Sleepy Hollow Folk Club

© Norman Stewart - Sleepy Hollow Folk Club

For Performers

The take

We have a hat at the door.  All donations go to the artist.  While we do not promise a performance minimum, we do work hard to ensure a healthy turnout -- and have built up a significant audience in our years of operation.  Attendance recently has been at least high 30s, and with a few overflows of 50-plus.  Our room most comfortably fits up to low 40s.  We have been "selling out" most of our shows.  On rare occasions, we are willing to take the show outdoors to accommodate folks on our waiting list, but this has to be a close-to-showtime decision, based on what the weather gods are hinting at. We typically ask for a donation of $20 (US) a head.  Under special circumstances we would consider a somewhat higher donation, but that may prove a barrier to full attendance. Product merchandising is of course welcome, and CD sales per attendee are usually very good.

The audience

Our audience is an interesting and unique mix.  Many are not part of the usual "folkie" scene, so our venue provides a special opportunity to reach new listeners.  A typical audience includes a significant contingent of co- workers (Air Force, high tech, and legal fields), neighbors, friends, and fans drawn into our circle through previous performers.  Lots of gray hair. This is a very appreciative crowd and a very attentive one.  We do not allow little kids; a few well-behaved older children have attended -- and have greatly enjoyed the experience.

"Bed & breakfast"

We have plenty of room, and performers are welcome to stay in our home.  Amenities include a hot-tub and a swimming pool.  As pictured elsewhere on the site, we do have three indoor cats, two of whom look forward to every house concert.

What we are looking for

First and foremost, we launched this endeavor to introduce music we love to our friends.  Therefore, our attraction to your music is the first step.  The fact that we don't host a large number of these shows, and that the audience consists of friends in our home rather than strangers in a commercial venue, demands that we consider our bookings carefully. Our performers generally fall within the contemporary singer-songwriter genre, including alt-Americana, folk-rock, etc.  We are drawn to creative and compelling lyrics and greatly appreciate accomplished musicianship.  Beyond that, we look for performers who put on a dynamic show (no snakes or knives, please). For those performers we already are familiar with, we would be happy to hear from you or your agent to try to work out a performance date.  For those we don't know so well, you are certainly welcome to send us a CD and/or get in touch; we've heard virtually all of our performers play in a live setting before booking them. We have hosted bands comprising up to four members, but performers need to understand the resulting audience limitations unless we can move the show outdoors (subject to weather gods -- see above).

Technical details

Our room can be played unplugged, although a small PA probably produces a bit better sound.  The room is quite "quiet". We have a pretty decent PA available consisting of a Peavey XR600 powered mixer, two EV Sx200 speakers, one each Shure SM58 & SM57 mikes, and associated stands and cables.  Performers are certainly welcome to use all their own equipment.  More than two or three performers may necessitate an unplugged show.

Sleepy Hollow Folk Club

For Performers

The take

We have a hat at the door.  All donations go to the artist.  While we do not promise a performance minimum, we do work hard to ensure a healthy turnout -- and have built up a significant audience in our years of operation.  Attendance recently has been at least high 30s, and with a few overflows of 50-plus.  Our room most comfortably fits up to low 40s.  We have been "selling out" most of our shows.  On rare occasions, we are willing to take the show outdoors to accommodate folks on our waiting list, but this has to be a close-to-showtime decision, based on what the weather gods are hinting at. We typically ask for a donation of $20 (US) a head.  Under special circumstances we would consider a somewhat higher donation, but that may prove a barrier to full attendance. Product merchandising is of course welcome, and CD sales per attendee are usually very good.

The audience

Our audience is an interesting and unique mix.  Many are not part of the usual "folkie" scene, so our venue provides a special opportunity to reach new listeners.  A typical audience includes a significant contingent of co-workers (Air Force, high tech, and legal fields), neighbors, friends, and fans drawn into our circle through previous performers.  Lots of gray hair. This is a very appreciative crowd and a very attentive one.  We do not allow little kids; a few well-behaved older children have attended -- and have greatly enjoyed the experience.

"Bed & breakfast"

We have plenty of room, and performers are welcome to stay in our home.  Amenities include a hot-tub and a swimming pool.  As pictured elsewhere on the site, we do have three indoor cats, two of whom look forward to every house concert.

What we are looking for

First and foremost, we launched this endeavor to introduce music we love to our friends.  Therefore, our attraction to your music is the first step.  The fact that we don't host a large number of these shows, and that the audience consists of friends in our home rather than strangers in a commercial venue, demands that we consider our bookings carefully. Our performers generally fall within the contemporary singer-songwriter genre, including alt- Americana, folk-rock, etc.  We are drawn to creative and compelling lyrics and greatly appreciate accomplished musicianship.  Beyond that, we look for performers who put on a dynamic show (no snakes or knives, please). For those performers we already are familiar with, we would be happy to hear from you or your agent to try to work out a performance date.  For those we don't know so well, you are certainly welcome to send us a CD and/or get in touch; we've heard virtually all of our performers play in a live setting before booking them. We have hosted bands comprising up to four members, but performers need to understand the resulting audience limitations unless we can move the show outdoors (subject to weather gods -- see above).

Technical details

Our room can be played unplugged, although a small PA probably produces a bit better sound.  The room is quite "quiet". We have a pretty decent PA available consisting of a Peavey XR600 powered mixer, two EV Sx200 speakers, one each Shure SM58 & SM57 mikes, and associated stands and cables.  Performers are certainly welcome to use all their own equipment.  More than two or three performers may necessitate an unplugged show.
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