"Arborea's brand of folk music is ethereal, bone-chilling, and beautiful all at once!" - Performing Songwriter Magazine
"Husband and wife team, Buck and Shanti Curran, construct a fragile, resonant world with a lingering Americana after-taste, shimmering with the same wide-open spaces Ry Cooder’s captured so well on Paris, Texas." - BBC
"Singer/banjo player Shanti Curran has an ethereal, frequently otherworldly voice that reminds of Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval, but with considerably more gravitas and soul" - Lucid Culture
"Maine folk duo Arborea creates timeless music" - Dirty Linen Magazine
"Shanti and Buck Curran get it right, with memorable songs that linger in the ether long after the last track ends." - NPR
"A Magical Mystery Tour" - Boston Globe
...Each year we've had a little more success...becoming more independent along the way, leading us to our current project. We've
spent the past year writing and recording, and now we are working hard to finish up the record, but we need help so we're reaching out to fans to help make this the most successful and creative release possible!
We are asking you to help raise money so that we can complete the final stages of producing and promoting the record...and that includes mastering, manufacturing the cd (and if we raise enough over our goal
we'd love to press vinyl), and promotion. Even a $1 to $5 dollar pledge would make a huge difference and helping us achieve our goal.
The next important part of our project is the Best part...hitting the road and bringing the music to you guys! Shanti and I love sharing
the intimate part of making the music come alive through performance and
we are committed to traveling in America, Ireland, the UK, and Europe
(Canada, Japan and Australia too...but we'll need extra pledge funds to
help us all get there).
We hope to make a special video to document our journey. All of this takes an incredible amount of hard work and resources!
We are also the parents of two great kids who are home-schooled, so they'll be traveling with us on tour and that will also be a major part
of their lessons (think Road-schooling!). We traveled with them across
the U.S. last spring and it was a wonderful experience as a family.
We've set our goal to the bare minimum of $8,000, but we can certainly use as much help as possible beyond that...because mastering,
printing, and promoting a cd can be expensive enough, add to that all
the funds needed to help us survive on the road (motels, food, fuel, oil
changes, etc) and it can add up to well over $10,000!
For those of you not familiar with Kickstarter, here's how it works:
We've set a minimum goal of $8,000, and you can pledge any amount you'd like! In return for your contribution, you'll get great rewards
like an advance signed copy of the cds, concert tickets, a tour dvd,
your name in the liner notes of our CD, or in some cases a special
performance just for you (the rewards are listed to your right). The
catch with Kickstarter is it's an all or nothing project...so unless we
raise At Least $8,000 by the project deadline...the project won't happen
and all our hard work over the past year will not see fruition.
Thanks in advance for all your support and faith in our music, film, and art!
Note: The film used for our project page is one of Shanti's creations (with some filming done by me). We hope to get a better video
camera to make ever better films! (It was shot with a small Sony
Also, the song is from our third record 'House of Sticks' and is called 'In the Tall Grass'