Homage to musical comedy greats comes to Aberystwyth

Tivyside Advertiser: Flanders and Swann Flanders and Swann

Multi-award winning comedian Tim FitzHigham and BBC Radio 4 musical maestro Duncan Walsh-Atkins are heading to the Aberystwyth Arts centre on February 8, 7.30pm

Tim, Duncan and the Hippo come to Aberystwyth with their much-loved performance of the words and music of Flanders and Swann, the musical comedy maestros of the 1950s and 60s.

The boys capture all the favourite songs and traditions of original duo, whilst bringing their own unique style, personality and humour to the performance - lifelong fans and the uninitiated alike will delight in seeing the boys breathe new life into the celebrated songsmiths’ wonderful songs including: The Hippopotamus Song, The Gas Man Cometh, The Gnu Song, Omnibus (or A Transport of Delights), A Song of Patriotic Prejudice and Madeira M'Dear.

Tim FitzHigham and Duncan Walsh Atkins created their Flanders and Swann performance in 2001 for a charity concert. By 2004 the show had played five summer music festivals, completed its first extensive tour of the UK and released their album At the Drop of a Hippopotamus. Since then the show has gone from strength to strength, continuing to tour the UK and Europe and will visit Australia for the first time after the Oxford show.

Now, fresh from headlining at the International Flanders and Swann Festival, playing on Donald Swann's piano and drinking from Michael Flanders' famous Madeira decanter, this Rolls-Royce of Flanders and Swann shows –continue the largest ever Flanders and Swann tour since … well, since Flanders and Swann toured.

Tim FitzHigham is a Perrier nominated, multi-award winning comedian who has performed on BBC Radio 1, 2, 4 and 5, toured lots and appeared frequently on TV and in films in the UK and Europe. He is about to be seen in his own CBBC show Superhumans which looks at real-life superheroes and their amazing talents.

Duncan Walsh Atkins is a stalwart of BBC Radio 4, runs a busy London music studio and has also toured lots. As well as providing the music for BBC TV’s Fast And Loose he is about to open his first musical The Tailor Made Man at London’s Arts Theatre. Tim and Duncan have toured the UK together before in Noel Coward's Words and Music - a gala evening of satire, song and stiff upper lips.

Tickets for Flanders and Swann are £16 (£14), call 01970 62 32 32 or visit www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk

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