Info For Promoters

Thank you for considering including The Stompies at your promotion or event. We’ve gathered our technical requirements into this one place along with other information that you may or may not find useful.

If you are a venue or promoter without a PA available we can bring our own, however we generally have an additional financial arrangement in order to do that. We’ll also need suitable time for setting up.

Our needs aren’t as extensive  – or as entertaining as these, (if you’ve never seen this, the most famous technical rider in history then its essential reading, … and re-reading) but we are a 7 (and sometimes 8) piece ensemble and we like avoiding nasty surprises.

Below you will find:

A summary of PA requirements depending on venue
Guidance on the mix
A guide stage layout – to be viewed in conjunction with the summary of PA requirements
General monitoring requirements
A breakdown of what each of us plays, what we bring ourselves and what we require
Lights
Setting up and Soundcheck
Merchandise
Getting There
Hospitality
Guest List

As you will see, we aim to be able to play at a range of venues, and to fit in with a range of available PA facilities. We hope you can find your particular scale of resource below. However, if you’re daunted by mention of “DI boxes” and “monitoring” don’t worry! Talk to us. Drop us an email, or give us a call/text: 07803 555 137.

SUMMARY

“Unplugged” Performances:

We generally shy away from completely unplugged performances. Bass guitars and bass ukuleles, even “acoustic” basses always need a small amount of amplification, and one of our guitarists also requires a little amplification even when playing “acoustically”. We can therefore play something approaching “unplugged” but we do need to use 2 of our own amplifiers and require 3 mains sockets!

Small venues, you will ideally need:

6 x DI Boxes (with 6 link outputs – beware Behringer 2-channel DI boxes).
4 x Vocal mics (SM58 or similar)
1 x Cable for our bodhran clip-on mic.

Which requires 11 Channels on PA

In small venues we can just about cope with:

4 x Vocal mics (SM58 or similar)
1 x DI box for melodeon

Which requires 5 channels on the PA

Medium venues, you will need:

6 x DI Boxes (with 6 link outputs – beware Behringer 2-channel DI boxes).
4 x Vocal mics (SM58 or similar)
1 x Cable for our bodhran clip-on mic.
Kick drum mic
Snare drum mics
Overhead mic
Djembe Mic

Which requires 15 channels on the PA

Larger venues and festivals, you will need:

6 x DI Boxes (with 6 link outputs – beware Behringer 2-channel DI boxes).
4 x Vocal mics (SM58 or similar)
1 x Cable for our bodhran clip-on mic.
Kick drum mic
Snare drum mic
Hi-Hat mic
Rack Tom Mic
Floor Tom Mic
Djembe Mic

Which requires 17 channels on PA

THE MIX:

When possible we try to bring Gemma, an additional member of the team who looks after our mix for us. She doesn’t have a technical background so please don’t assume she’s going to jump into your shoes and take over – you’ll most certainly still be needed to get things up and running, and set up the basic mix with us, but she knows what we do and when we do it.

If you have it available feel free to add a touch of compression to the vocals, the bass and elsewhere as you wish.

We do like to have reverb and delay available if possible on a couple of auxiliary sends.

GENERAL MONITORING REQUIREMENTS

We’re not hugely fussy but we need to hear vocals – that’s the main reason we like to keep on stage instrument levels down by sending as much to the PA as we can; when we have to use our on stage amplification to reach the audience our monitoring gets tricky.

We also cover more stage area than a 4 piece guitar band. One wedge on the left of the stage won’t reach the right of the stage, and a monitor at the front won’t reach the back.

We can cope with having the same mix through each monitor, but we do like to have:

  • 2 monitors front, left and right.
  • 2 monitors rear, left and right.

We can cope with less, but we’ll frown.
If we’re playing suitably equipped venues (festival stages for instance) then an individual mix in each monitor is lovely.

INDIVIDUALS, INSTRUMENTS, REQUIREMENTS

Paul Chamberlain
Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals

  • Vocals: SM58 or similar.
  • Guitar and Uke: Paul plugs his guitar and ukulele into the two channels of his Marshall acoustic guitar amplifier.Minimal PA: We can function by just using Paul’s amplifier. The downside of that is that we end up having to turn it up fairly loud to get to reach the audience and that can be uncomfortable for us on stage. We do therefore prefer –Intermediate PA: Acoustic Guitar and Ukulele fed to PA via two DI Boxes which you will supply.Full PA: As above, Acoustic Guitar and Ukulele fed to PA via two DI Boxes which you will supply.

Sue Resuggan
Vocals, Hand Percussion

  • Vocals: SM58 or similar.
  • Hand Percussion doesn’t require anything in terms of PA. If the room is large Sue will shake stuff in the general proximity of the microphone.

Fi Holmes
Vocals, Flute, Bodhran, Hand Percussion

  • Vocals: SM58 or similar.
  • Flute: Fi uses the vocal mic for the flute.
  • Bodhran: In a small room the bodhran will usually carry fine without any help from a PA. We do however like the option of lifting a little where possible, therefore –Minimal PA: No support from PA required.Intermediate PA: Bodhran fed to PA from clip on mic which we will supply. You just provide the XLR cable.Full PA: As above, bodhran fed to PA from clip on mic which we will supply. You just provide the XLR cable.

Dave Howard
Vocals, Guitar

  • Vocals: SM58 or similar.
  • Guitar: Dave plays via a floor pedal unit which he feeds to a powered speaker on stage. As with Paul’s guitar above –Minimal PA: We can function with just Dave’s on-stage amplification. The downside of that is that we end up having to turn it up fairly loud to get to reach the audience and that can be uncomfortable for us on stage. We do therefore prefer –Intermediate PA: Guitar fed to PA via DI Box which you will supply.Full PA: As above, Guitar fed to PA via DI Box which you will supply.

Keith Yendell
Melodeon

  • Melodeon: Fed to PA via DI box which you will supply.

Leah Yendell
Fiddle

  • Fiddle: Leah plugs her fiddle into a Marshall acoustic amplifier.Minimal PA: We can function by just using Leah’s amplifier. The downside of that is that we end up having to turn it up fairly loud to get to reach the audience and that can be uncomfortable for us on stage. We do therefore prefer –Intermediate PA: Fiddle fed to PA via a DI Box which you will supply.Full PA: As above, Fiddle fed to PA via a DI Box which you will supply.

Martin Salter
U-Bass, Acoustic Bass

  • U-Bass, Acoustic Bass: Martin plugs his bass into an Ashdown bass amplifier.Minimal PA: We can function by just using Martin’s amplifier. The downside of that is that we end up having to turn it up fairly loud to get to reach the audience and that can be uncomfortable for us on stage. We do therefore prefer –Intermediate PA: Bass fed to PA via a DI Box which you will supply.Full PA: As above, bass fed to PA via a DI Box which you will supply

Freddie Gee
Drums, Percussion

  • Drums & Percussion: Freddie adapts the range of percussion he plays to suit the venue and event. In small venues the drums and percussion won’t need any support from the PA. For larger venues we start by micing the kick drum and snare and adding an overhead.Kick drum: AKG D112 or equivalent.
    Snare drum: Share SM57 or equivalent.
    Djembe: AKG D112 or equivalent.
    Hi-Hats: AKG C451 or equivalent.
    Rack Tom: Sennheiser E604 or equivalent.
    Overhead: AKG C451 or equivalent.

LIGHTS

Yes please, we’d like some.
If you have a moderately equipped lighting set up or better please let us know – we have people who know our set and who regularly work the lighting desk for us and we’ll  do our best to bring one of them to your venue, but otherwise a general wash will be fine.

As with PA, if your venue isn’t equipped with lights for the event we can bring some, but again we do generally make a separate charge for this and will need set up time.

SETTING UP and SOUNDCHECK

There are 7 or 8 of us. It takes a bit longer to get us on stage than the average acoustic duo. We’d suggest the following:

  • If we’re playing as part of an event with other artists, we’d like to set up our gear at the start of the night (assuming that it’s an evening event). We’ll move things out of the way for other acts, but then it will be a relatively simple job to quickly move things into place – and move them out of the way if we’re not on last. We’ll do both of these as quickly as possible.We can just about survive without a soundcheck, but its a traumatic experience and we’d ask that if a soundcheck isn’t possible that paramedics be standing by to deal with the symptoms of stress. We’d like to squeeze one in if we can.. even if it’s only a partial one with drums/percussion, bass and guitars.
  • If we’re using our own PA (and possibly lights) we will need approximately 2 hours to get equipment in, set up and soundcheck. If we’re doing this and you also have other artists playing at the event we’re happy to provide our facilities for the whole occasion, but there will be a charge for this.

MERCHANDISE

We have an album to sell.
Have we mentioned that?
If we could grab a table from which we can sell that and any other treats we may be pushing then that would be great.

GETTING THERE

Can you please let us have:

  • The full address of the venue, including any surprises that satnavs need to be aware of.
  • Any instructions we need for getting in – do we need to park by a rear entrance for instance? Are there stairs to navigate?
  • An indication of parking availability – we do try and rationalise transport but although its unlikely, potentially we could have 8 cars.
  • A phone number for someone we can contact if we run into difficulties.

HOSPITATLITY

Get us a drink?
Sandwiches and chips are welcome. We have a pescatarian in the band, but otherwise we’re not fussy.

GUEST LIST

We have 7 or 8 people in the band.
We also try to bring someone to handle the mix for us (see above).
We occasionally have someone to take care of lights if appropriate.

It is rare that each of those people will request a guest pass each – we all have the same friends! – however we would like to allow for that eventuality, that’s a potential guest list of 10. We know that’s a lot, but look at it this way – it guarantees an audience for anyone else who might be playing, the bar take goes up, and it’s cheaper than paying us minimum wage. We’ll let you know in advance who will be coming as part of the team, and therefore how many we’re likely to be asking for (as we said, it’s very rare that we’d need them all).

THANK YOU!

We hope you’ve found this information useful – as always if you have any questions about any of the above please do get in touch by email, text or phone: 07803 555 137.