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A Guide to Working with Agents for Folk Clubs, Small Venue Organisers and Independent Bookers

Every so often one of my artists calls me to tell me they’ve been approached by a venue or folk club organiser to do a gig, and that person has stated categorically that they don’t work through agents. Ever. Full … Continue reading

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Robb Johnson

I’m delighted to welcome Robb Johnson to the agency roster. Robb is widely recognised as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today. His songs feature in the repertoires of a wide variety of musicians, from folk legend … Continue reading

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Why I won’t give my opinion on your music.

I recently had an email from a band thanking me for my help files and asking me to listen to their live demo (in my spare time) so that I could tell them where I thought they may fit in … 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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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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Festival Booking Season

September is the time of year when many summer festivals begin their artist booking, and the spring festivals fill in any remaining gaps. I have over 350 UK festivals on my database, so having a personal relationship with each one … Continue reading

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Derby Folk Festival

I’m delighted to announce that three of my artists have been booked for Derby Folk Festival in early October 2013 . The April Verch Band and Union Jill will be playing on Saturday 5th October and Vin Garbutt will be … Continue reading

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