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The Moose Texas Stravaig

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Right then! I'm planning letting The Moose  Loose Stateside again!! We can't do it without your help!!! 

This Fall we are planning going from Findhorn to Frisco!

We start at The Findhorn Bay Arts Festival in Scotland 26 27 28 29 30 Sept where we have a Mini-Moose Mobile Show-case stage during Forres Culture Day Sep 29 with Charlie Roth and friends and the following weekend Ruth and Jo join us with The Merican Medicine Show Radio Moose Mobile from Calgary for David Starr's Cedaredge Apple Fest in Colorado where The Merican Moose will be a show - case stage Oct 5 6, then we are booked for Cresta's Twenty Two Eleven Club San Francisco on Sunday  14 October with the wndrfl Jeff Jolly. (more Bay gigs to follow) 

This trip  we are being joined by artists from Colorado, California, New Mexico, Canada, Texas, Israel, England/Ireland and Scotland along the way, more info on who and where as we go. The Moose is doing what we set out to do together and we've done what we've done on $3000 (true story) we are (Unlike Alec) still short of our goal £10000. The Moose Needs some vital repairs and fuel and I figure has one more road trip in it then we have plans for it for local Stravaigs around Austin and Nashville perhaps. 10k would get us a better van and allow us to continue finding house concerts, festivals, radio shows and v venues open to hosting International Independently minded music Stateside (and here in Europe)

As you will know we are travelling as tourists and are completely reliant on subscribers at Patreon and donation here from our friends family fold and fans. ON the last trip with all your help we managed to get The Merican Moose and travel from Calgary to New Orleans and back making many many new friends as we went (thank you). This time we attempt to do the West Coast and "Moose Down To Mexico"

So if you would like to join us in person and or virtually please do consider making a donation and join the story online at www.medicineshowontheroad.co.uk  for another great Medicine Show Musical Adventure "Findhorn Bay To San Francisco Bay" .

If you would like to be a Patron and contribute to the vision and on a monthly basis join us and a growing number who do at.
https://www.patreon.com/moosemobile 

Thanks everyone, the game is afoot and the adventure continues.
Wish me luck.
Rob Ellen

Here's the back ground story.

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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We made it to Texas folks and The Medicine Show Radio Moose Mobile now has broadcast from 3 Festivals, one conference and just about one gig every night since I got here and broadcast as many Moose Sessions with a plethora of great independently minded artists.

We have connected with and help support all of those and many many community venues and house concert hosts and covered 2 CD launches, even appeared in a parade (True Story).

+ bucket list 101 we did an outside broadcast from the America's most iconic venue Lunkenbach Texas only just yesterday with legendary cowboy author songster Mike Blakely, now all posted and gathering phenomenal attention at www.medicineshowontheroad.co.uk .

Thank you one and all, I am daily very aware this work would never have happened without your input and support.

The Moose is as I'm sure your aware entirely funded for and by the public and independently minded musicians and music for independently minded musicians, thanks for your continued help fuelling the Moose. Please do consider re-share and re contributing to this appeal IE for the cost of a pint of beer we can buy nearly two gallons of gas here.

If you would like to become a full time patron please visit.
https://www.patreon.com/moosemobile

Again thanks for instigating and being on this great adventure with us thanks to my road partners Joanne Dora, Ruth Purves Smith and home base co-ordination from Libby Koch, Chuck Hawthorne & Letha Mignon and all our many many hosts across this crazy, wacky, friendly, hospitable land.

Next we Moose down to Mexico, after we continue to lift the lid off of the Austin area and south Texas for you this month.
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Thank you Brian Langlinais (and all) your donation just tripped us over the £3k mark and really help repair, prepare and float the Moose ready for our Findhorn Bay to San Francisco Bay Stravaig, we now stand at £3,017 of £10,000 goal, as I've stated before we are a long way short of being comfortable in this venture but I'm willing to just keep going as long as we are able with what we have. As long as folks are into it and as long as its helping the independently minded music we all love. Thanks for your continued support all the shares and donations, we will be joining The Merican Moose in Denver this time next week (creek willing) Follow the moose at www.medicineshowontheroad.co.uk

Gratefully yours.
Rob Ellen
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Right then! I'm planning letting The Moose  Loose Stateside again!! We can't do it without your help!!! 

This Fall we are planning going from Findhorn to Frisco!

We start at The Findhorn Bay Arts Festival in Scotland 26 27 28 29 30 Sept where we have a Mini-Moose Mobile Show-case stage during Forres Culture Day Sep 29 with Charlie Roth and friends and the following weekend Ruth and Jo join us with The Merican Medicine Show Radio Moose Mobile from Calgary for David Starr's Cedaredge Apple Fest in Colorado where The Merican Moose will be a show - case stage Oct 5 6, then we are booked for Cresta's Twenty Two Eleven Club San Francisco on Sunday  14 October with the wndrfl Jeff Jolly. (more Bay gigs to follow) 

This trip  we are being joined by artists from Colorado, California, New Mexico, Canada, Texas, Israel, England/Ireland and Scotland along the way, more info on who and where as we go. The Moose is doing what we set out to do together and we've done what we've done on $3000 (true story) we are (Unlike Alec) still short of our goal £10000. The Moose Needs some vital repairs and fuel and I figure has one more road trip in it then we have plans for it for local Stravaigs around Austin and Nashville perhaps. 10k would get us a better van and allow us to continue finding house concerts, festivals, radio shows and v venues open to hosting International Independently minded music Stateside (and here in Europe)

As you will know we are travelling as tourists and are completely reliant on subscribers at Patreon and donation here from our friends family fold and fans. ON the last trip with all your help we managed to get The Merican Moose and travel from Calgary to New Orleans and back making many many new friends as we went (thank you). This time we attempt to do the West Coast and "Moose Down To Mexico"

So if you would like to join us in person and or virtually please do consider making a donation and join the story online at www.medicineshowontheroad.co.uk for another great Medicine Show Musical Adventure "Findhorn Bay To San Francisco Bay" .

If you would like to be a Patron and contribute to the vision and on a monthly basis join us and a growing number who do at.
https://www.patreon.com/moosemobile

Thanks everyone, the game is afoot and the adventure continues.
Wish me luck.
Rob Ellen
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Thought for the day! If all my face book friends who follow the Moose put $2 a month to become a Patron can you imaging what we could achieve (I can?)

Here is the May June Mooseing report!
Me and The Min-Moose are currently in The Low Countries, The Merican Moose is in dry dock waiting to receive TLC (when funds become available) after our 14,000 mile Stateside Stravaig.

Meanwhile here in The Low Countries we have formed a firm friendship with Jolanda Haanskof of JoJo concerts - live4fun who has connected us with local Dee Jays and listening room promoters and is looking after Chuck Hawthorn & Libby Koch in October here, thanks to Jolanda we now have 3 great Moose Mobile sessions in the can with Rachel Reese and Jesse LaFave, Zak Perry and Catherine Stroud all on tour here and working out of Texas and are recording another with Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer tonight, I did a local radio show and have met Musicians here all of whom know of the Moose, our travels and have treated me like family thanks you all.

Next its back to The UK to hook up with David Starr on brother Mark Country Councillor Show on Tuesday May 22 on Davids House Concert Hub supported UK tour.

after that I have to prepare for our biggest ever UK Stravaig with Carrington MacDuffie from "Lewes (Surrey England) to Lewis" (Outer Hebrides Scotland). Carrington can trace her roots back to The MacDuffies of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland so we are gonna go and find them, with the help of some radio folks, 2 festivals, house concerts and other Moose Mobile Friends along the way, here is the link
http://flyinshoes.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-medicine-show-radio-moose-mobile-hits-the-road-with-carringto

This summer we will be stravaiging around the Highlands working on a really cool idea for 2019 (news coming soon) before on to Belladrum Festival in August and talk of Findhorn Arts Bay Arts Festival again in September before plans to return Stateside for David Starr's Cedaredge Apple Festival in Colorado in the fall and forming thoughts of a West Coast Stateside Stravaig after that. I'm thinking "Findhorn Bay to San Francisco Bay" has a certain ring to it, watch this space.

Gratefully as ever, none of this would be possible without you folks patronage and who knows if it will be possible without it probably not my only means of support is the patronage of the Artists who this whole system is set up to support we all so need your help.

So If you would like to re-donate to the cause and all the ensuing expenses of keeping both Moose on the road, please do here, again a share mean more folks come and take part in the adventure, so please do share again, I've attached the "Lewes To Lewis" poster still a couple of dates available so if you fancy a house concert or a Moose Visit to your show or one near by you we can maybe shuffle that in.

Always great to see folks who are directly supporting our endeavours here at the shows, we again have had Dutch and Belgium friends from here come to see us on the road through the low countries. The Medicine Show Moose Mobile global village is expanding and we are together making a bigger difference for the Music and the independently minded musicians out here that we love (I sincerely believe that or would not be doing it).

Thanks again for the contributions, if you would like "more" to directly support The Moose, The House Concert Hub, Fyinshoes Review and the Radio Shows which are all free for the support of the music and funded entirely by us, please consider being one of the growing band of Parteons at
https://www.patreon.com/moosemobile

If everyone here threw in $2 a month it would secure the future of all these endeavours for the foreseeable, and if all my face book friends followed suit (I wish) then can you imagine what we could achieve together (I can!)
Onward! Watch this space, there is a Moose Loose and were all involved.
Undertaking our biggest UK Stravaig yet
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