Your own private 2-hr (two sets of 45) show in your home, garden, local park, field, street corner, waterfront, campsite... If you are a local business, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your booking fee holds your spot and I will be in touch ASAP to confirm your date and time.
Your guests are asked to tip, or you can collect at a suggested donation of $20 in advance.
What Do I Need To Know?
What does it cost?
A $100 deposit is a booking fee at the time of reservation.
This is a booking reservation fee to hold your date. Your booking is not confirmed until I respond via email to confirm the date you want is available. If it isn't, and we can't find a suitable alternative, I'll refund your full booking fee.
After the show, your booking fee will be deducted from the minimum performance fee (see costs below)
What do I need to host a show?
A love of live music, a power source (outdoor 3-prong plug) and an indoor or outdoor space that can accommodate guests.
I recommend enough room for at least 10 people. Asking people to bring their own chairs may help you as well. Please note that smaller numbers may mean fewer donations and you may be asked to make up the difference up to the minimum charge for the evening (see below).
I will provide all other needed equipment.
If you have an extra table to display merch, that is a bonus.
What if I don't get enough guests or donations? How much does a private booking cost?
On tour, these shows are my core revenue. While my rates are very reasonable, I do ask for a minimum commitment at these shows of your booking fee PLUS $400 (payable on the night of the performance). For European bookings, my fee is €350.
Booking your own show might not cost you anything! If you take donations from your guests, you would need only 20 guests at $20 per guest to cover this cost. You can decide to deduct your booking fee from the tips and give me the difference or simply add them to the booking fee already paid. Some guests choose to give more than $20 and I have rarely had a show that pays less than the minimum. People are hungry for live music and are generous to support it!
If money is a genuine concern, I am always open to negotiation for special situations so don't hesitate to send your questions to email@example.com
Please note this fee structure only applies to these house/garden shows, and not to private bookings for weddings, etc. Those can be booked but at a different rate.
When do you book these shows?
Most of these shows happen in the early evening (6 or 7 start time) and last between 90 minutes and 2 hours, depending on breaks, chat time after, etc. Especially nearer the autumn, evenings can get cool enough to be uncomfortable outdoors after 8 or 9.
I am open to daytime shows, travel time permitting.
How much advance notice do you need?
PLEASE BE AWARE: While every effort will be made to adhere to your booked date, I am travelling by bicycle and delays may well happen. I ask for your flexibility if I run into unforeseen delays. I ask for 2 weeks advance booking so that you have time to spread the word to friends, family and neighbours. There are always exceptions, however...
What if I need to cancel later?
I will refund your booking fee in full up to 2 weeks before your event. I can give a 50% refund up to one week before, but I do not offer refunds for any cancellation within the week of the event, since I may have passed on other shows to save your booking.
Will I get help advertising the show?
Yes. As I am a proponent of zero-waste living, I provide you with a digital poster and social media graphics that you can share to promote your show. If you choose to print them for distribution, we'll still be friends! There is no obligation to share publicly if you prefer your privacy.
I'm also happy to give your show a shout-out to my own fans if it is open to the public.
What to expect that evening?
I will play two 45-minute sets with a break in the middle and time for socializing afterwards.
My setlist will include originals and covers of rock, traditional Irish and other contemporary songs. I'm happy to take requests in advance.
Do be prepared for some awful jokes, self-depreciation and some sing-a-longs, or at the very least, have your hands ready to clap!
Do I get any perks for hosting?
YES! You will get your name on an insert with the pressing of the new album to thank you for supporting live music!
I still have a question ...
Feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org