Rarely Unable Music Promotion

Rarely Unable specialises in music PR of all kinds including album campaigns, tour promotion, PR consultation, European promotion, press junkets and social network development. We’re happy to adhere to conventional workable timelines but even happier when opportunities to work more unconventionally arise.  

To effectively promote in this industry, you have to genuinely believe in the music and the people behind it; authenticity speaks louder than everything else. When you work with Rarely Unable, you’ll be working with a warm and friendly team who always meet the bands, musicians and labels in person, rarely miss a show and is committed to building a long-term working relationship; many of our clients have been with us for over 12 years.

Our reputation is built on a work ethic of communicative honesty and tireless dedication. Rarely Unable maintain a creative and progressive approach to promotion by;

·      Being prepared to adapt to the ever-changing face of the industry

·      Achieving the needs of the media without compromising artistic integrity

·      Seeking out new fans in new places

·      Find the ears for a multitude of music styles both known and unknown

·      Being persuasive, not pushy

Focused on a roster of ambitious, progressive, fearlessly creative artists we welcome and can service high profile names as well as emerging talent.

Lauren Barley – Rarely Unable


Greg Werckman – Ipecac RecordingsGreg Werckman – Ipecac RecordingsIpecac Recordings

“I have been working with Lauren for a loooong time (the early 1800s I believe.) She is a breath of fresh air in the publicity world. She has great patience and always has a progress report or update ready for you. More than anything….she is honest! You can’t go wrong with Rarely Unable.”

John Doran – Editor/Founder The Quietus/VICE/Metal Hammer/NOISEYJohn Doran – Editor/Founder The Quietus/VICE/Metal Hammer/NOISEYThe Quietus

“There can be a tendency among the less well-informed in the music industry to look down on those in PR as at best a necessary evil and at worst money grubbing snake oil salesmen. The truth of the matter is that no one does a band more favours than a good PR however and Lauren Barley is one of the best in the world. More than most writers or colleagues or pundits or opinionated guys on a message boards, Lauren ensures a constant stream of weird and wonderful music to my inbox and through my mail slot. She is always on hand to arrange guest list spaces for gigs and interviews no matter how odd or difficult the circumstances and because I trust her taste in music and her independent/ethical instincts, music she sends me always goes to the top of the listening pile. If there were more people like her in the industry, it’s my opinion that it would be in a much healthier state than it is.”

Allison Schnackenberg – Owner at Southern RecordsAllison Schnackenberg – Owner at Southern RecordsSouthern Records

“The world of PR is unfortunately peppered with companies and individuals who do a great job of selling you a service, but rarely deliver the results they allude to. Lauren is a rare exception to this – she is driven by her incredible integrity and stunning work ethic to provide a service which is equal to the promises she makes. I have worked with many PRs in my time and I would recommend none higher than Rarely Unable. I trust no one else with my projects.”

Little Annie Bandez – Tortured Soul Singer/Actress/ Painter/ Writer & Ordained MinisterLittle Annie Bandez – Tortured Soul Singer/Actress/ Painter/ Writer & Ordained MinisterLittle Annie

“Great results. Lovely to work with, goes above and beyond PR. She’s imaginative, works hard and gets results, which in public relations is not always the case. A+.”

Kelly Bennaton – Events Coordinator at Association of Independent MusicKelly Bennaton – Events Coordinator at Association of Independent MusicAssociation of Independent Music

“Lauren hired me in 2008 as an intern at Southern Records. I can honestly say that Lauren was, and still is, a complete inspiration to me – passionate, dedicated and extremely knowledgeable. As well as working tirelessly for the bands and labels she represented, Lauren went out of her way to ensure I got the most out of the internship and to make me feel welcome.”

Lee Edwards – Editor at The Sleeping Shaman / Founder of Shaman RecordingsLee Edwards – Editor at The Sleeping Shaman / Founder of Shaman RecordingsThe Sleeping Shaman

“I’ve been working with Lauren for a number of years now and it’s a refreshing change to be in touch with a representative who actually replies to emails, she’s professional, yet passionate about the music she helps promote and does her upmost to make sure we have everything we need to cover the bands/labels she represents, be it promos, guestlist places for gigs or hooking us up for interviews, and off the back of this, when I started my label, she was always the number one choice for PR as she understood my needs and was flexible to work around my available budget, thanks Lauren, long may it continue!”

Guy Hirst

"Tirelessly committed - this is the impression that emanates from Lauren if you should ever have the privilege to work with her. I was hired as an intern for Rarely Unable in 2014 and when I reflect back on the experience I'm always inspired by Lauren's determination and her refreshing positivity. Lauren clearly believes in the artists she's promoting, and also believed in my abilities as an intern, which was highly appreciated. The work I was doing was largely tailored to my interests to ensure the experience was mutually beneficial and she was always patient, helpful and constructive in her feedback. The internship was done remotely however we maintained in almost constant online/phone contact so I was never left in the dark, on the contrary - i was kept very, very busy!"