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Mike Nattrass

Hello Everybody,
Welcome to my February & March Newsletter. As I compose this newsletter I am sitting in my study surrounded by packing cases. Yes! ‘The Leytons’ are getting ready for our pending house move. So life is currently a bit ‘stressful’ at this end as all of you who have moved house will appreciate. It never seems to get any easier. April 2010 marks my 50th Anniversary as a recording Artiste, although my first ‘official’ 45rpm single release was not until August of 1960. April also marks the first screening of the ‘Biggles’ TV series. So in many respects this year promises to be an interesting one from a personal point of view. It is my intention in future newsletters to take a trip down memory lane with a few personal memories of these ‘career’ shaping events.

Congratulations to Jet Harris MBE.
Jet Harris I would like to pass on my congratulations to Jet on being awarded an MBE. Jet and I go back many years and included in our plans for this year are Concerts with me, Jet and The Flames and at some of the Concerts we will be joined by with another good friend Mike Berry, who will be appearing as a special guest artiste.

Gig Guide.
I would like to pass my thanks and those of The Flames to the many of you who braved the somewhat ‘Arctic’ conditions to attend our Concert on the 23rd December in Waltham Abbey. We enjoyed the event and hopefully you did too. February sees me and The Flames in Concert on 6th in Sweden and on 13th in Woodchurch, Nr. Ashford, Kent. On the 6th March The Flames and I will be joined by Jet Harris in Grays. On the 25th March The Flames and I will be in Skegness and on the 26th March in Biggleswade.

John and The Flames

Friday 14th May.
John Leyton and The Flames.
Atherstone Warwickshire. full details on the gig guide..

Saturday 29th May – PRIVATE FUNCTION.

Friday 25th June.
Hit Parade Heroes.
John Leyton, Jet Harris, Mike Berry and The Flames
Medina Theatre, Newport, IOW.
Tel: 01983 527020

Saturday 3rd July.
Hit Parade Heroes.
John Leyton, Jet Harris and The Flames.
City Hall, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, Wilts. SP2 7TU
Tel:01722 434434

Friday 30th July.
Hit Parade Heroes.
John Leyton, Jet Harris, Mike Berry and The Flames.
Futurist Theatre, Foreshore Rd, Scarborough, YO11 1PB.
Tel: 01723 374500

Saturday 31st July.
Hit Parade Heroes.
John Leyton, Jet Harris, Mike Berry and The Flames.
Beachcomber Holiday Park, Cleethorpes.
Tickets can be purchased by the general public for this event.
Tel: 01472 812666
£12.00. Under 16’s £10.00.

Steven Myatt – Classic Bike Guide Magazine.
The January edition of this magazine featured an interview with myself carried out by Steven Myatt. I would like to express my thanks to Steven for this really excellent article. On the subject of interviews Ralph Gowling, The Beat Magazine, has recently interviewed Jeff Tuck of The Flames for an article in a forthcoming edition of the magazine.

Lone Rider Records.
‘Look For A Star’ and ‘John Leyton and The Flames’ CDs plus Peter Williams ‘Johnny Remember Me’ and ‘Twangs For The Melody’ CDs will shortly be available via all the major download sites.

Joe Meek update.
A new Geoff Goddard website is under construction.

Joe Meek Annual Tribute Concert – Newent.
The now annual event in Joe’s home town is scheduled for Saturday 16th October. John Leyton, Craig Douglas and The Flames are providing this year’s entertainment. Ticket details will be announced when available.

Joe Meek – The Farewell Concert
Saturday 10th April, Amersham.
All tickets for this event have now been SOLD – no entrance on the night without a ticket.

Fans page.
The Fans page now includes photographs recently sent to me by good friend Joe Robertson and regular fans Jane Taylor and her sister Susan. I’m always happy to receive such items.

And finally, as I continue to pack up my study I look forward to seeing many of you at our Concerts during 2010.

Always yours.

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