I’m hoping to have a secondary career as a “folksinger,” playing in restaurants, bars, etc. I’ve had a few gigs over the last several years, but now am planning to pursue it more. I’m looking for advice on several aspects of this.
I think my voice is good, my guitar skills adequate, my personality adequate. I see my strong suit as my repertoire, over 200 songs through a wide variety of genres, many of them not commonly done by other performers (“songs that don’t get heard enough”). I play acoustic guitar, and have amplification equipment.
Suggestions on places to approach? I’ve thought of certain bars and restaurants, retirement homes, and maybe coffee houses.
Any guidance on what to charge? Should it be more if I need to provide sound equipment than if I just bring me and the guitar? How about the difference between playing, say, two hours vs. playing four hours?
Any insight into approaching the owner/manager of an establishment? While a number of people I know would make a point of coming to hear me (at least once, anyway), I don’t have a following. Aside from a following, what would the owner be hoping for?
Any other thoughts or suggestions, or questions for me?