Category Archives: My Music Agency

Artists

Here’s a list of all my current artists. You can find a run-down (words, music, video) at my web page. Vin Garbutt (UK) Zulu Tradition (South Africa) Ritchie Parrish Ritchie (Canada) Cloudstreet (Australia) Dan McKinnon (Canada) Union Jill (UK) Eileen … Continue reading

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Dan McKinnon on tour in November

I have the lovely Dan McKinnon on tour from Canada in November 2012. Dates booking now. What a fantastic voice that man has got! Good songs and great guitar, too. A real troubador. One man, one guitar, one backpack, one … Continue reading

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Starting the year with a bang

It’s a really busy time for the agency in January, talking to village hall touring schemes for the coming year and a half, finalising gigs for the autumn and starting to book gigs in 2013 for artists like Vin Garbutt … Continue reading

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Certificate of Sponsorship (Work Permit) Panics

This is an edited version of an older post with slightly updated details. It is still very relevant in 2017. What is it with all the last minute panics for work permits/Certificates of Sponsorship? In the past month I’ve had … Continue reading

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Last Chance to See…

The lovely Isambarde will soon be retiring from the road. Chris, Emily and Jude are calling it a day at the end of September 2011, so if you get chance to see them over the summer or catch one of … Continue reading

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For one night only…

Artisan is coming out of retirement (for one night only) to take part in a benefit night for Norma Waterson at the Square Chapel, Halifax on Wed 18 May. Acts appearing include Steve Tilston, Martin Simpson, Heretique, Demon Barbers, Ryburns, … Continue reading

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What The !*&$! is a Percentage Deal and How Does it Work?

It’s called ‘A guarantee against a box office split.’ You want to book an artist to play at your venue – let’s call him Lawrence of Arabia, Laurie A for short – and you ask me what his fee is. … Continue reading

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Agentophobia

Why are some organisers scared of agents? When I was a performer I used to play at Mr. X’s folk club regularly. I even stayed in his house after the gigs. We got on just fine. Once I became an … Continue reading

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What an Agent Does

You are a musician, just starting out, and you think that it would be great to have an agent to get you some gigs. An agent knows the business, after all. An agent has more contacts. An agent will solve … Continue reading

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Archive 4: Work Permit System Changes

From 7th march 2009 – as originally blogged on myspace As an agent and tour manager for musicians coming in from the USA, Canada and Australia I have to (amongst other things) secure work permits, so that my guys are … Continue reading

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