NEWS
Thank you John Every for the lovely u-tube video.
29.07.2017 Over £1100 has been raised for various 'good causes'
01.07.2017 Another new vinyl- First Take has my earliest pre-1970 material. Big thanks to the people who have encouraged me to go all the way back to my songwriting beginnings. 
12.03.2017 I have produced a new vinyl LP, The Mersey Tapes. Thank you to One Cut Vinyl for doing an excellent job on this. And thank you to Jonathan at Audio Reunited for doing a great job at retrieving the audio from tapes over 40 years old. And thank you to Martin and his team at The Duplication Centre for a great job on the associated CD - sold out already! 

Leaves (1972) with my daughter, Amy..mp3

Tell Me How Long The Train's Been Gone (1972).mp3

The Little Light (1986).mp3

Red Wine, White Wine.mp3

Lily Avenue.mp3

 Welcome to the Atkinsongs                 website!

On this Home Page you will find   MP3 files of some of my songs and,  below, information about them. Click the StoryPage link for a brief  history and lead sheets with chord  symbols in pdf format. Click the Buy Page link for news  about  CD sales and the 'good  causes' they support. Alternatively, navigation links are at the top of each page.

About the Songs on this Page

A fuller 'history' is on the the Story Page, but the songs on the left are an introduction to my song-writing story. These songs are amongst the most enduring, in that I still perform them now. Leaves is from 1972 and features my youngest daughter, Amy, on recorder and vocal: in some versions, the world, not God, is the tree. Tell Me How Long The Train's Been Gone is from the same year. This one is the recording that I made for my 1976 vinyl album The Beggar and The Sand, and a song that seems to be more relevant today than ever. The Little Light was written not long after my first daughter, Katie, was born. Here she is on vocal, singing beautifully with her Dad. The taste of Red Wine, White Wine (2003) is bitter-sweet, like many of the songs that came along after a nearly song-less 1990's. But things are more upbeat in Lily Avenue (2009), recalling the days when Katie's younger sister Amy was a flat-hunting/sharing student in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
More of my songs can be heard on my Soundcloud page.
All songs ©Dave Atkinson. Copyright held at Copyright House.
WHAT THEY SAY:

"It's the best folk/SSW album (First Take) I've heard in along time. I'm so happy to have this album!!! The price was expensive but the pressing is top notch (it's rarely the case nowadays). It is worth every penny".

"I bought one, and I'm hooked". 

"Great work Dave, I will continue play and enjoy it for many months".

“Your music was the perfect soundtrack for a long drive to Scotland”.

“It's a very beautiful album. I love your style, your bittersweet songs, how melodies accompany your singing, the images that the  lyrics evoke. I'm so glad I discovered your music”.

I bought one, and I'm hooked". 

“Your music was the perfect soundtrack for a long drive to Scotland”.

“It's a very beautiful album. I love your style, your bittersweet songs, how melodies accompany your singing, the images that the  lyrics evoke. I'm so glad I discovered your music”.