About Us

A History of Square Roots Promotions

Previously known as KB Promotions, we have been promoting artists and bands for many years in and around Portsmouth and the South Coast.

We strive to put on the very best in Roots, Americana, Folk, Nu-Folk, Country, Alt-Country, Singers/Songwriters, and just about any other great music that I think deserves an audience.

The Early Years…

Have “dabbled” in putting on gigs on (but more often) and off for many years, starting when I left school when my good mate Kev and I put on an “alternative” night at the local “Basins” nightclub in the Tricorn in Portsmouth City Centre.

Bands such as Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Pop Will Eat Itself, The Three Johns, Screaming Blue Messiahs, Terry n Gerry, King Kurt, The Meteors all came and went in the twinkling of an eye!

When that came to an end we moved onto publishing the City’s best Fanzine, SIN (Safety In Numbers), culminating in the ill fated Portsmouth Music Festival where everyone got shafted by the promoters of this awful event!

KB Promotions…

Fast forward 20 years, and a chance meeting with Gerry Colvin and his band ColvinQuarmby, lured me into band management / agent type activity, and then when proper work interfered, I started putting on a few gigs for the bands and musicians that I liked.

ColvinQuarmby, Gerry Colvin Solo, Megson, Vin Garbutt, The Coal Porters to name but a few played some fantastic gigs for us, but again I took a few years sojourn due to proper work committments, until the lure of the possibility of putting on Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart (2 of my favourite singers / songwriters) proved too strong, and then all of a sudden I found myself back in the saddle again……

What better way of seeing fantastic musicians, than putting them on yourself?!!

Square Roots Promotions…

In 2012 we decide a new era has begun and Square Roots Promotions is born.  A new website and brand identity is created and we look forward to seeing the many great acts that are out there for years to come.

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