Celtic Celebration and CD Release Recap!

Day 2 at the Waterfront stage!

Day 2 at the Waterfront stage!

The Rats would like to thank Chris Brinn and Maine Celtic Celebration for all the support over the past 3 years, Matt Murphy, Denis Lawrence, and WERU for plugging us all week, and you, our fans, for giving us the best CD release event we could have hoped for!

Things got off to a hairy start on Saturday night with epic and periodic downpours.  We camped out under the tent and hoped for the best.  Lo and behold the rain stopped when we got on stage and we played a solid set and sold a bunch of CDs for our opening day!

The real gem, however, was Sunday afternoon’s performance down in the Waterfront Tent.  We were blessed with great weather and a great crowd of old and new friends.  We hit the stage and played our faces off (but didn’t break the stage…) and had a blast!  Thank you to everyone who came and spoke with us then and in the days afterward, we couldn’t do it without your support.  All said and done, we sold 110 CDs in 2 days and we couldn’t be happier.  Thank you for helping our CD release kick off with a fury!  For those of you who were unable to to make to Belfast, you can pick up our album at Bull Moose Stores or online at CDBaby/iTunes.

Next up is our final performance for the summer: 8/5 at 7pm we will perform at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor as part of Schoodic Arts for All.  This is a gorgeous concert hall, so come on down and catch us there!

Once again, we can’t thank you all enough for all the support.  The next thing we would ask of you is that you share our music with everyone you know!  We want to put together a tour for next summer and you need to tell us where we should be!  Shoot us a message on Facebook/Email (thegalleyrats@gmail.com) and tell us who to talk to, where to send a disc, whatever you can send us will be helpful!

See you on the road!

Colin, Pat, Drew, Josh

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Happy Album Release Day!

Good morning Galley Rats fans HAPPY ALBUM RELEASE DAY!

After a year of hard work, the album is now available for sale!  Thank you again for all the support along the way.  The Album will be available tonight at the Maine Celtic Celebration main stage starting a 8pm and again tomorrow at 3:40pm!  Can’t make it to Maine Celtic Celebration?  The album is currently available online at CDBaby and is available at the following Bull Moose stores: Bangor, Brunswick, Scarborough, Sanford, and Portsmouth.  Check out our artist page here!

Kickstarter supporters, we are signing the CDs today and we will have them in the mail first thing on monday morning!

Over the next few weeks the Rats album will start showing up on digital distribution services including iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, iHeartRadio, even XBOX Music!  We will post and let you know as these services become available.

Thanks again for all the support, see you soon!

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The Rats

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Radio Shenanigans!

Well Maine Celtic Celebration Weekend is upon us at last!  The party begins today, check out www.mainecelticcelebration.com for the event schedule!

The Galley Rats started the weekend off with an exciting appearance at the WERU-FM studio in East Orland this morning.  Armed with cheap coffee, Pat and Colin arrived at the studio at 8am and sat down with DJ Denis Lawrence to talk about the history of the Galley Rats, our musical influences, and even played a few songs from the upcoming album.  It was a great honor to be in the studio and on air with the good folks from WERU and the Rats especially appreciate the station for playing tracks from our album all week as the featured artist.  We will return to WERU on August 8th at 4pm for a live show on the Wicked Good Music Hour, hope you tune in again.

Tomorrow is the big day!  We hit the main stage at 8:05pm and will perform our entire album live (along with a few other fan favorites) before the fireworks.  At the close of the performance the new album will be available for sale!  The album will retail for $10 and we will be able to take credit/debit cards and well as cash on site.

As per usual the Rats would like to thank all of our Kickstarter supporters, family, friends, Chris Brinn and the Maine Celtic Celebration staff, Matt Murphy, Denis Lawrence and the WERU crew, and all fans of local arts for helping us get to this point.  Here’s to a new chapter for the Galley Rats!

See you tomorrow!

Colin, Pat, Drew, Josh

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If you see a Galley Rat today…

Thank him. Because of them the Red Sox have won 4 games in a row for the first time in 2015. Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but…World Series? Yeah, World Series. Galley Rats debut album….Sox winning streak….. hmmmm.

We’ll revisit this (guaranteed) potential World Series prediction….next winter squall.

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Album release date!

We are excited to announce that our album will be released on July 18th while we are on stage at the Maine Celtic Celebration!  It will be available through several retail options as well as all of our shows!

Lots of good stuff happening here, keep checking back!

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Finally an update!

Hey folks!  We’ve been posting on our Facebook page and Kickstarter page but realized we made a totally rookie mistake by missing this page!

Here is the latest from the Rats:

1.  We’ve had a line-up change.  Caleb Sweet left the band to work on some other projects (including the sweet new album from Chris Ross!) and we welcome the addition of Josh King to our line-up.  Josh is an extremely talented upright bass player from the Brunswick area.

2.  Rats – studio We’ve been in the studio and have almost everything done.  We’ve got a few tweaks to make and some work on the full package but things are rapidly drawing to a close.  What we can tell you about the album so far is that it consists of 10 tracks, all original and traditional material, and that many of the tracks have not been performed live.  We are incredibly excited to share this new music with you!

3.  This might be the most important update: We are currently starting to contact media outlets regarding our upcoming release.  We would love to have as many places as possible carrying news of our new album.  We would welcome any input you have as far as folks to contact!

That’s the latest!  Stay tuned as our release date announcement is coming soon!

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Kickstarter campaign!  We finished very strong with a little extra!  We will keep you posted right here about album developments as we get them.

We thank you so much for your support through this project and we hope you’ll be thrilled with the final product!

The Galley Rats – Colin, Pat, Drew, and Caleb

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