"Your music was a real crowd-pleaser."- Gail McWilliam-Jellie / Entertainment Coordinator, Eastern States Exposition
"Purly has the kind of strength that enables her to
hold an audience in the palm of her hand in a
manner that seems effortless and casual."
- Erica Radich, Monadnock Arts Council, Keene, NH
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Purly Gates is a well-seasoned, uniquely creative, entertaining singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who enjoys singing for (and with) folks of all ages. She is based in Central Texas, with frequent concert tours to various parts of the country as well. Year-round she performs at festivals, corporate events, coffeehouses, clubs, schools, libraries, retirement and senior communities.... wherever people gather!
ABOUT THE PROGRAMS
Purly's programs are filled with original songs, popular swing tunes from the 1930's-40's, humorous folk, cowboy and traditional songs plus a few instrumentals as well. Audiences
enjoy singing along on the familiar songs.Purly will quickly have them joining in on the chorus
of ones they've never heard before. She may also recite some cowboy poetry, or tell a tall
tale - if the moment is right. Purly can tickle even the toughest funny bone!
As a SOLO act, Purly accompanies her vocals with guitar, banjo, ukulele, accordion and
harmonica ..... but not all at the same time! At some point, she'll most likely pull out the
Limberjack (a small, wooden dancing puppet). He's a sure-fire hit with all ages!
The DUO/TRIO options add fiddle or mandolin, and bass. Both add vocal texture and more
instrumental styles, plus the option for a simple square dance, the 'old-style crowd mixer'.
A typical show runs about 50 minutes. So everyone can hear clearly, Purly usually sets up
a very small PA system, unless quality equipment is available at the venue. If the audience
size is small and the room quiet and small, the PA system may not be necessary.
WHAT PRESENTERS HAVE SAID ABOUT PURLY'S SHOWS
"Our naturalist said you were a big hit and did a really great job. He especially loved how you got the audience involved." - Elisabeth Neely, Portland, OR Metro Parks & Green Spaces/ Oxbow Park
"Your music was a real crowd-pleaser." - Gail McWilliam-Jellie/ NH Dept. of Agriculture, Entertainment Coordinator for the BIG E (Eastern States Exposition), NH Pavillion
"You were wonderful! I love the way you mix old folk songs and original tunes. The different instruments you play and the little bits of history you throw in to your act make it unique."
- Jane Schaefer, Texas Book Festival, Austin, TX
"We are an Assisted and Independent Living senior community and every one of our residents loves it when Purly performs! As a musician myself, I can attest to her talent. Her vocals are great, and the music selection she plays is enjoyed by all, including staff." -Shana Davis, Activ. Director/Bentley Commons, Keene, NH
"You really know how to work a crowd! You're terrific!!" -Ruby Burton, Activities, St. David's, Austin, TX
"You connect well with the residents! You talk to them. You have a great show goin' - you have a great style and you also have a great selection of music."
- Andrew Robinson, Activities Director, Vista Oaks, Lakeway, TX
COWGAL POETRY SAMPLES (excerpts)
Take Care of the Land, © P. Gates, 2013
This is a short video of me leading a song I had just written. [10.8MB]
Give it a minute or so to download.
Many factors are involved in fee structure, such as: how many musicians, how many & length of sets, how many dates are booked, audience size, PA system requirements, etc.
A live phone conversation is best to get an accurate quote.
This will give you an idea of fee ranges:
SOLO FEES ......... $300-450/one set
DUO FEES ......... $475-600/one set
TRIO FEES ......... $650-850/one set
Travel fees may apply for venues 50+ miles from home.
Lodging (provided by the venue) may be required for venues more than 100 miles from home.
*Please send an email with details on your venue & event, and your phone number, to get an accurate fee quote.
Contact Sound Music for questions, fee quotes, availability & booking: firstname.lastname@example.org