Welcome to my website

Bill Bates

When I’m asked, “What type of music do you play?” I usually say folk music – although I am not a traditional folky. I like to think that I’m a songwriter.
I was 17 years of age when I first started writing songs. I was the bass player in a band and I was amazed when audiences seemed to like my songs.  Of course, I was regularly spat at. I was playing in a punk band at the time and apparently, this was how audiences showed their appreciation.
I soon got the songwriting bug and began writing in whatever music genre I was performing in at the time.  I played in funk bands, country bands, hard rock, country rock, soft rock, rhythm and blues, disco, pop, ska and finally folk. These days I write for myself as a solo artist. Sometimes funny songs and sometimes serious – all depending on what mood I’m in at the time. Luckily audiences rarely spit at me these days, they tend to throw Mars Bars at me instead.
To give you an idea of what I do check my videos page. I perform in folk clubs, folk festivals,  garden and house parties, and various other charity events.
My main motivation is to help raise money for charity – my favourite being “Yes To Live”, a charity supporting families who have been affected by cancer. Check them out here
If you are interested in booking me for a live or an online gig, get in touch.
Bill Bates

Check out my Blogs below

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