Irish language band Seo Linn have achieved their goal of raising €50,000 from Kickstarter inside their 30 days target.
Seo Linn are made up of six musicians, who met at Lurgan College in Northern Ireland. They made themselves famous last year with their version of Aviici’s Wake Me Up, with the lyrics translated into Irish. The video was viewed nearly five million times on YouTube and earnt them a spot on The Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy.
Following their success, the ambitious band wanted to record an album so that they could showcase the Irish language to music lovers around the world.
They turned to the online crowdfunding platform, and reached their target of €50,000 in no time thanks to pledges from Irish language lovers.
They posted on their Facebook page:
“6 buachaillí breá sásta tar éis an tionscadail cheoil Kickstarter is mó riamh in Éirinn a bhaint amach ar maidin. Ní féidir linn tíocht ar na focail chun ár mbuíochas a chur in iúl. Go raibh míle míle maith agaibh uilig. Éacht mór don Ghaeilge
“6 happy lads after securing the largest funded music project on kickstarter.ie since its launch last September. We can’t put into words our gratitude. Thank you so so much everyone who supported us. A big achievement for the Irish Language.”
The band now have their hands full to fulfil all the rewards they promised for pledges. They include various thanks from personalised tweets and letters up to performing and recording a song of the pledger’s choice.
Seo Linn will now record their album and hope to go on tour across America to showcase the Irish language.
They also have plans to set up a company that runs workshops for young people in Ireland, teaching them about all the different aspects of producing music.
Here is the YouTube video of Seo Linn performing Wake Me Up, in case you haven’t seen it yet.