Pete Atkin is most well known for his collaborations with Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist, Clive James.
The pair first met in 1966 as members of the Cambridge Footlights Revue that spawned so much British comedy talent, from the satire of Beyond the Fringe to the surrealism of Monty Python. (It was this connection that would later result in Atkin and James being invited in 1977 to perform alongside the likes of John Cleese and Peter Cook at various Amnesty International benefits, subsequently released on DVD under The Secret Policeman’s Ball titles.)
Evita star Julie Covington released an album composed almost exclusively of Atkin-James songs called “The Beautiful Changes”.
He had a second career in radio, producing “The Sceptred Isle” series with the BBC, though he continued to make the odd appearance in small folk clubs. Mainly classed as a folk singer performer, Atkin sometimes adopts a funkier style informed by his beloved Steely Dan.