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Alex Clayton

Dear Sir/Ma’am,

My name is Alex and I’m a singer-songwriter. I play acoustic guitar now and again, but the gigs I’ve done in the last year in Birmingham and London have been playing electric guitar with my drummer as well. I normally play 20 minutes to half an hour opening for bigger bands, and thankfully people seem to enjoy our music. There are some slower melodic songs with Kinks and Bob Dylan influences, but most of my music is high tempo and energetic, influenced by the White Stripes, Oasis and The Smiths especially. I’m recording an EP in London in June with my drummer, which will soon be online and on iTunes to build a public profile. In a set I usually play 4/5 original songs I've written, and throw in two well known covers that put people in a more familiar place to engage with my songs. Playwright and veteran fringe-goer Angus Graham-Campbell advised me the free fringe is a great way for young (19) musicians to gain more experience and spend time with more artistically minded people. I found this last year when we were doing gigs out of my friend’s flat in the evenings of the festival in August for 10 days.  This was quite unsustainable though, and I prefer playing in bars and clubs. I’d be happy with any time of day after 6 in a venue that could hold maybe 100 people.

Please help us out, I’m very passionate and committed, and so happy to help promote other shows, the free fringe and the wee blue book.

Thanks very much,

Alex

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