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Ian Mcmillan East Riding Theatre Beverley

I've been a fan of Ian Mcmillan for a long time so when I heard of this gig close to where we live I couldn't really pass up the chance to see him live (big thanks to Mrs D for acquiring the tickets sharpish). The high point of the evening for me was that after we had adjourned from the Bengali Dine restaurant to take the freezing walk down to the ERT, who should be at the door to greet incoming ticket holders but the Bard of Barnsley himself (also self-proclaimed as: The Beat Generation's Les Dawson). He shook our hands warmly and we had a natter with him and I appreciated the opportunity presented to me to tell him I was a big fan of his BBC Radio 3 show: The Verb (plenty of episodes on iplayer if you are interested). Bit more natter and then into the converted chapel that is the East Riding Theatre, approx. capacity150-200. Cracking little venue.

Supremely talented accordian and guitar player Luke Carver Goss set the soundtrack up for a great nights poetry and song. IM is a wordsmith tour de force. Sharper than a sharp thing. Be it with a pun, rhyme, or an observation. He had the audience in the palm of his hand. Songs, poetry, audience participation improv, and brilliant comedy timing made this a great night had. I can't remember laughing as much at a gig for a lot of years. One of those gigs that you walk away from and feel pleased that you made the effort to go on a freezing cold February night.

As we left he was at the door again and was thanking people for coming along as well as signing copies of his book 'Neither Nowt Nor Summat'. We bought one which he signed to me and Mrs D.

Frazier Cranium

Ace bloke, littler than I'd realized but a big voice and heart by the looks of it.

Met him once at a do in the Adelphi, he was hosting it for a Leeds poetry group or summat.  He'd been on HIGNFY not long before and naturally he was the best thing on it so it was a disappointing surprise when he told me he doubted he'd be on again as he didn't think the producers liked him much.
Late Doors

Hope you afforded the accordian player the same respect
sheeps

Late Doors wrote:
Hope you afforded the accordian player the same respect


Dock will have mentioned his organ.
Heyho

He is a regular paper reviewer on BBC news on a Saturday morning. I like his style but I sort of get the impression he is expected to do it given his other BBC connections.

He just looks like he is going through the paces though - certainly a lot of his natural wit is lost on the co-hosts

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