My last comment on this, Brendy, before I go to do somthing useful like cooking tea whilst listening to folk music by people who WANT other people to listen to and enjoy their work. You're a performer (you claim). I'm a folk music fan (read: customer). Yet for some undisclosed reason you want to keep venues where you might be playing secret from me. Fantastic business sense... what people usually do is say, for example, 'yeah, they've started putting gigs on at (insert venue name). Fancy checking it out?'
My conclusion: you're just a wind up merchant and little of what you've said should be taken seriously. People usually don't mind evidencing their claims.