Midnight Voices
THE PETE ATKIN WEB FORUM   RSS
Welcome, Guest. Please Login or Register.
This page loaded: 31.01.23 at 01:07 UK time
PA
HOME
Pete Atkin home page
MV Home | Short | Help | Search | Login | Register | Shop | PA Home
Midnight Voices « Pete Solo at the Pheasantry 1st October 2022 »
   Midnight Voices
   Pete Atkin
   Gigs
(Moderator: Gerry Smith)
   Pete Solo at the Pheasantry 1st October 2022
« Previous thread | Next thread »
Pages: 1   Start of Thread | Latest Post Reply | Notify of replies | Send Thread | Print
   Author  Thread: Pete Solo at the Pheasantry 1st October 2022  (Read 1448 times)
Seán Kelly
MV Fixture
****






Posts: 225
Pete Solo at the Pheasantry 1st October 2022
« : 02.10.22 at 11:26 »
Quote


 
Pete’s first solo gig at the Pheasantry in Chelsea.  To be without Simon Wallace was an oddity in the long running set of gigs at this Pizza Express basement venue – but Pete has done hundreds of shows alone so he is an old hand at holding the audience and performing (mostly) the songs he wrote with Clive James.
 
The biggest rail strike in thirty years clearly prevented some of the audience making it to the gig which is a great shame – particularly for them.  
 
The other general comment I have is that Pete was fully up to “entertaining Miss Steinway” for the evening (as Philip Jeays once described it!). His piano playing was exceptional. Of course in a sense he had to follow Mr Wallace (or replace him) so the pressure was on – but he fully met the challenge.
 

 
The Set List :  
 
Ice Cream Man – Guitar  And we're off - a great start (once Pete plugged his guitar in  Smiley
 
Luck of the Draw - Guitar.
 
Dancing Master –Piano. A great version. My notes say ‘Pete very fluent on the piano tonight’.
 
Frangipani was her Flower.  Piano.  That shattering final line was as clear a punchline.  
 
Rider To The Worlds End – Piano.  Again lovely rich Piano. [Admin edit: Seán means Tenderfoot -- see Pete's message below.]
 
Song for Rita – Guitar. In the customary American accent  Smiley
 
A Guitar is a Thief in the Night – Guitar. Lovely
 
I See The Joker – unusually played on Guitar.  It worked great on guitar.  It’s a tough old song - it would probably work great on marimba!      
 
Search and Destroy – Piano.  I felt Pete was slightly in danger of over-explaining this one beforehand – but equally you don’t want to lose new listeners in a live situation so you have to give them some bearings.  
 
Thirty Year Man – Piano. Terrific.
 
- - Interval - -  
 

 
Rain-Wheels – Piano.  Rocking!  Segued into:
 
Me To Thank – Piano.  My notes say Magnificent. Perfectly executed.
 
An Empty Table. Piano. Great pacing on this song so full of regret.
 
Have You Got A Biro - Guitar.
 
Driving through Mythical America – Guitar.  With so many words in it this is a tough song to do live but this was a great version. Before he started Pete expressed the hope that he wouldn’t forget any of the lyrics.  He didn’t (as far as I could tell!). At some point fairly early on Pete's guitar amp seemed to become unplugged or switched off – but from where I was sitting anyway the sound from his acoustic was very audible so it was not too noticeable.  Afterwards Pete apologised for a few mislaid chords – but no one that I could see had been counting chords!  Smiley
 
Care Charmer Sleep – Piano.  Again great pacing on this song.  One of Pete’s own favourites.  
 
A King at Nightfall – Piano.  Pete told us that this is slated for the album of reworked versions that he is currently working on with Simon Wallace.  He told us that the version he was about to play would be nothing like the reworked version – he would play the demo version. So I was surprised to hear a significantly different version of the song. Crucially it seemed to me that it has been somewhat slowed and stretched giving it much more gravitas. Instead of singing Pete was so low-key as to be almost speaking the words.  The result - for me at least - was like hearing an expert Shakespearean actor draw greater meaning and nuance from a speech that you have heard rushed through on a previous occasion.  Pete said that – in his mind at least – the words were previously being spoken by supporters to the King – whereas now the King is quietly speaking them to himself. It worked.  It’s an absurd cliché to say it I know – but this performance was easily worth the price of entry on its own.
 
Just for Me (Amy's Blues) Piano. A serious rarity for the hard core  Smiley
 
Master of the Revels – Piano. A great set ender – just as it has proved itself to be a great set opener.  I noted that Pete played very impressively on the instrumental sections.
 
------ Encores:
 
I Will Write my Book.  Guitar. A cover version of a song by Joe Henry. Also covered by Sarah Moule on one of her albums (info thanks to Smash Flops website – even though I have that album  Smiley).  The song is quite James/Atkin in style I felt  Smiley.  Very nice and it segued into the last song of the night
 
Girl On The Train – Guitar.  No problems at all with this classic  Smiley
 
So a great night out – as always – many thanks to Pete and the Pheasantry team – looking forward to the next one –when maybe Mr A and Mr W can show us the finalised new version of A King At Nightfall  Smiley  
 

« Last Edit: 02.10.22 at 21:11 by S J Birkill »     https://peteatkin.com/forum?board=App&action=display&num=1664706365&start=0#0   copy 
Pete Atkin
MV Deity
*****







Posts: 498
Re: Pete Solo at the Pheasantry 1st October 2022
« Reply #1: 02.10.22 at 12:35 »
Quote

Thank you so much, Sean, not least for your consistently tolerant generosity, which makes me all the sorrier to have to correct one error:  it wasn't Rider To The World's End (although on reflection that would have been a geographically appropriate choice - maybe another time) but Tenderfoot.   And repeated thanks to you and everyone who braved the transport catastrophes to be there.
    https://peteatkin.com/forum?board=App&action=display&num=1664706365&start=1#1   copy 
Douglas Fergus
MV Friend
**



Okeydoke, my armchair hero



Posts: 28
Re: Pete Solo at the Pheasantry 1st October 2022
« Reply #2: 02.10.22 at 13:21 »
Quote

Excellent and very comprehensive review Sean (even if you had one song wrong! Wink )
Great photographs as always.  
Many thanks for sharing.
    https://peteatkin.com/forum?board=App&action=display&num=1664706365&start=2#2   copy 
Seán Kelly
MV Fixture
****






Posts: 225
Re: Pete Solo at the Pheasantry 1st October 2022
« Reply #3: 02.10.22 at 13:31 »
Quote

Ah there goes my cred ! Smiley  Thanks Pete  - and Douglas.  Too late for me  to correct my post - hopefully those future historians (Jan? Smiley ) will check these further comments. Thanks again for a great night Pete!
    https://peteatkin.com/forum?board=App&action=display&num=1664706365&start=3#3   copy 
Carole
MV Fixture
****







Posts: 130
Re: Pete Solo at the Pheasantry 1st October 2022
« Reply #4: 02.10.22 at 18:51 »
Quote

Great report, and photos, Seán! Thank you very much!  Smiley
    https://peteatkin.com/forum?board=App&action=display&num=1664706365&start=4#4   copy 
Seán Kelly
MV Fixture
****






Posts: 225
Re: Pete Solo at the Pheasantry 1st October 2022
« Reply #5: 03.10.22 at 20:02 »
Quote

Cheers Carole  Smiley
    https://peteatkin.com/forum?board=App&action=display&num=1664706365&start=5#5   copy 
Jan
MV Fellow
*****






Posts: 312
Re: Pete Solo at the Pheasantry 1st October 2022
« Reply #6: 04.10.22 at 11:56 »
Quote

That's a lovely setlist! We don't often hear Amy's Blues Smiley
Looking forward to hearing the revised AKAN.
Thanks Sean - and Pete
Jan
    https://peteatkin.com/forum?board=App&action=display&num=1664706365&start=6#6   copy 
Terry_Caster
MV Fresher
*


Be certain of who you are...



Posts: 6
Re: Pete Solo at the Pheasantry 1st October 2022
« Reply #7: 08.10.22 at 20:22 »
Quote

Really enjoyed the night. Not quite the same quality of pictures, but here's some from me...
    https://peteatkin.com/forum?board=App&action=display&num=1664706365&start=7#7   copy 
Terry_Caster
MV Fresher
*


Be certain of who you are...



Posts: 6
Re: Pete Solo at the Pheasantry 1st October 2022
« Reply #8: 08.10.22 at 20:27 »
Quote

T'other three...    
    https://peteatkin.com/forum?board=App&action=display&num=1664706365&start=8#8   copy 
S J Birkill
MV Administrator
*****



just a sensible reserve



Posts: 795
Re: Pete Solo at the Pheasantry 1st October 2022
« Reply #9: 09.10.22 at 02:42 »
Quote

Thank you Terry -- the more images we have, the better. I see you captured fellow shutter-bug Seán in one of your shots. Is that you in his third, above? Smiley
 
Steve
    https://peteatkin.com/forum?board=App&action=display&num=1664706365&start=9#9   copy 

Stephen J Birkill
Terry_Caster
MV Fresher
*


Be certain of who you are...



Posts: 6
Re: Pete Solo at the Pheasantry 1st October 2022
« Reply #10: 12.10.22 at 15:12 »
Quote

Yep! Well triangulated Cheesy  
 
Glad to make it through the travel shenanigans in both directions with relatively adequate progress.
    https://peteatkin.com/forum?board=App&action=display&num=1664706365&start=10#10   copy 
Pages: 1    Start of Thread | Latest Post Reply | Notify of replies | Send Thread | Print
Return to Top « Previous thread | Next thread »
MV Home | Short | Help | Search | Login | Register | Shop | PA Home
Midnight Voices is not responsible for comments made by its members. All opinions expressed are entirely those of their authors.
Midnight Voices » Powered by YaBB 1 Gold - SP 1.3.1!
YaBB © 2000-2003. All Rights Reserved.