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 1   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: Another date for your London diary  Today at 19:57 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
Poetry Café tickets now on sale from Eventbrite:
The tickets (all seated) are £12 (plus booking fee/VAT = £13.16). Book early -- the performance room holds only 50 or so.
Thanks to Peter McKinney
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 2   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Anniversaries  Today at 03:46 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
Today, August 16th, marks the 21st anniversary of Pete Atkin's 'comeback' appearance at the Monyash Festival held in 1997 at our farmhouse in Derbyshire's Peak District, where he performed together with a surprise guest, the magnificent Julie Covington, to remind us all just how great the songs of James and Atkin were, and still are: that evening he introduced the ecstatic audience to three unrecorded songs, one rare obscurity and 27 old favourites; Midnight Voices was formed a couple of weeks later (this is the 17,925th message posted to MV). The following year he appeared at nearby Buxton Opera House with Clive James, and in 1999 he returned to Monyash for an exclusive 'Garden Party' show at Dale House Farm, featuring no fewer than eight songs new to most of the guests.

Now we have the opportunity to book a place at a different Peak District spot: Martin Snodin has organised a gig at nearby Alstonefield, next March -- see this thread. He's also set up a Facebook 'Event' page where you can state your intention to be there (though your posts here on MV continue to be welcome! Smiley -- remember 'sclonches' at gigs? -- a good old Kenny-Everett-via-Carole-Birkill word).

Pete's own birthday (he'll be 73 already) arrives on Wednesday 22nd August, followed the next day by a concert at The Pheasantry in once-'trendy' Kings Road, Chelsea, with ace accompanist Simon Wallace. The Pizza Express website tells us that seats are still available as of today.

[Photo credit Ian Ashleigh]

To celebrate these conjunctions, I've temporarily (for seven days only) lifted the members-only restriction on the song files from the Monyash events, and invited those who might normally limit their Internet experience to Facebook and YouTube to hear what they've been missing. The corresponding 'Play Audio' buttons on our Discography page are now visible to all. One of these days I must get around to adding some 'Play Video' buttons...

When all this excitement is over, the next show in Pete's calendar will be at Covent Garden's Poetry Café on October 4th, followed on November 8th by a gig at the Railway Inn in Portslade, Sussex (Brighton-and-Hove), and then another slot at The Pheasantry a week later. Details of all these in the Gig Guide.

We, his fans, should consider ourselves extremely fortunate that Pete continues to work hard supporting us with all these appearances, at very little (if any) financial gain to himself. Let the man, as well as his songs, be a continuing inspiration to us all.
Steve Birkill -- Webmaster, 'Smash Flops'; Administrator, 'Midnight Voices'.
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 3   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: Alstonefield: Book Now!  13.08.18 at 18:20 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill

Tickets are now on sale -- £12 (plus booking fee) from
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 4   Pete Atkin / Members / Re: Gerry Smith  29.07.18 at 22:33 
Started by Ian Chippett | Newest post by Carole
I had intended to get back to you sooner on this, Ian, just to say what a lovely tribute it is to Gerry. I'm sure he would have been pleased. Thank you.   Smiley
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 5   Pete Atkin / Words / 'Cream' 1972 - Clive James on John Sebastian  26.07.18 at 18:58 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
Thanks to long-time Midnight Voices member John Duncan, I'm able (and curiously delighted) to add to our Website another of the essays Clive wrote for the early-70s British rock magazine Cream. Here he remarks on the brilliant lyrical technique displayed by John Sebastian in his early songs for the Lovin' Spoonful, and expresses dismay at the apparent squandering of that talent in the artist's solo, fuzzy, post-Woodstock work. Appropriately, he speaks of the 'old' Sebastian in the past tense, although he's still alive and working today.

Tie-Dyed in Gaza joins the other six of Clive's Cream articles already on the Website.
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 6   Pete Atkin / News / Re: Revised User Agreement and Privacy Policy  02.07.18 at 16:08 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Avner Greenberg
Thank you Steve for this painstaking explanation and info.
I'm willing to bet that despite the general lack of activity here, all 619 of us value the forum and would certainly miss it were it to close down.
So a very big THANK YOU for persevering and devoting your time and effort to this task.
It's much appreciated.
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 7   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: More Pheasantry: Booking Now !  30.05.18 at 18:45 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
Booking now open for both dates.
The Pheasantry
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 8   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Pete and Clive on the radio (separately)  30.05.18 at 08:51 
Started by Simon Reap | Newest post by Simon Reap
Radio 4 Extra is doing us proud at the moment.
We're part way through a run of "J Kingston Platt's Showbiz Handbook", written and narrated by Peter Jones, produced by Pete. Episode 7 of 10 is this Thursday at 08:00, 12:00 and 19:00, and most of the previous editions are on iPlayer.
Also this Sunday (the 3rd), they are repeating Clive's Desert Island Disks, at 10:15 and 21:15.
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 9   Pete Atkin / News / Moule and Wallace at the Pheasantry in July  06.05.18 at 01:02 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
I note that Pete's occasional piano accompanist (and MV member) Simon Wallace will be appearing at the Chelsea venue on July 29th, accompanying his missus, Sarah Moule, and featuring some songs on the theme of matrimony.

Booking for Pete's own gig there with Simon (on August 23rd) should begin in a few days.
PS - I should have said: Sarah is also a member of Midnight Voices.
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 10   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: April 26th 2018 - St Leonards  28.04.18 at 17:55 
Started by Pete Atkin | Newest post by S J Birkill
Hi Gang
Seems none of our regulars attended this one, yet Pete's gig attracted a quite respectable crowd, about 60 people, and not all from the Hastings/St Leonards area: one, at least, came from as far away as Dublin. If any MV members were there, we'd love to know. What did you think of Kino-Teatr, the performance, the selection of songs? Pete was quite impressed by the venue, including the people, the café, the atmosphere and the sound.
Tenderfoot, a rarity in performance, was requested in advance as a surprise for a birthday, and there were a few half-time requests which Pete incorporated into his second set:
Ice Cream Man (guitar)
Thief in the Night (g, a different rhythmic groove)
Screen-Freak (keyboard)
Dancing Master (k)
Have You Got A Biro I Can Borrow? (g)
Colours of the Night (g)
Sessionman's Blues (k)
Tenderfoot (k)
You Can't Expect To Be Remembered (k; previously almost always on guitar)
I See The Joker (k)
Time to Burn (k)
Touch Has A Memory (k)
Beware of the Beautiful Stranger (g)
The Way You Are With Me (g)
Canoe (k)
Perfect Moments (k)
Girl on the Train (g)
Tonight Your Love Is Over (g; an early favourite but not played for a while)
Thirty Year Man (k)
Next gig on the calendar isn't till August, with a return to The Pheasantry, but there's still space in Pete's schedule for other bookings before then.
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