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Title: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Pete Atkin on Today at 14:41
Yes, folks, it's a date.  The official release date of the 'Midnight Voices' CD will be somewhere around then, so we'll attempt to make it a bit special.  'We' being me and the guys, for I shall indeed be performing there once again with the band.  I shall be sharing the gig (and the band) with the divine Mrs Wallace (aka Sarah Moule), so I'm hopeful she can be persuaded to contribute a bit of harmony enhancement at some point.

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2007
Post by Pete Atkin on Today at 15:01
Oo-er, I've done one of those thingies - two thousand and EIGHT!  (You can't change the thread title, can you, Gerry?)

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2007
Post by Richard Bleksley on Today at 15:16
Another senior moment, Pete?

Seriously, sounds good...

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by naomi on Today at 15:26
Milton Keynes (the town is now restored to that title after being known in the 1980s as Milton Friedman), here we come !!

See you there,
Naomi
:)

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by S J Birkill on Today at 15:37
Hi Pete!

That seems to have done the trick -- I'll know for sure when I click thi

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by BogusTrumper on Today at 16:47

on 01/14/08 at 15:37:00, S J Birkill wrote :
That seems to have done the trick -- I'll know for sure when I click thi


:D  Nice one

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Kevin Cryan on Today at 22:05

on 01/14/08 at 15:26:10, naomi wrote :
Milton Keynes (the town is now restored to that title after being known in the 1980s as Milton Friedman)................!!

See you there,
Naomi
:)

Naomi.

I think that we may find that it was was called Milton Freedman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Friedman) only by a few wits who mistakenly think (http://www.999miltonkeynes.com/) that the place was given its name to commemorate the poet, John Milton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Milton), and the economist, John Maynard Keynes (http://cepa.newschool.edu/het/profiles/keynes.htm).


Looking froward to yet another visit to that part of the world,


Kevin Cryan



Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by jaybarber on 15.01.08 at 08:01
Kevin,                                                                                                                                     Milton Keynes was named after the two economists - John Maynard Keynes (as you identified) and Milton Friedman.






Jaybarber

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Kevin Cryan on 15.01.08 at 08:42

on 01/15/08 at 08:01:26, jaybarber wrote :
Kevin,                                                                                                                                     Milton Keynes was named after the two economists - John Maynard Keynes (as you identified) and Milton Friedman.






Jaybarber


What I said is that people mistakenly think (http://www.999miltonkeynes.com/) it was named after Keynes. In fact, the name came from the village of Milton Keynes*, a name which pedates by some considerable time the birth dates of both economists.

(Incidentally the economist's name is pronounced Kaynes not Keynes, so if the town fathers had been serious about the association they would have insisted on the place being pronounciation being  Kaynes.) with the emphasis on the a).


Kevin Cryan

* "Milton Keynes Village (http://www.mkheritage.co.uk/tva/MKvil/moreaboutmk.html)

When the new city of Milton Keynes was planned in the 1960s, those searching for a name lighted on the ancient village of Milton Keynes, which was within the designated area and appeared to have attractive associations with the poet and economist. In fact, the village had been named in Saxon times, and appeared in the Domesday book as Mideltone. This meant the middle of three settlements or farmsteads, the other settlements probably being Brotone (Broughton) and Waltone (Walton). The Keynes suffix was added in the twelfth century when the Lords of the Manor were of the de Kaynes Family. The first part of the name was gradually shortened to Milton, although some documents used the form Middleton right up to the nineteenth century. The Milton Keynes Development Corporation re-used the name Middleton for the 'grid square' in which the village sits, so things have come full circle!"





Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Simon Reap on 15.01.08 at 09:41
Is this the only gig currently planned?  I'm not sure my wife would accept that I have better things to do on our wedding anniversary than be with her.....

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Gerry Smith on 16.01.08 at 13:19

on 01/14/08 at 15:01:20, Pete Atkin wrote :
Oo-er, I've done one of those thingies - two thousand and EIGHT!  (You can't change the thread title, can you, Gerry?)


Oops, sorry Pete, you caught me sleeping at my post, but I see Steve's already done it!

Great news about the gig, will be there with bells on (hang on, that's Andy, isn't it ;-)

Gerry

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Ian Chippett on 16.01.08 at 14:55
Simon wrote:

<<Is this the only gig currently planned?  I'm not sure my wife would accept that I have better things to do on our wedding anniversary than be with her..... >>

I recommend saying that you simply forgot rather than you had something better to do since wives are never really surprised when we forget birthdays, anniversaries etc. The consequences will be just as devastating either way but using forgetfulness as an excuse should reduce the period of domestic silence, washing your own shirts, ironing etc to a matter of months.

Ian C

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Keith Busby on 19.01.08 at 14:27
Even I can't swing this one, I'm afraid, so you'll have to manage without me for once.

Greetings from a chilly Wisconsin (currently -6F).

Keith

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by naomi on 19.01.08 at 22:27
We'll give you a full report, Keith.

Greetings from balmy London (daytime temps currently nearly 60F !!)

N

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Pete Atkin on 22.01.08 at 17:09
I'm glad to be able to confirm that the backing trio will be augmented by Alan Barnes and his horns.  Another first!

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Rob Spence on 22.01.08 at 18:56

on 01/22/08 at 17:09:48, Pete Atkin wrote :
I'm glad to be able to confirm that the backing trio will be augmented by Alan Barnes and his horns.  Another first!

Great stuff! Any chance of Chris Spedding?

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Kevin Cryan on 22.01.08 at 22:07

on 01/22/08 at 18:56:55, Rob Spence wrote :
Great stuff! Any chance of Chris Spedding?


Speaking of Chris (http://www.chrisspedding.com/),  I can tell you that his classic recording of his 1991 concerts in Bremen Gesundheit! (http://www.chrisspedding.com/solo/album/gesund.htm) was repackaged - not very attractively, I must say - by the budget label, Prism Leisure, as Motor Bikin’(PLATCD 720) and that copies of this this - Motor Bikin', that is - are now turning up at rock-bottom prices in places like Poundland.

If you are not sure you'll like Chris's post Atkin stuff, then Gesundheit! is a good place to start trying it out, and if you don't want to go to any great expense seeing whether or not it's to your taste, then it's worth keeping an eye open for Motor Bikin'. I don't suppose any place is selling if for more than a fiver, and I know one, Poundland, which is selling it for, well, a pound.  


Kevin Cryan



Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by naomi on 22.01.08 at 22:46
Excellent news about Mr Barnes !
Am much looking forward to this gig.

Naomi

PS - am also looking forward to visiting the venue, having heard so much about it and being a big fan of Dame Cleo and Sir John

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Pete Atkin on 24.01.08 at 07:55
OK, so the full line-up (in addition to me) is as follows:

Simon Wallace - piano, MD
Mark Hodgson - bass
Ralph Salmons - drums, percussion (Mr Dodds is not available)
Alan Barnes - saxes, clarinet

all of whom will also accompany the divine Miss M's opening set.

I do hope that as many MVs as possible will be able to make it if only to help justify the Stables' leap of faith.   I think it should be fun.

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Jan on 31.01.08 at 16:55
The date is now up on The Stables website.

http://www.stables.org/Whats_on/All/April_2008

Now does anyone know any suitable local hotels?

Jan

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Kevin Cryan on 31.01.08 at 20:48
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.

Kevin Cryan


Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Keith Busby on 01.02.08 at 02:14
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.

Keith

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Colin Crooks on 03.02.08 at 20:28
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.

Colin

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by naomi on 03.02.08 at 22:33
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Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Kevin Cryan on 05.02.08 at 08:36
This may help some of you navigate the site.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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 (http://www.stables.org/Information/booking_information/how_to_book)


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Kevin Cryan


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 (emma.darnell@stables.org) to request a Gift Membership form.

There are three levels of Friends membership:

Bronze Friends (http://www.stables.org/Support_us/Friends/Bronze) (from £15)*
Silver Friends (http://www.stables.org/Support_us/Friends/Silver) (from £50)**
Gold Friends (http://www.stables.org/Support_us/Friends/Gold) (from £150)***


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Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Jan on 05.02.08 at 17:18
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).
Jan

Title: Event of the Year [Re: The Stables]
Post by S J Birkill on 18.03.08 at 16:01
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 (http://www.peteatkin.com/cgi-bin/mv/YaBB.cgi?board=ods;action=display;num=1199560387) 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 (http://www.stables.org/Whats_on/Event/Pete_Atkin). See you there!

Steve

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Jan on 18.03.08 at 17:38
Holiday Inn Express, Milton Keynes (http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/ex/925/en/home) 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!)

Jan

Title: Re: Event of the Year [The Stables]
Post by Seán Kelly on 18.03.08 at 18:14

on 03/18/08 at 16:01:44, S J Birkill wrote :
The 'sclonching' tradition is in need of a boost up the bum


Sounds Nasty!  :)

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Jan on 23.03.08 at 17:44
I was thinking of booking a table at
Cafe in 2 (http://www.stables.org/Information/Cafe_in2)
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!

Jan

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Nedd on 28.03.08 at 15:36
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?  

Nedd

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by S J Birkill on 28.03.08 at 16:28
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...

Steve

Title: Event of the Year [Re: The Stables]
Post by S J Birkill on 01.04.08 at 17:54
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 (http://www.peteatkin.com/cgi-bin/mv/YaBB.cgi?board=Words;action=display;num=1207034889;start=0#0) 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 (http://www.stables.org/Whats_on/Event/Pete_Atkin), and good seats are still to be had in front stalls and the balcony.

I hope to meet some of you there!

Steve Birkill,

Administrator, Midnight Voices

Title: Re: The Stables - disappointing news
Post by Pete Atkin on 02.04.08 at 15:08
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.

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Gerry Smith on 04.04.08 at 01:37
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.

Gerry

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Leslie Moss on 04.04.08 at 08:22
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.

Leslie

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Leslie Moss on 05.04.08 at 09:29
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!

Leslie


Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Carole on 05.04.08 at 11:18
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!

Carole

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by S J Birkill on 05.04.08 at 11:52
Amazing professionalism from substitute drummer Ralph Salmins (http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=15130691). 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 (http://www.peteatkin.com/pa.htm#gigs) Website, BTW. I've fixed it now -- Sarah Moule mentioned she'd given us a plug on her (http://www.sarahmoule.net/news.html) site, which is where I saw the correct version.

Oh yes, and we just simply must have more Atkin/Moule harmony singing!

Steve

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Jan on 06.04.08 at 17:51
Sarah Moule opened the proceedings, I enjoyed her set very much. The items were taken from her new CD A Lazy Kind of Love (http://www.sarahmoule.net/music/lazy_kind_of_love.html)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 (http://www.606club.co.uk/) 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
(In snowy Yorkshire)

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by naomi on 06.04.08 at 20:36
Many thanks, Jan, for your characteristically full and accurate report on what was a highly enjoyable evening ...

And my especially grateful thanks to Leslie and his sister Shirley, to whom this time fell the dubious privilege of driving me back to London in time for the last Tube home and waiting outside the station to make sure that I hadn't missed it. (... After the Newbury gig that signal honour went to Cathy and Geoff !)

Yes, I did get that train, Leslie !

Naomi

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Kevin Cryan on 07.04.08 at 08:00

on 04/06/08 at 17:51:21, Jan wrote :
Sarah Moule opened the proceedings, I enjoyed her set very much. The items were taken from her new CD A Lazy Kind of Love (http://www.sarahmoule.net/music/lazy_kind_of_love.html)..........



...........................

You'll just have to buy the CD to see what you think!

...................



Jan

(In snowy Yorkshire)




It can be bought online from Red Ram Records (http://www.redramrecords.com/)

Jan omitted to mention that Sarah is launching it at the 606 Club Chelsea (http://www.606club.co.uk/)on
April the 23rd (http://www.606club.co.uk/whatson2008/whatson_apr08.html#Anchor-Wedns-6296).




Quote:
......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, ...

......................................

Jan

(In snowy Yorkshire)





While I agree that Sarah's version of The Flowers and The Wine (http://www.peteatkin.com/b4c.htm) is very fine indeed, I have to say the version as written contains within it a few more interesting possibilities than the amended version does.

For example, there is the possibility that the whole affair is in the mind of the speaker, that he thinks that the lady in question is arranging tête-à-têtes, when in fact she merely trying to keep a friendship going.

The is also the possibility that she is something of a femme fatale who enjoys having more than one admirer at a time.

Both of those interpretations, and indeed others that suggest themselves, make the protagonist a more interesting - not to say more disturbing - character than he is in the revision.

I believe that the the song is Clive and Pete's majestically successful attempt to achieve what Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen achieved with One for My Baby (and One More for the Road) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_for_My_Baby_(and_One_More_for_the_Road)), and I'd argue strongly that to to make it easier to interpret is to somehow diminish that achievement.


Kevin Cryan


Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by S J Birkill on 07.04.08 at 09:13

on 04/06/08 at 17:51:21, Jan wrote :
BTW Sarah Moule's CD also includes Pete Atkin singing harmony vocals on one track 'Living In Overdrive'
Jan
(In snowy Yorkshire)


on 04/07/08 at 08:00:14, Kevin Cryan wrote :
It can be bought online from Red Ram Records (http://www.redramrecords.com/)

Recommended: Pete's vocal contribution on this song is substantial, and it drives along nicely. And some of the other numbers are greatly enhanced by Alan Barnes' saxes, which on Friday we just had to imagine. As consolation, those of us present were able to buy a prerelease CD-R copy of the album, A Lazy Kind of Love (http://www.sarahmoule.net/music/lazy_kind_of_love.html).

Steve

Title: Re: The Stables, Wavendon - Fri 4th April 2008
Post by Jan on 09.04.08 at 17:38
One thing I noticed at Wavendon was the number of people in the audience who knew the songs well. There was very little reaction to the jokes in the songs, usually a dead giveaway.
Were there a lot of Voices there who are just lurking and not posting? I'd be interested to know. Or perhaps there are just more Atkin fans around  :)

Better go and update that spreadsheet.
Jan



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