The Porchlight Sessions bluegrass film within striking distance of funding target

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The Porchlight Sessions feature-length Bluegrass music documentary directed by Anna Schwaber, has almost reached its crowd-source funding target of $60,000. The team behind the ground-breaking documentary have until the end of April to raise the remaining few thousand dollars from supporters pledging on funding site Kickstarter.

Alison Brown, renowned banjoist and member of The Porchlight Sessions band

Alison Brown, renowned banjoist and member of The Porchlight Sessions band

From the casual picker to the die-hard fanatic, we hope to expose a mainstream audience to Bluegrass in a way that is both entertaining and informative.

The Porchlight Sessions feature-length Bluegrass music documentary directed by Anna Schwaber, has almost reached its crowd-source funding target of $60,000. The team behind the ground-breaking documentary have until the end of April to raise the remaining few thousand dollars from supporters pledging on funding site Kickstarter.

UK-based banjo retailer Banjos Direct, who are associate producers and sponsors of the film are urging Bluegrass fans everywhere to help the film's makers complete their project by pledging support.

Director Anna Shwaber, who has criss-crossed the USA for the past several years making the film, said: "The mission of The Porchlight Sessions is to build a platform for the community voice of Bluegrass in cinema and multimedia. From the casual picker to the die-hard fanatic, we hope to expose a mainstream audience to Bluegrass in a way that is both entertaining and informative."

A huge amount of effort and love has been into the film by Anna and her team, and the movie involves an amazing list of artists including the UK's Mumford & Sons as well as many of the greats of Bluegrass across the generations: from Del McCoury and Pete Rowan, through to Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn and dozens more.

Nearly 400 individuals and organisations have already made pledges to support the film, ranging from $5 up to $5000 and more.

Simon Middleton, founder of Banjos Direct and Associate Producer of The Porchlight Sessions said: "The Porchlight Sessions is a beautiful, exciting and inspiring film. It's been crafted with care like a very fine handmade banjo: and it sounds as good as it looks. The filmmakers, led by Anna Schwaber, are doing something very special for the Bluegrass community as a whole. We really hope players and enthusiasts will help them to meet their funding target in the next few days."

Pledges can be made at the Kickstarter crowd-source funding website from as little as $5. The filmmakers are offering a range of rewards to supporters. Pledges can be made online any time up to 2:56 AM EDT on Tuesday May 1st.

Company information:

Banjos Direct is the UK's fastest-growing specialist banjo retailer, leading the renaissance of interest in the banjo amongst players of every age and background. The Norwich-based company is the UK's leading stockist of USA banjo brands GoldTone and Nechville, and also stocks instruments by Barnes & Mullins, Pilgrim and Tanglewood.

Founder and CEO of Banjos Direct, Simon Middleton, is frontman of English-Americana band The Proposition, whose debut album 'King Snake Devil Shake' was released this year.

Find Banjos Direct at http://www.banjosdirect.co.uk

Email: info(at)banjosdirect(dot)co(dot)uk

Phone: +44 (0) 1603 305800

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