We Dig Roots is a new online information resource and booking agency based in Ireland. As our name suggests our focus is on real roots music in all its forms. As people we love real music played by real and talented people and as a business we hope to help those talented people reach the audience they deserve. Our main partners in this venture (The artists and bands) are a mixture of Irish and International performers who all have one thing in common, they have a passion for the style of roots music they play and have dedicated their lives to achieving excellence.At We Dig Roots this passion is a pre-requisite for us, we want to work with people who love what they do because we believe that this is the only true approach to music. If you tick that box and are interested in talking to us about getting involved give us a ring or drop us an e-mail.We are also working with real authentic events and venues to advertise gigs and festivals and ensure this fantastic music is seen by as many people as possible. If you are a venue, event organiser or promoter interested in booking some of our artists please get in touch to discuss the huge range of acts we are working with. We will also be delighted to create a new page on our website for your venue and/or event and feature news of your upcoming gigs.All phone enquiries should be made to Eamonn on 087 2982618 or drop us an e-mail to email@example.com
PAUL BARRETT BOOKING THE BIG BEAT SINCE JOHNNY BURNETTE WAS IN THE CHARTS.
ANY, AND ALL, PRE-BEATLES STYLE ROCK’N’ROLLERS AVAILABLE, FROM LOCAL HEROES TO LIVING LEGENDS.
Paul Franklyn “Legs” Barrett (born 1940 in Blackwood, Monmouthshire is the UK’s best known agent and manager of 1950s style Rock and Roll artistes, an author and previously a singer, songwriter and film actor. Barrett is the discoverer, mentor and first manager of the singer now known as Shakin’ Stevens during the 1960s and 1970s, but has also represented and promoted many more of the genre’s greats during a long and varied career.
Barrett pictured with Bill Haley’s Original Comets during 1980 UK filming of “Blue Suede Shoes”Manager and agent
Ever since first managing Shakin’ Stevens in 1969, Barrett has continued to be a professional agent, manager and promoter of 1950s style rock and roll artists including Wee Willie Harris, Bill Haley’s Original Comets, The Jets, Matchbox, Crazy Cavan & The Rhythm Rockers and Linda Gail Lewis (sister of all time rock great Jerry Lee Lewis). He has promoted and organised weekend long rock and roll themed events and major concerts all over the UK and on mainland Europe. Paul Barrett Rock and Roll Enterprises is now recognised as the principal agency for the genre.
Barrett’s spoken and bass vocals were featured on several early Shakin’ Stevens and the Sunsets albums, on tracks such as “Oh Baby” and “At the Hop”, he also spoke the commentary on the track “Superstar”. The album “I’m no J.D.” was re-released as “Shakin’ Stevens and the Sunsets” in the 1980s and was awarded a Gold Record. Barrett also sang live on stage with the band, adding his vocals to the Sunset’s mix.
Since the 1970s Barrett has regularly appeared as an extra in several feature films, the most notable being his major featured appearance as the “Table Monster” in the kitsch horror film ‘Bloody New Year’ (aka Horror Hotel (UK), aka Time Warp Terror (US)) directed by cult film-maker Norman J.Warren. Barrett was also featured in the rock ‘n’ roll movie Blue Suede Shoes and appeared in the 1987 TV drama mini-series Sins that starred Joan Collins.
During the 1980s Barrett collaborated with Hilary Heywood in writing the book “Shakin’ Stevens and the Sunsets” published by Star Books and W.H. Allen (London). Barrett originally wanted to call the book “Rocky Road Blues – The Story of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Band”. However the book was subsequently renamed and heavily promoted as a pop biography, becoming a short-lived best seller. Barrett’s book was more a humorous ‘warts and all’ tale of many behind-the-spotlights events during the band’s history and quite different to the several other official biographies.
Book all these Rockin’ bands here:
1950’s US Stars
Charlie Gracie, Wanda Jackson, more to be added
1980’s Rockin’ Stars
The Jets, Matchbox, Crazy Cavan & The Rhythm Rockers, Sandy Ford & The Flying Saucers, more to be added
PAUL BARRETS PLAYLIST – These are the ten (or is it 11) tracks that get Paul Rockin’, Click on the links to see/hear track on youtube.
Eddie Fontaine – Nothin’ Shakin, Chuck Berry You Can’t Catch Me, Little Richard Good Golly Miss Molly, Carl Perkins Dance Album, Gene Vincent Bluejean Bop Album, Elvis Presley Rock n Roll Album, Jerry Lee Lewis Loving Up A Storm, Johnny Otis Bye Bye Baby, Fats Domino Sick & Tired, Bill Haley and His Comets Razzle Dazzle, The Hi-Liters Dance Me To Death
Favourite all time artist is Jerry Lee Lewis