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Federated tours?

Uncle Tone 16 Apr 13 - 11:34 AM
Uncle Tone 18 Apr 13 - 05:43 AM
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Subject: Federated tours?
From: Uncle Tone
Date: 16 Apr 13 - 11:34 AM

Out of the Cyrl's Reunion thread:

Cyril Tawney pioneered for us, very successfully, the 'Unicorn Federation of Folk Clubs' tours, throughout Herts, Beds, Bucks and Northants back in the 80s.

An artist was invited for a fortnight or three week tour, with days off, for a block fee. We'd do all the arranging. We'd put them up in one central venue (usually my spare room), and ferry them from club to club.

Despite the fear that everyone would go to just one club, the opposite happened. The audience tended to follow the artist about. This meant the artist had to have more than one set, but Cyril coped with that no problem. You don't see much of that now, but it worked then. The agents hated it and in fact Cyril sacked his agent for trying to overcharge us!

The system saved the clubs some money, but also guaranteed income for a couple or three week's work for the artist.

Several of the big names in the circuit now did Unicorn tours back then after Cyril, including Steve Tilston and Maggie Boyle, Pete Morton, Hamish Imlach, Jim Couza, and Dougie MacLean.

We also promoted the best of local performers in the same way, giving them valuable 'tour' experience and finding for them a wider audience.

(Who can boast that Steve Tilston slept in their bed? I was downstairs on the settee, I hasten to add!)

I wonder if this ever happened elsewhere in UK?

Tone


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Subject: RE: Federated tours?
From: Uncle Tone
Date: 18 Apr 13 - 05:43 AM

I guess not then?

Tone


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