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(Message started by: S J Birkill on Today at 18:03)

Title: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by S J Birkill on Today at 18:03
Coming soon: news of an important concert performance by Pete, with backing musicians! You'll hear more about it in Pete's next newsletter, but if you're within trekking distance of Bristol I suggest you keep this date clear.

Steve

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Cary on Today at 19:44
Hey - that's my Birthday!!

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Ian Chippett on 15.01.07 at 06:16
It's also the day of La FÍte de la Musique in France when anyone can (and does) go out and play all night in the street if they like. Anything like that in GB these days?

Ian C

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Ian Chippett on 15.01.07 at 10:29
I wrote:

<<It's also the day of La FÍte de la Musique in France when anyone can (and does) go out and play all night in the street if they like. Anything like that in GB these days?>>

Oh no! Please read "if he (or she) likes." Got the "does" right and then the old vigilance slipped. Sorry.

Talking of celebrations, isn't this year going to see the 10th Anniversary of Midnight Voices? Anything lined up?

Ian C

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by naomi on 15.01.07 at 15:39
Yes, Ian, there is something related to that in Britain on June 21: Exhibition Road Music Day, in South Kensington, where, for the past couple of years there have been free music events all day at various organisations in that area of London.
Last year, I took part, giving my "Landscape of Exile" recital (settings of the words of Heinrich Heine and Bertolt Brecht), accompanied by Stephen Rose (the wonderful pianist you'll recall from PoD '04) at the Goethe-Institut.

We've been invited back this year - but NB: Midvodians' priority for June 21 is to
get to Bristol for Pete's gig  :), and I have no wish to divert them from that !!


Naomi

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by BogusTrumper on 15.01.07 at 17:07
Well, at least I have 5 months notice to arrange a business trip!

I will get to work on it

Title: June 21st -- St George's, Bristol
Post by S J Birkill on 16.01.07 at 20:44
Pete has now revealed details of the June 21st concert in his latest newsletter (http://www.peteatkin.com/mv/newsletter.php). What most makes it special is that he will be performing with backing instrumentalists. Pete writes:

"It will be just me (i.e. no support) but I'll be
doing it with a small but highly select group of musicians, including
at its core the admirable Simon Wallace on piano (latterly musical
director for next-big-thing Clare Teal, a bit of a J-A fan from his
student days, and no mean songwriter himself in collaboration with
the almost legendary Fran Landesman). We haven't finally decided on
the rest of the line-up - apart from me playing a bit of guitar -
but it will certainly include (string) bass, probably some kind of
percussion, and possibly a horn player, ideally someone who can
double maybe tenor sax and clarinet, that sort of thing."

Don't try to book yet -- wait for an announcement here. Any follow-up re the newsletter (rather than the gig announcement) to the Newsletter (http://www.peteatkin.com/cgi-bin/mv/YaBB.cgi?board=newsletter) board, please. Sign up for your own copy of the newsletter, direct from Pete, by email request to <newsletter (at) peteatkin (dot) com>.

Steve

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by David Morgan on 18.01.07 at 09:38
'It will be just me' - modest as ever. Mr Atkin, we want no support,  but we hope the headliners will play all night!

David M

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by BogusTrumper on 18.01.07 at 13:56
"Just Pete" will be plenty good enough for me if I can get to the UK at the time  :)

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Keith Busby on 18.01.07 at 15:18
I'll try to come over for some work in the BL, thereby making Pete a tax write-off.

Keith

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by BogusTrumper on 18.01.07 at 17:24
I am trying to get someone else to pay for the air fare and hotel  :)

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Keith Busby on 07.03.07 at 13:38
OK, fess up. Who's got a ticket for 21st June?

Keith

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Carole on 07.03.07 at 14:10
OK Sir, we fess. Three tickets booked! Not *too* long spent waiting on the phone.

Carole

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Keith Busby on 07.03.07 at 14:21
Booked online after waiting 20 mins on the phone. Sclonch to be arranged in due course, no doubt.

Keith

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Nedd on 08.03.07 at 19:27
Once you've booked on-line, how long should it take for their email confirmation to come through? My first attempt was timed out. It Said the second one had been accepted, but I ain't heard yet. Don't want to lose this by undue confidence in automatic systems! (but on the other hand I don't want to apply again and end up with 2 tickets.)

Nedd

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Keith Busby on 08.03.07 at 21:32
Hello, Nedd.

I got my e-mail confirmation immediately. You might want to call or e-mail them to check on the status of your booking.

See you there in any case.

Best,

Keith

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Secret Drinker on 09.03.07 at 10:31

on 03/07/07 at 13:38:58, Keith Busby wrote :
OK, fess up. Who's got a ticket for 21st June?

Keith


Our tickets have been ordered  :)

Thanks for the reminder, Keith.

Cheers

Paul

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Jan on 09.03.07 at 13:12

on 03/08/07 at 19:27:03, Nedd wrote :
Once you've booked on-line, how long should it take for their email confirmation to come through? My first attempt was timed out. It Said the second one had been accepted, but I ain't heard yet. Don't want to lose this by undue confidence in automatic systems! (but on the other hand I don't want to apply again and end up with 2 tickets.)

Nedd

I booked an hour ago but haven't had an email either. The Visa card has been debited so I'll give the box office a ring tonight to check everything is OK, they should be open this evening because there's a concert on.

Its a lovely venue and I've been a regular visitor since discovering it in 2000 when Pete did a gig there with Clive. The concerts are amazingly varied, artists are top notch and if you live close enough its worth becoming a Friend to get that priority booking.
The Steinway is superb, I'm sorry Pete won't be playing it, hope this Simon Wallace is OK  :)
Jan

Title: June 21st personnel
Post by Pete Atkin on 21.04.07 at 23:19
It'll be me (vocals and occasional acoustic guitar) plus
Simon Wallace (piano)
Mark Hodgson (bass)
and Roy Dodds (drums)

Pete

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by S J Birkill on 22.04.07 at 00:06
Students of our freshly revamped Smash Flops Front Page (http://www.peteatkin.com/pa.htm) will no doubt already have followed links to find out more about these gentlemen!

If you haven't visited recently, give it a go. If you have, but it doesn't look any different from last time, reload the page to refresh your cache. You should find the site easier to navigate, and in doing so may find resources that have previously been buried a few layers down. Also the broken off-site links have been fixed, though I notice one (what's up there, Cary?) has become defunct in the last couple of days.

Steve

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Cary on 22.04.07 at 18:29

on 04/22/07 at 00:06:34, S J Birkill wrote :
Also the broken off-site links have been fixed, though I notice one (what's up there, Cary?) has become defunct in the last couple of days.


No idea - but I'm trying to find out - thanks for telling me Steve .... hopefully back up soon.

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Kevin Cryan on 22.04.07 at 20:04
They are terrifically good, if not altogether surprising, choices, as they have both played with Sarah Moule, although not on recordings.

I caught both live at the 2004 Coventry Jazz Festival, Dodds drumming for the Jacqui Dankworth and her Musicians line-up and  Hodgson in the line-up of Bill Bruford's Earthworks (featuring Tim Garland) and I thought them both pretty good live.


Kevin Cryan


Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Kevin Cryan on 23.04.07 at 20:12
I forgot to mention that if you want to hear Mark Hodgson or Roy Dodds recording in some seriously classy company, you can always catch Hodgson on guitarist Louis Stewart (http://www.jazzcds.co.uk/artist_id_681/biography_id_681)'s Gift (http://www.jazzcds.co.uk/artist_id_681/cd_id_812) and Dodds on Christine Tobin (http://www.jazzcds.co.uk/artist_id_152/biography_id_152)'s first two albums Aililiu (http://www.jazzcds.co.uk/artist_id_152/cd_id_653) and Yell of the Gazelle (http://www.jazzcds.co.uk/artist_id_152/cd_id_654).

Yes, I'm unashamedly plugging Irish jazz artists. I don't apologise, simply because the opportunities remind people that my homeland does have a small but thriving jazz scene are about as rare as hen's teeth. Talking of teeth, I should add that Tobin cut her jazz teeth after she moved to England - so she can't be said to be part of the Irish scene.


Kevin Cryan

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Jan on 27.04.07 at 22:15
I thought it was about time to start looking for accommodation in Bristol for 21st June.
At present the Bristol Central Travelodge (http://www.travelodge.co.uk/find_a_hotel/hotel/hotel_id/78/BristolCentral) is offering room only at £49. Not particularly glamorous but pleasantly cheap for anyone not on expenses. I know at least 2 MVs are staying there.

Jan

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Pete Atkin on 28.04.07 at 09:02
Nothing wrong with Travelodges!  They are/were the most favoured source of accommodation on all of James & Atkin's UK tours.

And as far as the musos go, please let no one be concerned that their track record is an indication that I'm going to be going all jazzy.  Sure, there are elements, but then there always were.  These guys are simply top-end musicians who can do just about anything at all, and they've all played on all kinds of stuff.  Roy (drums), for instance, was the drummer in Fairground Attraction, and is still Eddi Reader's first choice.   I'm sufficiently excited by how it's all going that I'm very much hoping - intending - that we'll be able to come up with some other gigs together somewhere at some point.  But let's not get ahead of ourselves.   (No support, by the way, at St George's - 'fraid it's Atkin/James all the way - so be there, or, as my friend Dave says, be somewhere else.)

Pete

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Jan on 28.04.07 at 23:17

on 04/28/07 at 09:02:05, Pete Atkin wrote :
Nothing wrong with Travelodges! †They are/were the most favoured source of accommodation on all of James & Atkin's UK tours.

You just need to remember that they don't provide any of those little bottles so take your own shampoo, shower gel and gin. And a hairdrier.

Not entirely unconnected is this link on Clive's website:
http://www.clivejames.com/lyrics/programme
It reminded me of the Shrinks gig when the support was Pete Atkin (with  band) at the Polish Club in Bristol and Pete presented the assembled Midnight Voices with a carrier bag of muesli bars "left over from the tour".

Jan

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Keith Busby on 30.04.07 at 16:05
Wot, no gin? Glad I booked at the Premier Travel Inn, then. Sclonches to be arranged in due course, no doubt.

Keith

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Nedd on 01.05.07 at 18:26
 Jan said:  'It reminded me of the Shrinks gig when the support was Pete Atkin (with  band) at the Polish Club in Bristol and Pete presented the assembled Midnight Voices with a carrier bag of muesli bars "left over from the tour". '

So how long before we see them offered for sale on e-bay?

And did Clive find that the Cherry Ripe chocolate bars were as good as he remembered, or were they just a mess of sticky cochineal?

Nedd



Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Andy Love on 01.05.07 at 23:47
Hi Chorus

Nedd asks (probably in all innocence):


on 05/01/07 at 18:26:57, Nedd wrote :


So how long before we see them offered for sale on e-bay?


Of course, the literalists here in Completists' Corner moved to DefCon1 in an instant.

A brief rummage brought to light a Sainsbury's Chewy & Crisp Cereal Bar (with Chocolate Chip & Nut to boot).  In deeper strata of the archive I'm sure there are different confections to be discovered, and all from the occasion which Jan mentioned.  

What I need is for someone to write an item description that could con an unsuspecting e-bayer into bidding for one...

A.

Title: confectionery
Post by Nedd on 03.05.07 at 17:40
Hello Andy,

Thanks for the "probably"    er       I think.

Doesn't the value depend on whether the bars were handed out before or after Pete's deification?

If you had any of the rice-cake variety you could describe them as solidified Ambrosia....
[there doesn't appear to be a grinny thing for Groan].

Nedd

Title: Re: Confectionery
Post by Jan on 04.05.07 at 19:22
Andy, do you mean you have an actual bar and not just a wrapper?
What a completist!
Although somewhere in my loft is a flyer of similar age for an Amos Garrett concert in Bristol - and a setlist dated 2nd May 2002.

Jan

Title: St George's tickets
Post by Carole on 08.05.07 at 12:01
This is not a bright and breezy message I'm afraid. MV 'Fixture' and all round lovely chap Paul Gunningham has been badly hurt in a car crash and is in hospital. This happened in March and it was only a few days ago that he made enough progress to talk a little. It looks like being a long haul. His wife Frankie, who a lot of us know from various gigs, was also hurt but not so badly, broken arm and collar bone. I'm sure we all join together to send our very very best wishes for a full recovery to them both.

They had booked two tickets for St George's on June 21st and despite Frankie phoning the box office and explaining the situation, St George's will not refund unless the concert is fully booked and they can re-sell. So, can anyone who was thinking of going but not yet decided, take them off Frankie's hands? Centre stalls, E6 & 7, £15 each, no booking fee.

Probably best to IM me, or e-mail me (you know the address - yes you do) to save Frankie any more distractions and we can sort it out from there. First come.... take them if you can please.

Carole

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Gerry Smith on 08.05.07 at 15:35
What terrible news. So sorry to hear it.  Unfortunately, I have my tickets booked already so cannot help. Perhaps we could send a virtual Get Well card of some sort from the MV's?

And I feel bound to say, what a dismally pitiful approach St George's has adopted over the matter.

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by BogusTrumper on 08.05.07 at 18:01
That is absolutely terrible news.  I hope he continues to get better.

Maybe a MV forum just for well wishes?  :)

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by David Morgan on 08.05.07 at 18:27
Brings home the limitations of the Web - you don't know why a Fixture's stopped posting. St George's returns policy has the one benefit that we got to hear about Paul from Frankie, and can put collective mind-power into wishes for speedy recovery. As Paul's talking I hope it won't be long before he gets to read them here!

All the best & get back soon, Paul - I'm missing those Adge Cutler cultural references....

David M

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by SeŠn Kelly on 10.05.07 at 08:39
Huge best wishes to Paul and Frankie - Hope you are back with us soon!  
SeŠn

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by JtJ on 10.05.07 at 12:51
Hi Guys!

Sad news about Paul and Frankie.  Let's hope they get fixed soon.
I've always liked Paul and I hope it won't be too long before we can speak again.

All the best....

Title: St George's tickets
Post by Carole on 12.05.07 at 11:11
Paul and Frankie's tickets have now been sold. Thanks Richard!

Carole

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Keith Busby on 08.06.07 at 15:21
Carole has pointed out that there is a crypt bar at St. George's (http://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/harrysbarandcafe.php) which would make an obvious place for pre-, inter-, and post-concert sclonching on the 21st. We should take a moment to drink to the memory of our friend, Paul.

PM or IM me if anyone wants to meet for an early supper.

I'll only have sporadic internet access after next Saturday, 16th.

Looking forward to it.

Keith

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Jan on 11.06.07 at 19:15
The cafe bar at St George's serves meals. I haven't eaten there for about three years but the food used to be of the quiche/pizza/lasagne/jacket potatoes and salad variety.
I've started a group booking for the Midnight Voices with the box office (0845 4024001). At present there are three of us, Keith Busby, Nedd and myself. It opens at 6.30, eat at 6.45pm. Let the box office know if you want to join us, 10am-6pm Mon-Fri, 12-5pm on Sat, open later until the interval on concert days, tomorrow and most days from Thursday.
If you're in the area St George's have got their Midsummer Festival next weekend, usually very lovely, if you can get a ticket!

BTW There are loads of other restaurants of all varieties in the vicinity.

Jan

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by David Morgan on 13.06.07 at 18:19
Jan - Based on your good advice I've added my name to this and the Travelodge bookings. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

David M

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by paul.leighton on 21.06.07 at 10:24

Looking forward to bumping into a goodly number of fellow MV's at St George's in Bristol tonight.    Last time I saw Pete with a  "backing band" was at the University of Nottingham on May 4th 1974 on his Road of Silk Tour.  He had "borrowed" - I think that's the expression you used Pete - a rock band called Mama Flyer for a tour of the Universities....including Cambridge, Loughborough, Durham, Birmingham, Hull,  Cardiff...and Bristol!  

Best wishes to all...will be found in Harry's Bar during the interval!!

Paul

Title: Re: Major gig alert: June 21st
Post by Steve Brown on 22.06.07 at 17:15
Off topic replies have been moved to [link=http://www.peteatkin.com/cgi-bin/mv/YaBB.cgi?board=App;action=display;num=1182606003]This Thread[/link] by Gerry Smith.



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