So – only 10 days left to pledge, and we only need to raise £400… so if my maths are correct if 5 people each day pledge £8 (for which you will receive the album once its completed) then we will have enough money to record!

Please click here and help us over this last hurdle.

If this is the first you’re reading about the album you can find out more here.

The album will feature BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominee Katriona Gilmore on fiddle and mandolin, hammond-organ and piano extraordinaire John Ellis, the Incredible Washboard Pete II and Geth Griffiths who has played alongside the likes of James Morrison and Kathryn Jenkins. Also involved will be legendary producer Bill Leader who has worked with the Dubliners, Mike Harding, Ewan MacColl and many more.

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Apparently me and my family live below the poverty line. So when you hear stats about x amount living in poverty… that’s us! We own a house, car, enjoy meals with friends, a holiday, dvds… but apparently we still live in poverty.

Don’t worry – this isn’t leading up to the launch of an appeal to ‘save the tinker children’. In fact I think these stats say a lot more about materialism and what our society thinks are basic living standards and rights than it does true poverty.

Sure, we don’t have two cars, we don’t watch tv, eat out much or go to the cinema. But I don’t feel like this is poverty. I hope that’s in part to God gradually teaching me the secret of contentment – Jesus. He is enough – and by that I mean he is everything I need – really enough.

By no means have I fully learned this, but maybe all this talk of poverty is an opportunity to ponder the one who entered poverty so we could be rich.

Oh, and if you really want to help those in poverty, go here.

Prepare for an e-mail, Facebook, twitter and everything else I can access onslaught!

I have now launched by campaign to raise money to record a new album in early 2012.
It’s simple really – you pledge money (£8 min) and you get the download of the album when it’s done, plus a bonus track. There are other goodies on offer too. Click here to find out more.

The album will feature BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominee Katriona Gilmore, the fabulous John Ellis on piano/hammond organ, Geth Griffiths on double bass and, of course, the Incredible Washboard Pete on percussion. The legendary Bill Leader will be producing and the whole thing will be recorded at Lime Field Studios in Manchester.

I’m really excited about this project, and have been waiting a while to lay down some particular tracks, so I’d love it if you could help make this possible.

Thanks for checking it out.

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/michaeljtinker

or www.michaeljtinker.com/album

Quick update on the new club that’s kicking off on Sunday 25th September in Sheffield at the Lounge, Montgomery Road.

Advance tickets are now just £6. Bargain really given the door price is £10…

Ring 01142554363 to book to see BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award finalist Lucy Ward.

Check out samples at http://www.michaeljtinker.com/folkclub

I’m starting a new folk club in Sheffield and its kicking off on Sunday 25th September.

Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month
The Lounge (23 Montgomery Road, S7 1LN)
Shows start at 8pm 

We’ve got a very exciting line-up.

Kicking off will be BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award finalist Lucy Ward.
We’ve also got Ian Stephenson, Luke Hirst and Sarah Smout, Broken Ground, my own trio ‘Tinker’s Three‘ and rounding off before Christmas with the fantastic Ewan McLennan.

Details of all the shows, tickets etc can be found here.

Heyup. Just wanted to let you know about a new song I’ve written… well its an old hymn with a new tune – The Old Rugged Cross. You’ll find a version Elvis did, but mine’s a bit more folky…

http://michaeljtinker.com/2011/09/07/demo-the-old-rugged-cross/

Michael Tinker is a professional musician and part of the Crowded House which is a church planting initiative in Sheffield and around the world. He's a follower of Jesus, Husband, Father, member of a Gospel Community, Musician and avid follower of fashion...

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