September Gossip Hoover Our intrepid collector of show business tittle-tattle has found another selection of tit-bits for the consumption of UK Cabaret readers.
To the Lincolnshire coast first, where it was wonderful great to see comedian Duncan ‘Chase Me’ Norvelle back on stage after recently suffering a debilitating stroke. The Embassy Centre in Skegness was packed with fans and well-wishers, as Duncan rolled back the years and had the crowd eating out of his hand and in paroxysms of mirth. Not many people realise that Duncan is also a great vocalist, as he proved a few years ago in a recording session duet with singer Julie Reed-Asquith.
To West Yorkshire now, where the affable singer and UK Cabaret subscriber Graham Stevens scooped the Huddersfield and District Clubland Artiste of the Year award. I’m sure such a prestigious award could not have been picked up by a nicer guy.
To our nation’s capital, where Des O’Connor& Jimmy Tarbuck are lined up to headline a huge scale variety show at the London Palladium in October. The very wonderful production and direction pairing of Laurie Mansfield and Kevin Bishop, who ran telly not so long ago, before the student union body and the accountant number-crunchers took over, are to make everything happen in aid of the entertainment artistes benevolent fund. Hopefully they will show the children who apparently run the Royal Variety show these days how real cabaret should be presented.
Overseas now to Andalucia, where UK Cabaret feature writer and tribute artiste Paul Tayler made a massive hit during a spell in Southern Spain. Paul, for some reason also known as Saul, was working in shows at stadium style outdoor venues in Spain. Promoter Chris King was said to be cock-a-hoop!
UK Cabaret feature writer and magician John Danbury is going down-under with his latest cabaret venture. However, it is not Australia where Danbury and his cast will be strutting their stuff. Instead the versatile Danbury will be in his native Yorkshire, appearing at the National coal mining museum in a production called Cabaret at the Coal Face. This just goes to show what depths some people will go to in order to fill their diary!
Up to the North-East of England now to watch out for UK Cabaret subscriber and magician Steve Lucock and his menagerie of magazine creatures, who will be appearing on a new Channel 5 telly show soon.
Yorkshire Clubland stalwart Ivor Hillman is also on telly soon in the culinary extravaganza Come Dine with Me. A recipe for success? Maybe!
The Gossip Hoover will be back next month with more trivia and tittle-tattle. The Goss never ends!