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Sons of Cream

Kofi Baker, son of Ginger Baker, and Malcolm Bruce, son of Jack Bruce, have joined forces with renowned guitarist Will Johns

MONEYPENNY AGENCY UP DATES AND TOUR NEWS AUGUST 2013

Here at Moneypenny Towers we’re enjoying the lovely warm weather and getting out and about as much as possible to explore and have new experiences, both musically and geographically.  That’s not stopping us booking some great acts, however, as we are creating some great tours and adding some fantastic new signings to our roster. The new acts we’re now handling (in alphabetical order) are the following:

BAP KENNEDY – www.bapkennedy.com -  I first worked with Bap many years ago when he was fronting the group Energy Orchard and then when they folded we went our separate ways so it’s great, for me, to be working with such a talented singer / songwriter / performer once again!  He’s got a brilliant new cd available now “The Sailor’s Revenge” out on Proper Records that’s been produced by Mark Knopfler no less and features Mark and his whole touring band as Bap’s backing musicians.  Now we’ve been asked to book UK and European dates for Bap and his trio for late January – early February 2014.

GAIL DAVIES – www.gaildavies.com – When Gail first reached out to me regarding us representing her I was taken aback as to how talented she is as a writer, performer and producer – in fact she was the first female producer in country music, not a mean feat!  Here’s what some of her contemporaries have said about her:

“I have been a fan of Gail Davies for over 30 years. There is no denying the talent of that woman on every level as a writer, singer and producer.” – Emmylou Harris
“Everybody in the world loves Gail Davies, especially in my world. She is one of the most talented and wonderful people I know. I will always love her.” Dolly Parton

So, it’s with great excitement that we’re booking her UK tour for November 7th – 19th 2013 and look forward to hearing from all interested venues and promoters.

JIMMY LaFAVE – www.jimmylafave.com – Many of the promoters I regularly work with have often mentioned Jimmy’s name to me and said they wished he come to the UK and Europe, again and more often.  So, it’s with great pleasure that I can say we are seeking dates for him this September between 18th – 28th to follow on from dates he has in Holland.  These shows are with his current band so everyone is for a great treat and a wonderful evening with one the finest current country / Americana singer- songwriters.

SADIE & THE HOTHEADS – www.sadieandthehotheads.com – Every so often you come across a uniquely talented performer who can excite and intrigue in many mediums and Sadie is such a one as in her “day job” she’s better known as Elizabeth McGovern aka Lady Cora in the UK ITV television drama series “Downton Abbey”.  Since discovering her musical talent and forming the Hotheads around her Sadie has toured the UK, performed at the Isle of Wight, Cornbury and Montreux Jazz Festivals as well as being invited by Gretchen Peters to be her special guest when she played the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on her March ’13 tour.  Now, in conjunction with John Giddings and Sarah Sherlock of Solo Agency, we’ve been asked to book another UK tour this November and  dates are starting to become scarce, so book now to avoid disappointment!

SONS OF CREAM – Yes, you’ve read the name right this is Sons Of Cream and NO they’re not a tribute or cover band as there’s real genes in their blues!  Kofi Baker, son of Ginger Baker, and Malcolm Bruce, son of Jack Bruce, have joined forces with guitarist Will Johns (son of legendary producer Andy Johns and nephew of a certain guitarist called Eric Clapton!!) to bring the sound of their respective fathers and uncle legendary band The Cream back to life and they do it with all the aplomb, gusto and brilliance that you’d expect!  A short UK tour in April proved the audience is there to see and hear Cream once again as a number of the dates sold out in advance and now they’re back this November for a performance at the legendary 100 Club, London on the 12th and a foray “up north” to Fibbers, York on the 13th.  A full scale return tour is being booked right now for between February 6th – 23rd and currently we only have a few remaining!  So, don’t be disappointed get them to your venue now.

In addition to booking tours for those new clients we’re also taking bookings for these acts as well:

AMY WADGE & PETE RILEY www.amywadgepeteriley.com – UK November & December 2013

BEN GLOVER www.benglover.co.uk – UK & Ireland late September to mid-October 2013; April 2014

BRUCE COCKBURN www.brucecockburn.com – Europe & UK October to mid-November 2013

CARAVAN OF THIEVES – www.caravanofthieves.com – UK January & February 2014

CARMEL – www.carmelofficialmusic.com – UK October 2014

DAVID BROMBERG & LARRY CAMPBELL – www.davidbromberg.net – UK & Europe January & February 2014

GRETCHEN PETERS – www.gretchenpeters.com – Ireland October 2013

LYNNE HANSON – www.lynnehanson.com – UK & Europe May 2014

PERE UBU – www.ubuprojex.net – UK November 2013

STEVE FORBERT – www.steveforbert.com – UK & Europe late March to mid April 2014 **

VARIETY LIGHTS – www.varietylights.net – UK & Europe November / December 2013

WILLIE NILE – www.willienile.com – UK & Europe November / December 2013

Where we already have confirmed shows for an act these are listed on their page(s) and on our gigs page.  If we haven’t listed a tour period for an act it means we’re waiting to be told by them, or their management, what the plans are for live work.  BUT, if you have an enquiry about any of our acts please either email us via the contact page or give us a call on one of our number.
** booked in conjunction with Adastra Agency

We also up date things regularly on our Moneypenny Facebook and Moneypenny Twitter pages so you can see what we’re doing easily by going to either of these.

Thanks very much and we look forward to hearing from you, soon!

Nigel Morton & Ruth Gordon

OFFICE # +44 (0) 1377- 240162 : MOBILE # +44 (0) 7977- 455882

Farewell 2012 & Welcome 2013

Well, as this year draws to a close it’s time to say thanks to all of our acts and the promoters we’ve worked with the past twelve for making it quite a memorable year!

GRETCHEN PETERS continues to get more popular in the UK and Europe with a number of sold out shows when she’s toured here and some memorable festival appearances from her as well, this year.  Her current cd “Hello Cruel World” is being recognized as a songwriter’s masterpiece.

BRUCE COCKBURN returned to these shores for the first time in a few years and was well recieved everywhere he performed.  Plus he met up with the Canadian Paralympics Team at the London Olympics Village.

CARMEL emerged from semi-retirement with a brand new seven piece band and wowed audiences at the three very special shows she played with them.  We’re looking forward to hearing new material from her in 2013.

ALTAN popped across from Ireland for a short run of shows and once again proved why they’re probably Ireland’s finest traditional folk act!

STEVE FORBERT headed out in October (a tour we booked in association with Adastra Agency) across the UK & Ireland to promote is excellent new cd “Over With You”.

Canadian songstress, LYNNE HANSON, came across to open for Gretchen Peters in the UK for part of her March tour here, then repeated that again opening for Steve Forbert in October.  In addition Lynne played some of her own shows and is becoming recognized here as one fine singer – songwriter and a mean acoustic guitar player as well.

We’re excited to welcome some brilliant new acts to the agency – THE ABRAMS BROTHERS; BEN GLOVER; CARAVAN OF THIEVES; THE EMPERORS OF WYOMING – and these, along with our established acts will all be touring in 2013.  There are already tours announced, and on sale, GRETCHEN PETERS in February / March and PERE UBU in April.  Plus we’re working on more tours and these include the wonderful AMY WADGE & PETE RILEY; 3 BOXES; BRUCE COCKBURN; LYNNE HANSON; DAVID BROMBERG and and we’re waiting to be told what our others want for 2013.

There’s very regular updates about specific tours, and general gossip, on our Facebook page so do log in, check it out and like us - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Moneypenny-Agency/295044847185848

Finally, have a real Happy New Year and an absolutely wonderful 2013.

Warmest regards,

Nigel Morton and Ruth Gordon

More Gretchen News!!!!!

Regular updates on all Moneypenny news and tours are posted on our Facebook page

She’s number one!!!  Yes folks, it has happened….Gretchen Peters is number one on the Official UK Charts-Country genre category with the album “Hello Cruel World”.  Check it out at:  .  She is above established artists Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Tim McGraw, Glenn Campbell, Alison Krauss &Union Station and Todd Snider—go Gretchen!  In addition to this great news, shows on her UK and European Tour are selling out, including Norwich, Exeter, Limavady, Belfast and The Hague to name a few.  Tickets for some shows are becoming as rare as hen’s teeth.

Gretchen has also now announced for the following UK festivals:

June 22,2012     Isle of Wight     Garden Stage

June 29, 2012    Cornbury Festival     River Stage

June 30, 2012   Maverick Festival     Peacock Stage

July 27, 2012    Cambridge Festival     Stage Two

July 28, 2012     Cambridge Festival     Stage One

We are expecting more festivals and dates to be added over the next few days.  Watch this space!

If you are interested in making an offer or discussing a proposal, please contact nigel.morton@moneypennymusic.co.uk.

Gretchen Peters News….

It’s an exciting spring here at Moneypenny! Lots of excellent news and action from our talented artists. Read on….

We are pleased to say Gretchen Peters is at last getting the commercial, critical and artistic recognition she so richly deserves. The responses across the media worldwide to her lastest CD release “Hello Cruel World” have been stunning! These include outstanding reviews in a variety of publications ranging from Q, The Sun, Maverick Magazine, Uncut, Billboard, Sunday Times and Financial Times. On U.K. national radio, not only has Gretchen had a session broadcast on Bob Harris’ radio2 country music program in January, she has an upcoming appearance on radio2 Simon Mayo’s feature Drivetime. Across the whole of the U.K., local stations and press have followed the example set nationally. All this activity is helping to make her current tour of the U.K. and Europe (March 1 to April 5) her most successful to date, with sold out shows in advance at a number of venues. Finally, we are pleased to announce that Gretchen has also confirmed to perform at the legendary Isle of Wight Festival, Garden Stage on June 29. She is also playing Cornbury Festival on River Stage June 29 and Cambridge Festival Stages 2 and 1 July 27 and 28. Finally, she is appearing at Southern Fried Festival July 29. We expect to announce even more soon.

October 2011 update

I hope this finds you all well and here’s an up date on our forthcoming tours and also our latest agency signings………

  • For GRETCHEN PETERS I currently have March 17th, 19th open and perhaps 18th as well THESE are the only dates remaining on her 2011 UK & European tour to promote her next cd “Hello Cruel World”.  Also, bring yourself up to date with what we have going on here at the moment!
  • LISBEE STAINTON there’s quite a bit of interest in her from assorted media, The Daily Mirror have been raving about her and Radio 2 are looking at taking a track for play listing. More on that next week I’m told.
  • MAIKA MAKOVSKI  please have a read of the attached press release and I’m confident that you’ll see why I think she’d be perfect for you.
  • THE NIGHTINGALES  played a stormer at The Southbank in May this year, follow this link, please  . New cd planned for next year and touring them in May 2012.
  • NEW SCORPION BAND   fitting very much in the mould of “traditional music” I believe well worth consideration for one of your shows (With or without the costumes!!)
  • ALTAN - January / February 2012
  • AMY WADGE & PETE RILEY – April 2012
  • BRIAN KENNEDY – TBA
  • BRUCE COCKBURN – TBA
  • CARMEL - March 2012
  • DAVID THOMAS & TWO PALE BOYS – TBA
  • LYNNE HANSON – March / April 2012
  • PERE UBU – TBA
  • SIDESTEPPER - TBA  & on Reverb Nation
  • SUZY BOGGUSS – May / June 2012

Amy Wadge and Peter Riley ‘Rivers Apart’ DVD Available Now

Recorded in March 2011, before an invited audience, at a private gig in Liverpool during Amy and Pete’s successful debut tour.

This DVD captures two of Britains finest singer songwriters at their best, giving a personal insight to, and performing songs from, the ‘Rivers Apart’ album. The bonus features also give an interesting insight to life ‘behind the scenes’ as they prepared for their upcoming tour.

Visit their website to get your copy at a special introductory price.

Meet the Nightingales

Moneypenny’s latest signing is The Nightingales, formed by former of The Prefects following that band’s demise in 1979.

With an ever fluctuating line up, based around lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd, the Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early ’80′s as darlings of the credible music scene and were championed by John Peel, who said of them – “Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980′s to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans”.

The group recorded a bunch of critically acclaimed singles (Almost always ‘Single Of The Week’ in the music press) and three albums, plus many radio sessions for their great supporter Peel – more than any other band bar The Fall. They also regularly toured the UK and Northern Europe, as headliners and supporting acts as diverse as Bo Diddley and Nico.

In the late Eighties the Nightingales stopped working but, following the occasional gig between times, they re-grouped in 2004, with Lloyd being joined by original Prefects guitarist Alan Apperley to its current line up, which features Lloyd, Apperley, Andreas Schmid (from Faust Studio) on bass, ex Violet Violet drummer Fliss Kitson and guitarist Matt Wood, plus on occasion bassoonist Katherine Young &/or guitarist Christine Edwards and Emily Manzo on keyboards (Christy & Emily).

Since restarting the group have been more productive than ever – releasing five 7″ vinyl singles and three studio albums (Plus two live albums), touring England, mainland Europe and USA numerous times, recording many radio sessions along the way. They have been invited to play various festivals in Europe and the States, including Glastonbury and SXSW. Their “Let’s Think About Living” 45 was ‘Single Of The Week’ on BBC 6 Music and they have continued to receive regular rave reviews for their records and live shows.

In 2008 the band recorded “Insult to Injury” with Hans Joachim Irmler of krautrock legends Faust. This record was released in February 2009 on the Klangbad label and is largely considered the best ‘gales album yet. Another Irmler produced album – “The Lost Plot” – was recorded in August 2010 but has no planned release date. A new album is due to be recorded/released in 2011 and the group will be playing more live shows in Europe and the U.S during the next year or so.

Signing New Acts All the Time

The summer is now drawing to an end and with it the festival season, however, here at Moneypenny we remain committed to ensuring all of our acts continue to receive the best possible service and Nigel is busy booking new tours and dates for all artists as well as signing up new artists all the time.

The latest addition to Moneypenny is Lisbee Stainton a London-based 23 year-old singer-songwriter known as, ‘The English Rose With The 8-String Guitar’, has been writing songs for almost 14 years. She graduated in 2009 from Goldsmiths College, University of London, with a degree in Popular Music and already with her first album under her belt, ‘Firefly’, in which she collaborated with Guildford-based producer, Rain.

Other new signings include Sidestepper and Maika Makovski (please see Artists pages for more details.

Maika has had a great summer 2011 which marked a new development in her career with her stage debut in “Desaparecer” at Teatre Romea, Barcelona, the latest production by internationally renowned director Calixto Bieto. Featuring original songs written and performed lived by Maika, sharing the stage with one of Spain’s foremost actors Juan Echanove, the show opened to rave reviews as part of the Grec Arts Festival And will tour Europe in the autumn/winter. The music from the theatre production (“Desaparecer” 2011, Outstanding Records) will be released as Maika’s 4thalbum in September to coincide with the start of the tour. A new studio album will follow hot on its heels in November and the band will tour both albums concurrently.

Sidestepper takes Latin rhythms to a unique encounter with dub and electronic music, where drum & bass, dancehall and hip-hop meet with their Latin counterparts, uniting electronic and Caribbean trance in a timeless, irresistible dance party. For the past decade, Sidestepper has toured around the world , playing such prestigious festivals as Coachella, Glastonbury, Roskilde, WOMAD, and the Hollywood Bowl World Music Festival, as well as gigs too numerous to mention in the Americas, England, Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Norway, Corsica, Singapore, and beyond.

More tour dates have also been confirmed for Altan.

Keep an eye out for more details of new dates and tours in the next few weeks!

Nigel

News – Summer 2011

Moneypenny are currently booking for autumn and winter shows / tours from our array of UK and international acts – Ireland , USA , Canada all being represented.

In addition to these acts with defined periods we’re also interested in discussing dates for

Please call me on either +44(0)7977-455882 or +44(0)1377-240162 and if it goes to voice mail please leave a message with your name and contact number.  Or email me.