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A Little History
Liturgical Folk is a new work of the Anglican Mission in America, reimagining the hymnal for a new generation of ecumenical worship. We seek to fill out the musical landscape of the church with new songs and old sounds rooted in the holy tradition and rising up from the ground of local communities. Our idea from the beginning was to inject our vision into the church by releasing six volumes of music in three years, providing a diverse and unique catalog of beautiful new songs, and seeing if perhaps the vision sticks.
Liturgical Folk, Vols. 1 & 2—Table Settings and Edenland—were both released on February 1, 2017. We released Vols. 3 & 4—Crumbs and Lent—on November 1, 2018 and February 1, 2019, respectively. We are hoping to release Vols. 5 & 6—Advent and Psalms—on November 1, 2019 and February 1, 2020, respectively. But recording music requires money, so we have broken the project down into three phases of fundraising.
Phase I, which began in the summer of 2016, included a successful grassroots fundraising campaign, the recording and release of Vols. 1 & 2, and three mini-tours. With the financial help of over seventy-five contributors we raised $31,333! Through touring, social media, and a year and a half of organic word-spread, tens of thousands of folks around the nation and the world were introduced to Liturgical Folk.
Phase II began in the spring of 2018. We raised $56,585, this time through nearly one hundred donors, recorded and released Vols. 3 & 4, and went on two more mini-tours. Our songs have now reached the ears of hundreds of thousands of people, and hundreds of churches are using our songs in worship.
With the passing of our co-founder Fr. Nelson Koscheski on March 17, 2019, it is time for us, in his honor, to launch the third and final phase of our Liturgical Folk music project.
Phase III begins now, spring of 2019, with one final fundraising campaign. We are planning to record our last two volumes of music this summer, once again with producer Isaac Wardell.
Vol. 5 will be called Advent and will consist of 8-10 new songs and hymns by Fr. Nelson Koscheski, Ryan Flanigan, and four other co-writers: Marty Reardon, Sean Aaron Carter, Jennie Lee Riddle, and Caroline Cobb. Since we have quite a bit of momentum behind us after releasing Lent in winter 2019, we think it is important for us to follow it up immediately with Advent this fall 2019. With your help, we will release Advent on November 1, 2019.
Vol. 6 will be a Psalms EP. This final* volume will be our most stripped down album yet, consisting of 7-8 verbatim Psalm-settings, in a similar spirit to Table Settings and Crumbs. We hope to release Vol. 6 on February 1, 2020, completing our goal to put out six albums in three years.
The cost of Vols. 1 & 2 was about $40,000.
The cost of Vols. 3 & 4 was about $50,000.
The cost of Vols. 5 & 6 will be about $40,000.
* Although Volume 6 will be the last album of our three-year-long Liturgical Folk “music project,” we have every intention to continue making music in the “category” of liturgical folk, as well as aggregate other songwriters and artists who self-identify as liturgical folk artists. We can think of the future of Liturgical Folk as an ongoing Volume 7.
How You Can Help...
Like Phases I & II, the church is the primary place to seek help funding Phase III. Investing in the ministry of Liturgical Folk is a patron’s opportunity to help the church recover its credible artistic witness to God’s beautiful presence in the world. (click here to donate)
The financial goal for Phase III is to raise $50,000.
$40,000 will cover the cost of recording and releasing Vols. 5 & 6.
$10,000 will be used for touring and other Phase III-related expenses.
We also have a deficit of $18,000 that is slowly diminishing through album sales, but it would be wonderful if we could retire that debt through your generosity. We are praying specifically for:
3 donations in the $10,000’s
15 donations in the $1,000’s
50 donations in the $100’s
200 donations in the $10’s
All donations made through the Anglican Mission are tax deductible. We will keep you updated on the progress as the funds come in. (click here to donate)
To find out more about Liturgical Folk, or to hand deliver a check, email Ryan Flanigan. Ryan is available for coffee meetings and lunches and would love to share more of the vision.
Those who catch the vision of Liturgical Folk will be convinced this project is a worthwhile investment with powerful Kingdom potential.
Donate With A Check
The Anglican Mission has set up a TAX DEDUCTIBLE fund. You can make a donation online, or make a check out to “AMiA” with “Liturgical Folk” in the memo line. Mail to AMiA: 2733 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219. All contributors will receive pre-release copies, and donations exceeding $10K will receive a private house show, if desired.