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Keep the Medicine Show On The Road

£3,082 of £10,000 goal

Raised by 143 people in 15 months
Its now a year since we source the Merican Moose Mobile (hoorah), paid for it and made it road worth by your kind donation, Very fare to say we got a good un (lucky us).

The Moose has now travelled 30,000 mile and visited 24 states of the union, 4 Canadian provinces and The Navajo Nation, visited and filmed countless Community Festivals, Venues, House Concerts, Radio Shows, National monument and iconic musical heritage sights and collected an impressive catalogue of sessions, concerts and interviews with Independent Artist at every turn of the way .

The concept does work and the Magic that the moose follows and is part of is intoxicating, the Moose is a state of mind and is becoming a movement (Moosement even) We want to keep it going.

The go fund me appeal has stalled short of the £10k we are shooting for, however I always said we would do this thing with the resources we get and take it for as long as we could. So in that spirit with the knowledge we have garnered this year, we are changing tact slightly.

We need less money but we need it more regularly. We very nearly got washed up empty a couple of times along this last trail. So please consider being a Patron of the Medicine Show! IE Help me help the music we love! by chipping in as little as $2 a month, 250 folks doing that will keep the wheels of the medicine show turning IE The House Concert Hub, Flyinshoes Review, Riding Point Radio Show as well and The Euro & The Merican Moose Mobiles, its important that these funds come in soon as both vehicles are in need of maintenance and we have a full 2019 scheduled coming together https://patreon.com/moosemobile

This should be achievable as some of the videos we shoot receive thousands of views now and we are picking up many many return followers every time the Moose Lands somewhere else .

Please view the appeal video attached, also we have posted many more independent artist interviews and sessions on the Moose pages at www.medicineshowontheroad.co.uk

Please do feel free to check those out and share share share. Thanks happy 2019 every one. Your fraternally in music.

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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Its now a year since we source the Merican Moose Mobile (hoorah), paid for it and made it road worth by your kind donation, Very fare to say we got a good un (lucky us).

The Moose has now travelled 30,000 mile and visited 24 states of the union, 4 Canadian provinces and The Navajo Nation, visited and filmed countless Community Festivals, Venues, House Concerts, Radio Shows, National monument and iconic musical heritage sights and collected an impressive catalogue of sessions, concerts and interviews with Independent Artist at every turn of the way .

The concept does work and the Magic that the moose follows and is part of is intoxicating, the Moose is a state of mind and is becoming a movement (Moosement even) We want to keep it going.

The go fund me appeal has stalled short of the £10k we were shooting for, however I always said we would do this thing with the resources we get and take it for as long as we could. So in that spirit with the knowledge we have garnered this year, we are changing tact slightly.

We need less money but we need it more regularly. We very nearly got washed up empty a couple of times along this last trail.

So please consider being a Patron of the Medicine Show! IE Help me help the music we love! by chipping in as little as $2 a month, 250 folks doing that will keep the wheels of the medicine show turning IE The House Concert Hub, Flyinshoes Review, Riding Point Radio Show as well and The Euro & The Merican Moose Mobiles, its important that these funds come in soon as both vehicles are in need of maintenance and we have a full 2019 scheduled coming together

https://patreon.com/moosemobile

This should be achievable as some of the videos we shoot receive thousands of views now and we are picking up many many return followers every time the Moose Lands somewhere else .

Please view the appeal video attached, also we have posted many more independent artist interviews and sessions on the Moose pages at www.medicineshowontheroad.co.uk

Please do feel free to check those out and share share share.
Thanks happy 2019 every one.
Your fraternally in music.
Rob Ellen
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Tomorrow we continue our Texas Stravaig with Alberta Folk Music doyen Ruth Purves Smith and Texas songster Jim Wyly on board The Medicine Show Radio Moose Mobile.

We have had our troubles recently, we had a burned out two alternator and a near collision which resulted in a beautifully performed braking avoiding manoeuvre (good driving Jo) that cost us a $200 tire, so with garage fees parts and gas its been and expensive December thus far. We thank Chuck Hawthorne and his ever ready (and willing) tool kit, Robert Skolaski and Jim Wyly for their diligence and skill on the electrics (fingers crossed we don't blow an other alternator).

However coffers are now perilously low (true story) so if you were thinking on what to get the Moose and crew for Christmas, as Ruth says, "nothing says I love you like hard cash" (love that girls directness :-) )

Thanks for joining and supporting us for these stravaigs, all the cool feed back, the likes and shares and of course your donations without which it could now happen, we really do feel we are out here growing and maintaining something way bigger than the sum of its parts and everyone of us are the sum of those amazing and magical parts all together.

This weekend we invite you to visit beautiful Frederickburg, Wimberly, Houson and Elgin (the Texas one) on this leg. We will be broadcasting on TABC Radio also broadcasting concerts and Moose sessions with Stephanie Urbina Jones, Douglas Greer, ShAnnie, Jeff Plankenhorn, Jon Hogan, Ron Rost, Brian J Kalinec, Chuck Hawthorne and Terry Klein on Face book. follow the Merican Moose at www.medicineshowontheroad.co.uk (texas we love you)

The Moose is entirely funded for independent music by your donations, and by independently minded musicians and their music, please help fuel the Moose here. www.gofundme.com/mericanmoosemobile
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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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