About Us

Alan Bearman Music is a leading UK music agency and events company, formed in 2004, representing some of the foremost artists on the folk, roots and acoustic music scene. The agency represents a diverse range of UK and international touring artists from across a spectrum from grass roots traditional to pioneering new sounds, from establish folk icons to rising talent.

The ABM team is also responsible for the artistic programming and marketing of Sidmouth FolkWeek, now in its 64th year, and is an Artistic Associate of King’s Place in London. Alan has over 40 years’ experience of programming events and festivals including Sidmouth International Festival, Towersey Festival, Folk in the Fall at the South Bank Centre and the Ards International Guitar Festival.

Alan is joined in ABM by Marketing Manager and agent James Garrett and agents Sarah Coxson, Sarah Allen, Chris Pentney and John Blakeley. Tash Daly contracts and advances most of the agency’s gigs and works on artistic administration for Sidmouth FolkWeek. Elle Rees is our financial administrator. Lisa Ratcliff deals with the legalities of touring overseas artists and Lyn Beardsall organises some of our tours by overseas artists. With many years of club, event, marketing and festival organisation and promotion behind us we provide a professional, understanding and complete service for our artists and bookers alike.

Whilst agency is our core business we continue to work as programmers and consultants and are heavily involved in many aspects of the folk scene.

ABM is an Artistic Associate of King’s Place in London, where the agency regularly curates themed concert series and promotes folk events.

ABM have a pivotal role in Sidmouth FolkWeek: Alan as Artistic and Marketing Director, James as Marketing Manager, Sarah Coxson as Artistic Advisor and copywriter, and Tash Daly as the festival’s Artistic Administrator.


Current and past clients include:
Kings Place Music Foundation
Mrs Casey Music
The Association of Festival Organisers
Smallworld Music, Belfast
Folk Arts England

Whilst specialising in artistic matters, Alan Bearman Music offers consultancy and support on all related aspects of festivals and together with experienced associates cover the whole range of event management.

Event Programmer and Consultant:

Sidmouth FolkWeek 2012 onwards (Artistic and Marketing Director)
Sidmouth International Festival 1991-2004 (Artistic Director)
Curator of folk concert series at Kings Place (Lau-Land, Commonplace etc) 2011 onwards.
Towersey Festival 1988- 2012
Festival of the Peninsula, Newtownards, Northern Ireland 2005-2007
Ards International Guitar Festival, Newtownards, Northern Ireland 2005-2008
Mrs Casey Music 1988-2005, projects included:
• Evolving Tradition Weekend – Barbican Centre, London
• American Music Weekends – Barbican Centre, London
• Concerts at Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall
• Farnham Folk Day- Farnham, Surrey
• Arts in the Parks – Hampshire County Council
• Association of Festival Organisers – Conferences and Showcases
• Folk Arts England Conferences
Concert Programmer and Consultant – English Folk Dance and Song Society 1998-2000
Director – Chestnuts Community Festival, Walthamstow, London 1984-1990
Programme Co-ordinator – Bands in the Park, for Waltham Forest Arts Council 1985-1987

Alan devised and edited Direct Roots: The Guide to Folk, Roots and Related Music and Arts in the British Isles and co-wrote the Promoters’ Guide for Folk Arts England and Jazz Services.