|Bob Paterson is the Managing Director of BPA Live and has been promoting Americana music for over fifteen years and was and still is instrumental in raising its profile to where it is now in the UK.He started his professional life in the music business in 1995 doing work experience for Johnnie Walker on his old BBC Radio 1 Saturday afternoon show. He continued his career with fellow music aficionado Bob Harris on Greater London Radio (GLR) and then moved with him when he started working on BBC Radio 2. He worked on Bob’s shows for over 5 years and they remain friends to this day.
Bob has had his own leftfield radio show on various radio stations since 1991, most notably on Country Music Radio (1997-1999) and a stint on the short-lived Mean Country in London (2002-2003). Over the last few years he has presented a weekly 80-minute radio show on the Americana-UK website.
Bob first started promoting live music at the small yet perfectly formed 12-Bar Club in London in 1997 and for a while also used the larger Spitz venue.A major change happened in 1999 when Bob ventured into the murky world of a booking agency. He joined East Central One record company as their in-house booking agent. His first clients were Dr Robert (The Blow Monkeys), Colin Vearncombe (Black) and New Jersey singer-songwriter Kate Jacobs and it comes as no surprise that he started to develop a roster of largely Americana music.
Bob Paterson relocated from London to Suffolk in 2002 and this marked a return to promoting live music, again with Steve Fernie (East Central One) in 2007 as Movers & Shakers promotions. They promote shows primarily in Suffolk in venues ranging in size from the 160 capacity Fisher Theatre in Bungay to the 1500 capacity Regent Theatre in Ipswich. During 2011 Movers & Shakers will be promoting shows for The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Ralph McTell, Bellowhead and many more. High profile shows are already being planned for 2012 and beyond.
BPA Live was formed on the 1st July 2005 and the agency now boasts a roster of over forty artists including Tom Russell, Matt Andersen, Brooks Williams, The Wailin’ Jennys, Sam Baker, Ian McLagan & the Bump Band, Eve Selis, Jason Ringenberg, Elizabeth Cook, Otis Gibbs, Blue Rodeo, Crooked Still and The Redlands Palomino Company. In 2010 Netty Turner joined the agency and has started to develop her own roster including Deadstring Brothers, Dead Rock West, Orbitsuns, Will Scott, Ledfoot, Society and young talented UK blues guitarist Ben Poole. The agency continues to grow, now working with artistes from varying genres including blues and folk alongside the original Americana acts.
Please use the links above for details of our evolving roster, tours currently underway, those that are currently being booked, contact details and links section to websites associated with Bob and his work, past and present.
BPA Live is a member of The Agents Association.
photograph by Otis Gibbs
UK Phone: +44 (0)1359 230357
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