Pete Allen Newsletter May 2023

Pete Allen Newsletter May 2023

Welcome to the Pete Allen Newsletter. This is the first in a regular monthly newsletter. If you do not want to receive this letter you can unsubscribe at the bottom of this email – I hope you won’t.

The band has recently had a new addition – Chris Hodgkins on trumpet – otherwise the band remains the same with myself, James Clemas (keyboard and vocals), Dave Hanratty (bass), Jim Newton (drums ) and Roger Marks (trombone)

Here is a link to a TV recording Chris and I did  in Hamburg in1982

Pete Allen gigs

Sunday 4th June
Royal British Legion Club, Pelican Lane, Newbury, 2.30pm to 5pm.  With special guest TOM “SPATS” LANGHAM (banjo/guitar/vocals).  Admission £15 at the door, preferably by cash or cheque payable to P ALLEN.

 Thomas ‘Spats’ Langham was born in 1971 and spent his childhood in Buxton. He started Ukulele as soon as his fingers were big enough, inspired by his Grandfather, and turned to Banjo at the age of 10.  At 14 he was appearing with the Hot Spa Stompers, and soon after with Ged Hones Dixie Boys. It was Ged who encouraged Spats to start guitar. He moved to the Cotswolds in 1992 to join the Charleston Chasers (where he first met and worked with Malcolm Sked). Since then he has worked as a professional musician, travelled the four corners of the globe, and has been lucky to play with many great artists and bands.

More on Spats can be found here:

Wednesday 7th June

The Conservative Club, Radway Place, Sidmouth, 3pm to 5.30pm.  Admission £15 at the door, preferably by cash or cheque payable to P ALLEN.

A special date for your diary:Sunday 1st  October 2023
2.30pm to 10 30pm
Oxford Street, Newbury, RG14 1JB
Large FREE car park/Licensed bar/Light snacks/meals also available throughout the day
The Hotel has accommodation, to book call Hotel direct:- tele: 01635 31822;
ANDY DICKENS (trumpet)
GARY WOOD (trumpet)

Please don’t forget you can purchase my CD’s and my autobiography, “On the Beat” at all the gigs or email Jane (from Newbury) for copies:

Further details of the Pete Allen Band  at:

Jane has also prepared a quiz for you and if you bring the answers on a post card with your name to the Newbury or Sidmouth gigs, we will put the corect answers in a hat and the first draw wins a CD of their choice.

1 Bird and Yardbird were nicknames for what legendary American jazz saxophonist who reflected the nickname in the title of a 1946 work Ornithology?
2 Black Coffee is the title track of the 1956 debut album by what jazz and pop singer famous for songs like Fever and Hallelujah, I Love Him So?
3 Hoots the Owl is a jazzy saxophone-playing bird on what alliteratively named kids TV show?
4 Gaining a love for music in the Little Burgundy community of Montréal, Oscar Peterson became a jazz legend known primarily for tickling what instrument?
5 Named for a major Midwestern city, what long-running Broadway musical features All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango and Mr. Cellophane?

I look forward to seeing you at one of the gigs

Best wishes


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