103% Funded


Target: €6000


€6,216 Raised


115 Funders

John Blek & the Rats- "Borders"

By John Blek


Hello and welcome to the John Blek & the Rats' Fund it page!!

Before we tell you about our project here is a little about ourselves.


John Blek & the Rats is a six piece band based in Cork, Ireland. The band consists of John Blek (vocals/guitar), Anna Mitchell (vocals/piano), Robbie Barron (guitar), Brian Hassett (bass guitar), Cian Heffernan (Drums), David Murphy (pedal steel)

We released our debut album back in may of 2013 to much critical acclaim including amongst others a 4 star Irish Times review. We have for the last 2 years toured this album extensively through out Ireland, UK and Europe.


We are now nearing the end of the recording of our second full length album which will be entitled "Borders". It is a collection of songs that we are incredibly proud of. A real step forward in songwriting and sonic structure and something that we hope you will all enjoy.

But we need your help to finish the process. We are looking for funding of €6,000 to pay for recording, mixing, mastering and duplication. We have come up with a number of rewards for you to choose from including CD and vinyl copies of the album, house concerts and even personalised videos..

Have a look through the page and see if there are any rewards to you might like. Thank you in advance for your generosity and we look forward to seeing you all at the shows on our new album tour later this year.


John, Anna, Dave, Robbie, Cian, Hassey

“There are lots of reference points here, not least the ghost of Townes Van Zandt, the Felice Brothers and Willie Nelson. But equally it all sounds refreshingly local. And though the 12 tracks on the band’s impressive debut are new, they exude a warm sense of familiarity.”

“from the winding charm of ‘Take Me Home’ to the raucous shuffle of ‘Hand On My Heart’, it’s Americana fed folk rock at it’s best. The Rebel County’s answer to Ryan Adams and his Cardinals”



Thanks for your help! Here is what's happening next.

Just a final word of thanks to you all for contributing to our Borders Fund:it campaign. All the rewards have gone out and we hope you're enjoying them. We're really happy with how it turned out and it is in no small way because of your help! Next up I will be releasing a solo album entitled "Cut The Light" in September of this year. I will also be running a Fund:it for this release to help cover some of the costs. I hope you will join me in getting this next project off the ground. Thank you all! John

John Blek & the Rats video update


funders (115)

There are 107 public funders of this project

There are 8 anonymous funders of this project