Empty Room Promotions was established in the summer of 2002 by Pearse Guina and Mike Trotman, two lifelong fans of live music who got tired of spending all their money going to other people's gigs and decided to start putting on their own.
As they said at the time, "Our philosophy is to promote bands that we enjoy, make sure everyone has a good time (artistes and audience) and try not to lose too much money! The type of music that we tend to focus on is called Americana, which is best described as a mixture of country, folk and rock. The artists we book are usually from the USA on a European tour or British musicians who play in the Americana style. Basically we are in to the sort of acts that veteran BBC DJ Bob Harris regularly plays on his shows".
Over the period we have promoted, among others, Bill Mallonee (who stated the whole thing off), Chuck Prophet, Richmond Fontaine, Josh Ritter, Alejandro Escovedo, Eliza Gilkyson, Guy Clark, Tift Merritt, Dawes, Buddy Miller, Dave Alvin, Sam Baker, The Hot Club Of Cowtown, Gretchen Peters, The Handsome Family, Thea Gilmore and many, many more. If these names sound good to you - you are at the right place!
After 12 years and nearly 250 gigs things have moved on since those early times. We now have our own web site, which you are reading, a Facebook presence and a small team of helpers including Richard & Linda Watkins, David Humphries Laraine Scarf and Quen Drury.
We now use venues in the Buckingham area, including the new Americana capital that is Tingewick Village Hall and in recent years have ventured over the border to Oxfordshire a venues like The Bullingdon, The Jericho, The North Wall and the beautiful St John the Evangelist Church all in Oxford and Fat Lil’s in Witney. We hope you will follow us on our journey.
See you at the next gig.