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Welcome to Bill Bates website

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I love to perform my songs at folk clubs, folk festivals and at house parties. I sing a mixed set of funny songs and serious songs. My objective is to entertain and have some fun and hopefully you will enjoy yourself at the same time.

I call myself a Dyxsluxic Song Writer, which just about sums me up. I go wrong every now and again but I keep smiling.

I am not as good a songwriter as Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) and not as funny as Keith Donnelly.  I thought I’d let you know this to manage your expectations!

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Gigging

Kevin Costner Was Very lucky to Have People Turn Up To His Corn Field

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“Build it and they will come”. Fields of Dreams

In the 1989 movie the lead character played by Kevin Costner strolls about his crop field and he hears a voice saying “If you build it, he will come”. After having visions he builds a baseball field and miraculously he gets loads of people turn up to watch the game he had arranged.  And all this was without Twitter, Facebook or a website.

However….. putting on a gig is not like this!

If you want people to turn up to your gig, you need to tell people about it. People won’t come unless you tell them.

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How To Construct Your Set List? Start At The End

Set list

Performing as part of the Harvey Duo, Alan Harvey and I once spent ages before a gig deciding in what order to play our songs. Just for fun, on this one occasion, we agreed to perform our songs in strict alphabetical order starting with Another Cup Of Coffee by Mike & The Mechanics. It worked perfectly until we got to end the gig. We couldn’t think of a decent finisher ending with the letter Z!

What is the best way to construct a set list? We started from the end and work backwards!

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How Do You Get More Gigs?

How to get gigs

I’ve been a singer songwriter for over 40 years (which, to be honest, scares the hell out of me) and in that time I have worked with hundreds of musicians of various abilities.

Over the years I have noticed that some artists are really good at selling themselves. They know what content to include on their website, how to network on different Social Media sites and they are constantly connecting with their audience.

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Standing Stones Impress Me So Much. I Think They Were Some Kind Of Ancient Folk Festival Where Prehistoric Folkies Would Entertain Each Other.

Standing Steones

Louise and I recently visited Avebury Henge in Wiltshire, which must be one Britain’s truly wonderful sites.

I think it is more impressive than Stonehenge because you can actually walk around the stones and touch them. Some of the stones weigh about 40 tons and they cover over 28 acres. Originally there was about 100 stones but now there are only 27 stones left standing (I don’t know why there is less now, someone must of stole them) but it is still wonderfully impressive.

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