About Us

Alan Bearman Music is a music agency and events company formed in 2004 and representing some of the foremost artists on the folk, roots and acoustic music scene. The ABM team is responsible for the artistic and marketing aspects of Sidmouth FolkWeek now in its 64th year and also promotes regular concerts at Kings Place. 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 advances most of the agency’s gigs and works on artistic admin 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. Alan is Artistic and Marketing Director of Sidmouth FolkWeek James is the festival’s Marketing Manager and Sarah Coxson the festival’s Press Officer. ABM also regularly curates concert series for King’s Place in London.


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.