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Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
« Reply #20: 31.01.08 at 20:48 »
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Whoever is maintaining the site has not picked up that it's Ralph Salmons on drums and percussion, not Roy Dodds.  
 
This will probably make no difference to the people who are going to the gig to see Pete, but it could be very disappointing for those who go for the sole purpose of hearing Mr. Dodds play,  or for those who may be deprived of an opportunity of hearing Mr. Salmons because they find out too late that he's on the bill.
 
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Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
« Reply #21: 01.02.08 at 02:14 »
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Hi, Jan.
 
My old French teacher, whom I tracked down after thirty-odd years, lives in the village of Sherington, a few miles from Wavendon. There is a very nice pub there with rooms in a converted barn where I have stayed. It's not cheap but very pleasant. Sauf erreur, it's whitehartsherington.co.uk
 
Hope all is well and sorry I'll miss the gig.
 
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Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
« Reply #22: 03.02.08 at 20:28 »
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There is a Premier Travel Inn just off the A5 one junction north of the roundabout at the south side of Milton Keynes.  It's about 2 miles from Wavendon and a straightforward route to it.
 
It's the Milton Keynes South hotel on the www.premierinn.com website.
 
Look forward to seeing folks there.
 
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Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
« Reply #23: 03.02.08 at 22:33 »
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Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
« Reply #24: 05.02.08 at 08:36 »
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This may help some of you navigate the site.
 
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Booking Dates:
 
Gold Booking opens 02/02/2008***
Silver Booking opens 02/02/2008**
Bronze Booking opens 07/02/2008*
Public Booking opens 12/02/2008
 
Box Office - 01908 280800

 
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For an explanation of of how the preferential booking works, you should read the following.
 
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Friends

Becoming a Friend of The Stables not only entitles you to some great benefits but also provides an annual source of funds which contributes to the development of our music, entertainment and education activities.  
 
By joining the Friends scheme, members play a valuable part in enabling The Stables to fulfil its vision to present concerts and music workshops of outstanding quality at our unique venue. Friends also provide valuable feedback about our activities.
 
Friends enjoy a closer relationship with The Stables by being kept up to date with the latest Stables news and benefit from priority booking and exclusive Friends offers and discounts.
 
Voting Membership of Wavendon AllMusic Plan Ltd
The Stables is owned by a charity, Wavendon AllMusic Plan (reg. charity number 261645). All Friends are entitled to become a voting member of WAP as part of their benefit package (normal fee is £5). Voting members are entitled to attend and vote at the General Meetings, choose Trustees and become Trustees. As a voting member, you agree to contribute £4 towards any debts or liabilities of the charity in the event of it being wound up either when you are a member of within a year of ceasing to be a member.
 
If you would like to become a voting member of WAP, please tick the box on the Friends application form.  
 
Gift Membership
Friends membership makes an ideal gift for music lovers or frequent Stables attenders. When purchasing a Friends membership as a gift you will be given the option of receiving the membership pack yourself or it can be sent directly to the new member on your behalf.
 
Click here to request a Gift Membership form.
 
There are three levels of Friends membership:
 
Bronze Friends (from £15)*
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Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
« Reply #25: 05.02.08 at 17:18 »
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Thanks Keith and Colin for the hotel suggestions. The Premier Travel Inn looks pretty convenient although Keith's suggestion looks lovely, (I'll probably use that one if my husband decides he's coming with me).  
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« Reply #26: 18.03.08 at 16:01 »
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I hope everyone here has done his or her best to clear Friday April 4th, and that a great many of you are now in possession of tickets for this high-profile gig. This looks like being the closest we'll come to an MV Event this year, unless I'm missing something. The venue is well placed (on the edge of Milton Keynes) for access by all, being near the Nation's population centroid and right on the motorway network.  
 
Are there any plans for a pre-gig Voices gathering? The 'sclonching' tradition is in need of a boost up the bum -- if any informal groups are in the process of forming, it would be good to announce it here with a view to amalgamation -- should be a great opportunity to catch up with fellow members in person and share gossip.
 
Alternatively, it could be the perfect occasion to invite your never-quite-convinced (or even 'never-heard-of-him') friends along to see in person what all the fuss is about.
 
Most of all, here's a rare chance to hear Pete at his 21st-Century best, with a 4-piece jazz-inflected band, and possibly even a little harmonic support from (MV member) Sarah Moule.
 
Tickets are still available, direct from The Stables, Wavendon. See you there!
 
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Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
« Reply #27: 18.03.08 at 17:38 »
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Holiday Inn Express, Milton Keynes currently charging £43 per night including breakfast.
I hope its not too far from Wavendon. Looks as though its about 3 miles (but you know Milton Keynes!)
 
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Re: Event of the Year [The Stables]
« Reply #28: 18.03.08 at 18:14 »
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on 18.03.08 at 16:01, S J Birkill wrote:
The 'sclonching' tradition is in need of a boost up the bum

 
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Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
« Reply #29: 23.03.08 at 17:44 »
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I was thinking of booking a table at  
Cafe in 2
at the Stables (if its open on Friday 4th) is anyone else interested?
I'll book it in the name of Midnight Voices later this evening and post a message on here when I've done it. If you reply on list or send me a message before that I'll include you.
If you don't know any other MVs please join us anyway, you'll be made welcome!
 
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Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
« Reply #30: 28.03.08 at 15:36 »
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Hello,
 
Yes please. I've been trying to answer direct but my messages keep coming back marked "Cancel send" or "done but with error on page", so I don't know whether it's gone through or not. Is it just this ancient machine / ancient user?  
 
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Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
« Reply #31: 28.03.08 at 16:28 »
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Hello Nedd,
 
You'll have seen my IM reply to your IM, but for the sake of others in doubt:
 
"Cancel Send" isn't an error message, it's a normal option, available for messages in your Outbox which you've posted but they haven't yet been opened by the recipient. Perhaps Jan hasn't yet picked up that one? When she does, the 'closed' envelope graphic changes to an 'open' one, and the 'cancel send' option disappears.
 
The usual reasons for 'send error' messages are mailboxes having reached their storage quota. Your Outbox can hold 50 IMs and your Inbox 100, so it's a good idea to clear out the old ones once in a while, either by deleting them or moving them to your Store, which can hold 2000 messages.
 
Get back to me by IM if you're still having probs...
 
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Event of the Year [Re: The Stables]
« Reply #32: 01.04.08 at 17:54 »
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Midnight Voices is experiencing a flush of new members today, perhaps as a result of the Guardian story "My Life in Lyrics -- Clive James" (see this post).
 
Time for a reminder (to bring the subject back onto our 'Recent Posts' list, at least) of the big concert coming up this very Friday at the Dankworths' home theatre, the Stables at Wavendon, Milton Keynes. This is the perfect opportunity to make (or renew) your acquaintance with the songs of Pete Atkin and Clive James. Tickets can be bought on line, here, and good seats are still to be had in front stalls and the balcony.
 
I hope to meet some of you there!
 
Steve Birkill,  
 
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Re: The Stables - disappointing news
« Reply #33: 02.04.08 at 15:08 »
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I'm really sorry to have to say that Alan Barnes has had to pull out of Friday's gig.  We're not going to attempt to replace him, so it'll be just me (and Sarah M) and the trio.
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Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
« Reply #34: 04.04.08 at 01:37 »
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I'm sorry to say that I will be unable to attend The Stables gig later today, but here's hoping that you all have a fabulous evening. I'll look forward to reading the reviews.
 
Despite my non-attendance, I would echo Pete's disappointment that Alan Barnes is unable to appear. He is a truly awesome saxophonist (as well as clarinettist and flautist) and has been described as the best sax player this country has ever produced.
 
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Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
« Reply #35: 04.04.08 at 08:22 »
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Hi folks. I'll be there together with my sister Shirley - we have both been deserted by our spouses this evening. Shirley has never heard Pete perform so go easy on her! She has a vague recollection of hearing me play PA albums in her teens (she's six years younger than me) but only really remembers Honky Tonky Train as I perform it incessantly at family celebrations.
 
I echo Steve's comment about a slonch (spelling?). We are leaving Edgware by car at 6.15 and - Friday night traffic on the M1 permitting - hope to arrive by 7.30 latest. Is there an obvious bar to gather at? We won;tbe able to make dinner but certainly I'd like to meet up with friends old and new before (and after too?) the gig.
 
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Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
« Reply #36: 05.04.08 at 09:29 »
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Can I be the first to say what a great night last night was! It was the first time I have ever heard Pete perform with any backing - I never saw him with the band in the seventies and missed both the St George's and Newbury concerts last year. So this was a real treat.  
 
The songs really come to life with a sympathetic accompaniment. Simon Wallace's piano-playing is extraordinary, and his deep jazz understanding gave songs like Thirty year Man an authentic touch. No time now for a proper review. but let me list the songs I remember Pete performing, in no particular order:
 
Honky Tonk Train (encore)
Empty Tables
BOTBS
Perfect Moments
Be Careful when they offer you the Moon (with Sarah Moule)
Touch has a Memory
Laughing Boy
Sessionman Blues
Payday Evening
Screenfreak
Between Us there is nothing
Senior Citizens
Thief in the Night (sans guitar)
Faded Mansion
Thirty Year Man
 
May be others which have escaped me (no pen!) but I'm sure other attendees can fill in.
 
As always, a pleasure to see fellow Voices - Alan, Naomi (hope you got home okay), Steve, Carole, Alexis, Andy, Janice, Sylfest et al.
 
And let me not end without giving due credit to Sarah Moule's great opening set, include PA/CJ composition The Flowers and the Rain, which in her words remains unrequited love but this time by the wife who married the wrong guy. Sarah has a wonderful voice and I particularly loved the Wallace/Landesmann songs. Bought the album too!
 
And my sister really enjoyed the concert too - another MV Vol 1 sale!
 
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Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
« Reply #37: 05.04.08 at 11:18 »
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I agree with Leslie - a real treat. Pete was in fine form and it's marvellous to hear the songs with such accomplished backing. Although the venue was by no means full (someone mentioned it being the start of half-term) the audience was very enthusiastic.  
 
May I just single out for special mention the ab fab piano playing of Simon Wallace? He's just so good. I especially liked his playing on Payday Evening - it really jazz-rocked in the middle bit - and the intro to Laughing Boy was to-die-for too.  
 
Good to meet up with all the usual suspects, more attended than I had expected to see, and especially good to see Frankie Gunningham there.
 
More please...soon!
 
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Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
« Reply #38: 05.04.08 at 11:52 »
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Amazing professionalism from substitute drummer Ralph Salmins. I learned from Simon W that they'd had no rehearsal time before Ralph arrived at the Stables last night, less than 3 hours before the performance. He didn't miss a beat!
 
And I thought I'd spotted a slight grin at some of the lyrics too, as if he'd not heard them before.
 
Sorry about the misspelling of Ralph's name on the SF Website, BTW. I've fixed it now -- Sarah Moule mentioned she'd given us a plug on her site, which is where I saw the correct version.
 
Oh yes, and we just simply must have more Atkin/Moule harmony singing!
 
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Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
« Reply #39: 06.04.08 at 17:51 »
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Sarah Moule opened the proceedings, I enjoyed her set very much. The items were taken from her new CD A Lazy Kind of Love plus two standards:
 
1.  I love the life I live and I live the life I love (Willie Dixon)
2.  A lazy kind of love (Burchill/Landesman/Wallace)
3.  I was lost  (Landesman/Wallace)
4.  That old black magic (Arlen/Mercer)
5. I will write my book (Joe Henry)
Sarah mentioned that she's been introduced to this song by Pete Atkin
6. I fall in love too easily (Styne/Cahn)
7. Secret of silence (Landesman/Wallace)
8. The flowers and the wine (Atkin/James)
This was the really interesting one for MVs. As she sang the first line (correct me if I've got this wrong):  
Another night you've been to visit me and him comes to an end.
you wondered how this was going to work. It did work beautifully, turning the song inside out and adding a whole load of possible new interpretations. Leslie has just mentioned one possibility. I would suggest another, the partner's friend, invited initially because he's lonely, new to the area, ... You could even link it to Get it out of your head
You'll just have to buy the CD to see what you think!  
9. Devil may care (Dorough/Kirk)
 
After the interval we heard Pete's set which was made up mainly of songs from the new CD, typically many of them sounded interestingly different from the recorded tracks. The set also included a couple of unexpected items:
 
1.  Perfect moments
2.  I wouldn't hear a word against the Spring.  
Very suitable for a jazz trio.
3.  Thief in the night
4.  Between us there is nothing
Lovely as usual
5.  Sessionman's blues
6.  An empty table
7.  Beware of the beautiful stranger (Guitar + bass)
8.  Senior citizens
9.  I've got me to thank (Guitar)
Gosh! Its depressing!
10. Payday evening
11. Touch has a memory
12. The faded mansion on the hill
13. Screen freak
This one was absolutely perfect.
14. Laughing boy
The intro to this was so good that I thought I'd guessed the title wrongly and nearly crossed it out.
15. Thirty year man
16. Be careful when they offer you the moon (with Sarah Moule)
17. The original original honky tonk night train blues
 
Its good to hear these songs with the piano, bass and percussion. Clive has commented in the past that working with Pete they produced something, with the songs, which neither could have produced alone and when musicians of the calibre of Simon Wallace are added then the result is even more interesting because they don't keep rigidly to a score but make their own contributions.
 
If you weren't able to get to Wavendon then try to get to: 606 Club Chelsea on Monday May 12th
 
It was nice to meet up with Leslie, John, Naomi, Alan, Andy and Kevin as well as Nedd, Carole, Alexis and Steve.
 
BTW Sarah Moule's CD also includes Pete Atkin singing harmony vocals on one track 'Living In Overdrive'
 
Jan
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