everyone, if you have donated £30 or more you will have your name pained on the Moose,
if you want to top up your donation to £30 I'll add your name and tag you in on all photos of the moose (we'll do that in more southern climbs as soon as its not -20 below) any corporate sponsors we offer your logo for £100.
we are promoting Ruth's music of-course and the music of these European artists (below). With at least one of these folks booked to join the Moose for a leg of the journey (watch this space for who)

So the game is most definitely afoot!
Davy Cowan (Scotland)
Tildon Krautz (France Poland America)
Dougie Burns (Scotland)
Robin Adams (Scotland)
Hope In High Water (England)
Hamish MacDonald (Scotland)
Dave Fleming (Scotland)
Calum Mackenzie Jones (Scotland)
Andy Gunn (Scotland)
Scott MacDonald (Scotland)
Colin Clyne (Scotland)
Bleu Charrette (France England Holland)
Emma Mitchell (Scotland)
Rebecca Dunn (Scotland)
Protest Panda (Italy Scotland)
Grand Cain (Scotland)
Mike West (England)
Lisa Redford (England)
Bill Bloomer (France Thailand USA)
20 .
Pigman (England Ireland)
Thanks you
Rob Ellen
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Happy New year everyone, I hope you all had a great Holiday and wishing you all a prosperous new year.

Thank you so much for your kind donations in 2017, its great to have you all along on this, your support is very much appreciated.

We have one month to go before I depart stateside in search of a Moose (the van and a real one)

We still have so much to do and a long way to go to achieve the goal, 3/4 of the way there. Please do consider sharing again, every time someone does someone else donates and joins the adventure.

This Monday (8th Elvis's birthday) see's the launch of
our "Looking For America Collection" I will be taking the cd with me to promote 14 Euro artists that wish to take me up on the offer of help touring America, that you are helping us all with.

You can download it now first as a thank you .

I thought you might like this tangible and audible connection with the folks you are directly helping.

Please do share this and tell your friends it is free (pay what you like) and that all funds will go to the Medicine Show Radio Merican Moose Mobile appeal In aid of these artists and many more.
Again thanks folks.
Rob Ellen
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