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Topical Song - Michael Flanders and Donald Swann - Hat Trick (CD)

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Audio help More spoken articles. Flanders and Swann. Michael Flanders Donald Swann. Authority control MusicBrainz : dc50b-bafdba0e9f Categories : British comedy duos Angel Records artists British comedy musical groups English musical duos Parlophone artists Musical groups established in establishments in the United Kingdom. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Community portal Recent changes Upload file.

Download as PDF Printable version. Wikimedia Commons. Flanders left and Swann in Parlophone , Angel. Fortune Theatre suspended one month because of Flanders' pneumonia.

Edinburgh Festival "At the Drop of a Kilt". Donald was born in Llanelli on 30 Sept into a family of amateur musicians, both parents refugees from the Russian Revolution. His upbringing was one of Russian folk song and four-hand piano reductions of the Russian and European Romantics.

He remained largely self-taught in spite of being an external student at the RCM while still at Westminster School. In Donald was awarded an exhibition to Christ Church, Oxford, to read modern languages but, after a year, the war intervened. As a convinced pacifist with a life-long quest of religious faith and doubt, he switched from his earlier Anglicanism and found a spiritual home under the tolerant umbrella of the Quakers.

Donald registered as a conscientious objector and served with the FAU Friends' Ambulance Unit in Egypt, Palestine and, more importantly, in Greece whose music and culture became a life-long passion and influence.

As a student he wrote serious settings of poets such as Pushkin, Froissart and Ronsard primarily love songs. A number of these early compositions can be found in two recent volumes of The Songs Of Donald Swann. Donald's comic sense came to the fore in his versions of 'Senex' and 'Joan Hunter Dunn' by John Betjeman A Collection of Songs , which were aired, in the undergraduate revues he was extemporizing for Sandy Wilson.

A meeting with Michael Flanders , now wheelchair-bound with polio and working in radio, led to a continuation of their schoolboy writing partnership. Flanders found that his spoken introductions were as well received by the audience as the songs themselves. Swann recalled:. The show opened on 31 December at the New Lindsey. No West End shows were opening on that evening, and consequently, as Swann put it, "quite a number of critics turned up on spec. Swann, bent over his piano like a small mad scientist agog over some wild experiment, ideally complements the bearded suavity of Mr.

Flanders, who exudes from his wheelchair the robust authority of him who came to dinner. The two-man show was performed with Flanders in a wheelchair as a result of polio contracted in and Swann at a grand piano on an otherwise empty stage. A second revue called At the Drop of Another Hat was produced in Each performance ended with the "Hippopotamus" song, in which the audience was encouraged to join in, followed, in Britain, by a musical rendition of the Lord Chamberlain's regulations.

Most of the numbers were performed as duets. Solos are noted in the table below. Company No. Register here. More Information. Got any news or live dates?

EMI Comedy: Flanders & Swann: A Drop Of Hilarity From Flanders & Swann by Flanders & Swann () by Flanders & Swann | Sep 18, Audio CD.

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  1. Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, who co-wrote and performed comic songs in the s and s. Unusually for the time neither performer stood during their shows, Swann being seated at the piano and Flanders confined to a wheelchair by polio (contracted in service during World War 2).. The two began their musical careers together at school but were drawn apart on the outbreak of the war.
  2. There is one strange thing about the CDs: the track breaks are consistently in the wrong places. Flanders & Swann generally give a spoken introduction to each song. On the CDs of Hat and Another Hat, the track breaks are between each introduction and the song it goes with, so a track consists of a song followed by the introduction to the next song/5(40).
  3. Background. Michael Flanders and Donald Swann had performed together as schoolboys, collaborating in on a revue at Westminster School. They later collaborated on writing songs for revues, performed by such artists as Max Adrian, Elsie and Doris Waters, Ian Carmichael and Joyce Grenfell. They also wrote songs for Ian Wallace, some of which he recorded on the LP "Wallace's .
  4. Comment: Michael Flanders and Donald Swann - More Excerpts From At the Drop of A Hat - 7 Inch - UK Pressing - Parlophone - GEP - Aqua/Silver Label Design 4 Track EP Featuring A Song For the Weather, Design For Living, Kokoraki and Madeira M'dear Pic Sleeve /5(73).
  5. Michael Flanders and Donald Swann opened At the Drop of a Hat, a multi-topical "after dinner farrago" on New Year's Eve at the New Lindsey Theatre in London. It ran for three weeks and then moved to the Fortune Theatre where it prevailed from to
  6. Album Description. Michael Flanders and Donald Swann opened At the Drop of a Hat, a multi-topical "after dinner farrago" on New Year's Eve at the New Lindsey Theatre in London. It ran for three weeks and then moved to the Fortune Theatre where it prevailed from to
  7. British composer, musician and entertainer (b. Sept – d. Mar), best known for his partnership of writing and performing comic songs with Michael Flanders. For releases with Michael Flanders, please use Flanders & halfcelltitegodfeperarinlelasag.xyzinfo credit Flanders & Swann writing credits to this artist.
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