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A Giant Falls – Vin Garbutt RIP

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Vin Garbutt passed away on the morning of 6th June. He was 69. Sincere condolences to his wife, Pat, and to their children, their children’s partners, and all … Continue reading

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Busy Time of Year for Folk Agents

The first couple of months of any year are busy for the agency because once the calendar tips over into a new year, far sighted folk club organisers and venue bookers start to open their diaries for the following year … Continue reading

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UK Certificates of Sponsorship: Fast-Track Processing Charge

As you already know if you follow this blog, I process Tier 5 UK Certificates of Sponsorship (the equivalent of electronic work permits) for performers coming to sing, play dance or act in the UK from outside the EU. (I … Continue reading

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Notes to Artists

To all artists: With sometimes ten or more artists a week knocking on my door, you can bet that I only take on the best… and then only VERY rarely. I won’t say my books are closed (I’ve tried saying … Continue reading

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All About Being a Folk Music Booking Agent in the UK

Before opening the music agency I  toured as one third of vocal trio Artisan from 1985 to 2005 plus the 2010 and 2015 reunion tours; also as one fifth of the Brian Bedford Band through to the summer of 2006. … Continue reading

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The Salts and Lee Collinson

I don’t take on new artists very often (hardly ever, in fact) so it’s a measure of how impressive they are that I’ve taken on shantypunk band, The Salts. Check them out at http://www.jacey-bedford.com/salts.html And I’ve also added Lee Collinson … Continue reading

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Jacey’s Music Business Help Files

It’s not because I know it all – (blimey, I wish I did!) – it’s because I didn’t know anywhere near as much as I do now when I started in this business and I figure if people understand a … Continue reading

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London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra join the agency

I’m delighted to announce that the London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra is joining the agency roster. They aren’t skiffle and they’re not an orchestra, but they are philharmonic (look it up) and they are from London, so two out of four … Continue reading

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How to Win Friends and Influence People

I know that agents are not well liked in some circles, but why would someone who wants a favour start an email like this? I’ll start out by stating that I hate agents. So out-of-place in the folk world. Taking … Continue reading

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Selling Folk

Reblogged from Folk21 Originally posted on September 4, 2014 “Performers should do more promotion,” I hear venue and club bookers cry. “Venues should do better promotion,” I hear performers grumble. Some artists think it’s enough to have a Facebook page. … Continue reading

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