Fish in a Birdcage Album Number 3

$1,145 of $9,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 27 months
Hi there,My name is Dustan Townsend AKA Fish in a Birdcage.

I am raising funds in hopes to support my latest album. I have material I would love to share with you all without the means to do so. Please feel free to check out my previous material at-  - My two previous album are available on the site . I work exclusively as a musician and constantly practice my craft. I would be humbled and honoured to continue working towards achieving my dream. Thank you for visiting this page and I look forward to keeping you all updated on the future. 

Here is a review of my last album-

Fish In A Bird Cage- Through The Tides

The Victoria, BC based Dustan Townsend is the musical virtuoso behind Fish in a Bird Cage. Townsend is a remarkably talented singer songwriter, cellist and guitarist. His music is complex interwoven musical tapestry rich in concept and skill. He is strikingly connected to the cello, as if the instrument is an extension of his body. His skill and control of the cello is refreshing and transcending, he has discovered the endless possibilities with the often-misunderstood instrument. His lyrics are sharp, tender, earnest and authentic. He takes the right amount of poetic license and never sacrifices depth.
Townsend’s second album was recently released and is packed with inventive aptitude that shatters the state of modern music. It is wise beyond it’s years in musical ability yet young at heart with it’s playful and heartwarming lyrics. Each song takes you to a new place then chivalrously walks you back home. Townsend’s voice is haunting and wide in range; it’s the perfect foundation to his music. The moving nature of the cello is particularly powerful on the album; Townsend brings each string to life every time he caresses it with the carbon fiber on his well-versed bow. A well-selected arrangement of other artists are featured on the album such as the mesmerizing violinist Hannah Epperson, the heart wrenchingly strong singer Calista Switzer and musical mastermind-fiddle prodigy Mack Shields (Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, Baker Shields).
Every song on Through The Tides is strong, gracefully weaving the violin with cello, providing a landscape of songwriting prowess and evoking a range of profound
emotion. The second track “Angel Tango” showcases Townsend’s unique command of the cello and ability to distinguish a detailed theme with his songwriting that in this particular song is sinister and charming. The track “Roots” pays homage to early Postal Service and features the strong production that derives from Vancouver based Monarch Studios. The intensely lingering “My Dream My Addiction” sounds as if you are right beside Dustan in his studio as he is singing this heart aching ballad straight from the basement of his soul. The album breaks any stereotypes of the classical cello sound and takes the instrument to unknown territory yet does to seamlessly. This phenomenon is similar to Joanna Newsom’s relationship with the harp. The music is purely inviting, it’s easy to get lost in the album and find something new to love about it every single time. This is one of those unusual albums that somehow provide the complete soundtrack for life’s beautiful, miserable and content events. The album is a flawlessly assembled exhibition of this young man’s true and rare talent, he is definitely one to watch.]

The 9000$ is needed to  record album number three. I've started a new journey on an instrument called the MandoCello and its taking me to places I never thought I would go. In the past all projects have been self funded. But now that I'm building a tour bus for my band all of the money I make goes towards renovations.  (it now has hardwood floors, A wood burning stove, a Kitchen, and 4 bed bunks are currently being custom built. Everything is expensive with the bus.)

I need help financially to make these dreams a reality, and If you like the music I'm creating with my beautiful musician friends then please support us! 

-Dustan Townsend
Aka Fish in a Birdcage
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Sharing stories from real people allows us to look outside of our individual experience and grow from hearing a new prospective.

I want to encapsulate the honesty, authenticity and humility of those around me and interpret their essence within lyrics and melodies.

I believe the power of human connection is needed now more then ever before in the
history of our planet.

I believe that connection can be found through music.

-Dustan Townsend Aka Fish in a Birdcage
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We are 4% of the way there to having this new album a reality. Thank you to everyone who has donated I truly appreciate the support. This is a preview of one of the new songs that will be professionally recorded on the third Fish in a Birdcage album!
preview - a new song from the 3rd album
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Winnie Cooper
26 months ago

Go Dusty! ~~~~~~

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$1,145 of $9,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 27 months
Created September 10, 2016
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Lisa O’Neill
7 months ago

In honour of my sister, who succumbed to cancer last year and I was told that your fish in a birdcage was the last song she played on her cello. She adored your music. (And so do I).

Andrea Lane
9 months ago

Thank you for a wonderful music on the ferry ride to Victoria this evening. Greatly enjoyed it.

Heather McNeill
9 months ago

You have a very special gift! Keep it up!

Tara Main
12 months ago

Wish it could be more.... keep doing what you are doing. You have an incredible gift.

Michael Binkley
13 months ago

Thanks for the CD, Dusty. Great music!

Luke Davison
18 months ago

Dustan! You rock brother, thanks for the CD!

Julie Gentry
18 months ago

Good luck!

Winnie Cooper
26 months ago

Go Dusty! ~~~~~~

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