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Posted By: GUEST,Ralphie
08-Mar-09 - 06:58 AM
Thread Name: Tom Bliss Article -So long and thanks
Subject: RE: Tom Bliss - So long and thanks
Re Village Hall gigs, I seem to remember that there is or was an organisation based in Yorkshire (?) that does precisely that. They apparently have a network of halls around the country and organise tours. I think that they Vet the acts they use, so as to be suitable. Then they just push the artist in at one end of the tour and they come out two weeks later.
And because of the quality of artists booked, it became a must see event (weekly or monthly, not sure).
Fo people isolated in a small village, maybe no pub, no Post Office, it must have been a real lifeline.
I have no contact details, for all I know it might have ceased. Maybe Johnny Adams might know if he reads this.
Also many years ago, Andrew Cronshaw organised a tour of Village Churches off his own bat. Places I had never heard of! Obviously those of you who know Andrews music, it would be ideally suited to a tiny village church!

Just my 2 pennorth, but I would agree that touring Folk Clubs exclusively is getting harder and harder. I'm amazed that Tom has stuck it for so long. All those hours of phone calls unreturned, E Mails. Mail shots, etc etc.

Good luck Tom.

Ralph Jordan