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GUEST,Pete Peterson Can a UK 'Cats perform over the water? (40) RE: Can a UK 'Cats perform over the water? 19 Mar 07

The Orpheus Supertones, a four-person group of old time musicians, of which I have the honor to be a member, just returned from a one-month tour of the UK as "Gathering 2 (with Debby McClatchy) during which we had a wonderful time and did a little better than breaking even, mostly through CD sales. So I have some data which can be applied in reverse from the UK to the US.

1) We kept expenses down by staying mainly with friends of Debby's, or friends we had met on a previous trip. You ought to be able to do likewise. Anybody who commits to putting on a house concert will almost certainly feed you and put you up for the night. (Ask!)
2) As others have said, the road network is MUCH better in the US, and you can for the most part plan on averaging 60 MPH while on the road. Gasoline in the US is presently around $2.50 per US gallon, or 30-35 pence per liter. Where the rental companies get you is on "insurance" and other hidden taxes.
3) The more time you spend planning your trip, the greater the chance you will make some money.
4) The US does NOT have the equivalent of "folk clubs"-- too bad!
5) Have a CD to sell! People who buy your CD will be willing to pay about $15 for it and may ask you to sign it.
6) I don't know anything about US work permits. We did it legally-- FOAOTMAD (Friends of American Old Time Music and Dance) paid for our work permits.
Good Luck! You're welcome to write me privately if you want to ask me specifics.

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