Polly Perkins – This Christmas – Single out now

This Christmas…

I recently received an email from my dear mother, Polly Perkins who lives in Spain. Here’s an extract:

“I know how busy you are doing a really fantastic job for Soho but I need to remind you not only do I not need or want Xmas pressy, we don’t have the postal box in Spain anymore so you can’t send me anything anyway. What I really would like is to put my demo of “This Xmas” on iTunes. This would be the best present ever. I know you will understand ?”

I do understand. My mum is 71 years old, I happen to know that she sometimes thinks she may not release a record again. She recorded her first single in a studio on Denmark Street in 1961 after she’d been working at The Windmill Theatre in Soho. There’s something about that generation which means they never, ever stop and they only get better, as can be heard on this song.

Whilst we still hope that someone with real vision can get her back on stage or screen here in the UK where she belongs, I have, in the meantime, granted her Christmas wish and released this song which I wrote for her back in 2011 when she was in EastEnders. She wasn’t permitted to do it back then, but the upside of being an artist ‘between engagements’ is that there are no longer any commercial restrictions. Happy Christmas Mum, I learnt everything I know from you (and thanks for the idea about writing to the mayor, it’s certainly started something…) Love you. Tim X

P.S Friends…she doesn’t know about this yet, so please ‪#‎download‬ and ‪#‎share‬ the single and make an original Soho girl a very happy lady indeed! Thanks to Ray Gelato for the equisite sax solo. Tx




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Stars of Stage and Screen Ask The Mayor To Save Soho


Last Saturday, along with fellow performer Abigail O’Neil and theatrical producer Alexander Parsonage, I led a funeral procession through the streets of Soho to bid a final farewell to our beloved Madame Jo Jo’s. As a resident, and as someone who has attended and performed at the venue since the mid 1990′s, it felt like a final nail in the coffin of the Soho that I know and love.


Photo © Juliet Shalam

Whilst I agree with the landlords and their idea that Soho must continue to evolve and modernise, I do not think that Soho institutions should be completely demolished. Soho evolves by making new additions to the area, not subtractions. Like many other people who are passionate about Madame Jo Jo’s, I thought “What can I do?”. Other than continue to write even more songs about our precious golden mile, I can’t do very much. None of us can. However, we can try to mobilise a plan for the future so this does not happen to any more Soho institutions.

I would like to see a performing arts committee or organisation created that will always be informed by Westminster Council whenever they recieve planing applications for redevelopments that have a direct impact on the performing arts community. If this had already been in place last year when the redevelopment applications for Walker’s Court were submitted, the performing arts community could have made it’s own plans. Plans to fight for Madame Jo Jo’s or work in conjunction with the landlords to find a solution to the problem we now face: The plight of the club’s followers, promoters and performers. Put simply, a lot of performing art has just been evicted and is now homeless.


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In the last 24 hours, I have called everyone I have ever performed with or met in the entertainment industry and asked them for their support. Luckily, for Soho, they have all felt as moved as I have been about Jo Jo’s and are now all cosignatories in a letter that I have sent to Boris Johnson – The Mayor of London, whom I hope will become pro-active in preserving Soho’s past as it moves into the future. The letter can be read here.


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The Soho Hobo Calling BoJo

Click here for Tim’s Letter to Boris Johnson

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The Piccadilly Trot – Limited Edition 7″ Single

1 of 250 limited edition 7″ vinyl copies of The Piccadilly Trot could be yours!

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It’s here! The Piccadilly Trot!

Featuring Steve Furst as Lenny Beige and Jessie Wallace as Marie Lloyd


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The Piccadilly Trot – Film Shoot

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Return to The Groucho Club

Last show of the year, thanks to our special guests Ray Gelato, Steve Norman,  Jessie Wallace and everyone who made it happen at The Groucho Club, 1st Dec 2013

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Tim joins Andy Serkis & The Blockheads

Tim joined The Blockheads in Soho for their album launch last Monday 25th November

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The Soho Hobo on BBC1 Inside Out

Tim presents a BBC1 ‘Soho Special’ on Inside Out on Monday 23rd September at 7.30pm.  Interviews with some of Soho’s influential characters will illustrate the future of one of London’s most important areas.
To watch it, go here

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Soho Theatre July 2013

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