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 1   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Upcoming gigs : Summary  30.11.21 at 06:58 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
With gig dates, cancellations and changes having recently been announced in various places (Smash Flops, Facebook and Pete's Newsletter as well as here on Midnight Voices), I feel the need to sum up the current position with regard to the 2021/2022 gig calendar as it stands today:
Saturday, 4th December 2021, Acoustic Routes at Thrive, Cambridge:  
This Pete Atkin solo gig is CANCELLED due to unforeseen problems with the venue. Organiser Bernard Hoskin is hoping to find a new venue in the Cambridge area for future Acoustic Routes sessions, but there is no word yet. See this thread.
Friday, 18th February 2022, at St Mary's Church, Dorking, Surrey:
New member David Scoffield is promoting this event, as part of his St Mary's Sessions venture. Simon Wallace will bring along his smart new Roland keyboard for the event. Tickets are already on sale through Eventbrite. See also this thread.
Wednesday, 2nd March 2022, at The Pheasantry, London:
Pete continues his regular visits to Pizza Express's basement jazz venue in the Kings Road, with three dates in 2022, all featuring Simon Wallace on piano. Tickets will go on sale through the venue's website, nearer the time.
Saturday, 2nd July 2022, at The Pheasantry, London: [as above].
Saturday 1st October 2022, at The Pheasantry, London: [as above]. This date is rescheduled from '1st November', announced elsewhere.
All four of the upcoming dates are listed in Pete's website's Gig Guide section, with links to the venues' sites and ticket booking addresses as available. There may be further changes, as no-one yet knows what 'omicron' (or its successor) will bring, but I'll keep you informed. Meantime, you might like to keep those dates in mind...
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 2   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: Pheasantry in 2022  09.11.21 at 13:23 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Chris H
Thanks for posting these dates - I must biro these in my diay !
Now, have you got a biro I can borrow?
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 3   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: Thrive, Cambridge: Cancelled  05.11.21 at 18:16 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
Bernard Hoskin, organiser of the 'Acoustic Routes' concert series, regrettably announces cancellation of Pete's appearance next month, along with all other forthcoming events in the Acoustic Routes calendar at the Thrive venue.
It seems there is some unspecified problem with the use of Thrive's upstairs room for the events, the management insisting the basement room be used instead. Bernard isn't prepared to do that, citing (quite correctly) crowded conditions and poor ventilation.
Pete reports, elsewhere :
Well, having just confirmed brightly and boldly my next gig on December 4th at Thrive in Cambridge, my brightness and boldness have just been diminished by the news from Bernard Hoskin that all forthcoming events under the Acoustic Routes banner have sadly been cancelled. There has apparently been some kind of problem over the use of the upstairs room and the restaurant's new management have insisted on AR going back to using the small basement room, which Bernard believes - quite rightly, as I remember it - is too crowded and too poorly ventilated for current expectations. I have no idea what the underlying reason is, but it's a big disappointment for all concerned - all of us on this end of the deal anyway. Here's hoping nevertheless that all of Bernard's efforts will pay off eventually and that AR will find a new home, and that, with a bit of luck, I'll be invited back again.

Bernard writes (thanks Richard Whiting) :
I'm very sorry to tell you this but for covid safety reasons we have just had to cancel the Pete Atkin concert at Acoustic Routes. I can only apologise for what has happened but we have been badly let down by our venue.
We had a very successful relaunch night on the top floor which gave our audience some social distancing and airflow. The Cafe have now told us we must move our gigs to the tiny basement which offers no safety from covid at all. We put the safety of our audience above all else so all our concerts after this Saturday have been cancelled.
If we start running gigs again at some point in the future Pete will, of course, be at the top of the list for a booking.
Bernard Hoskin
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 4   Pete Atkin / Newsletter / Latest Newsletter  05.11.21 at 01:38 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
Today Pete despatched the latest edition of his e-mail Newsletter, only the second this year. In it he reminds us of the upcoming Cambridge and Dorking gigs (already announced here in MV), and reveals stop-press news about his newly-scheduled Pheasantry (London) concerts with Simon Wallace in 2022.
As is my habit, I've added its content to the website's newsletter archive so that it can be viewed by all, subscribers or not (albeit a day late and not, I hope, a dollar short). Find it at https://www.peteatkin.com/newsletter.htm.
If you'd like to subscribe for future newsletters to be delivered to your mailbox, just find the yellow 'Newsletter' block on the Smash Flops front page (i.e. HERE) and fill in your name and e-mail address.
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 5   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: New Date -- Dorking  04.11.21 at 14:26 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by David_Scoffield
Hello everyone and thanks to Steve & Sean for already giving a heads up on the show in Dorking.  We've just set up a new promoting venture in a lovely little Lutyens' church with a great acoustic.  Motivation - to get something going in town which isn't pub blues rock or tribute bands.  It's been a while since I've seen Pete but when it came to my attention that he was playing The Pheasantry last month, which I couldn't make,  I thought I'd get in sharpish and ask.  The answer came back in the affirmative so here we are and with Simon able to make the date as well Smiley
As Sean has pointed out, Dorking is very accessible by train, direct from Waterloo and Victoria in London but also from Reading to the west, with journey times of around an hour.  The walk from the station is less than 10 minutes.  Car travel has us 15 mins from either junction 8 or 9 on the M25.  The venue is in a residential area so we don't finish late.  Doors at 19.30, music at 20.00 to 22.15 with an interval so trains can be caught without stress.
Dorking is also a lovely place to stay over if you were inclined to explore the town and The  
Surrey Hills.  We'll happily supply recommendations on places to stay, eat or visit. The direct ticket link and more information is below and I hope some of you will make it to the show.
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 6   Pete Atkin / Music / Re: Together At Last  23.10.21 at 17:11 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Avner Greenberg
How great to have this charming song brought out of wraps after so many years.
A lovely celebration of that remarkable partnership.
THANK YOU again gentlemen for bringing it to the mass public.
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 7   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: Last Night at the Pheasantry  23.10.21 at 11:09 
Started by Seán Kelly | Newest post by Avner Greenberg
This was obviously another splendid performance.  
So good to see Pete, and Simon, in full fettle.
Thank you Seán. I do appreciate your report and great photos.
Best wishes,
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 8   Not Pete Atkin / Off-topic / Songwriting workshop  13.10.21 at 22:19 
Started by Simon Reap | Newest post by Simon Reap
Hi all!
A friend of mine runs workshops from her Welsh home (near Tenby). She's run various creative writing and acting courses, but would like to host a songwriting one. The courses are residential and, usually a week or so.
Would any songwriters in the group fancy giving such a course? The structure is not yet defined, but I imagine there'd be a bit of presenting on songwriting, and some workshops.
My friend is an actor, director, writer, and has run a successful theatre company, working mostly in schools, for 25 years. She's also in the middle of a national tour of her one-woman show about the National Trust.
If anyone is interested, I'd be happy to put you in touch with her. I can certainly vouch for her - I've known her, and her husband's Rhythm and Blues band, for 40 years!
All the best,
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 9   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: Pheasantry now booking for October  11.10.21 at 21:54 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
Pete will be making his now regular Autumn appearance at London's The Pheasantry (King's Road, Chelsea) on Saturday night, accompanied by Simon Wallace on piano. Book via https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/pete-atkin-and-the-lyrics-of-clive-james - currently indicating 'Last Few' tickets available.  

(Thanks to Benjamin Peterson for the fine photo, here cropped)
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 10   Pete Atkin / Words / Re: Archive Progress  10.09.21 at 20:06 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Avner Greenberg
Congratulations Steve on completing this mammoth project.
And thank you once again for making these gems available to us all.
I've been thinking about retiring soon, and this gives me the extra push Smiley
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