IAN AND DOM'S BLOG

Photographs & tales, following a jazz saxophone & piano duo from Scotland, as they tour around the UK and beyond, in their Tour Bus (a converted ambulance). Click on a photo below to read each post.

Over Haddon & Oxton

Our late autumn/early winter gigs continued into Yorkshire and the Scottish Borders. These were both really enjoyable concerts with good numbers and fantastic audience responses.

Over Haddon is situated in Derbyshire in the Peak District National Park and close to the town of Bakewell. Of course, being late November, it was dark by the time we arrived, so we didn’t see much of the village until the next morning. After a hearty meal of “Spanish” omlette and baked beans, we unpacked our gear and set up the hall. It was a beautiful hall, and fairly new, and we were welcomed with a cup of coffee.

In our Tour Bus on the way to Over Haddon


We use an ambulance symbol on our sat nav!


“Spanish” omlette & beans for dinner


Yum! Yum!


Over Haddon Village Hall…..all ready for the concert


…..the audience start to arrive


…..we’re introduced to the audience


It was a lovely audience. Very enthusiastic and appreciative. An encore was duly supplied. The village hall took lots of photos and put them on their Facebook page. Here’s some of them:






















Unfortunately, the next day was pretty wet, so we were unable to see much of the great view from the hall in the morning. We had a long drive to the next gig, so after poached eggs on toast for breakfast we set off early for our 235 mile trip to Oxton in the Scottish Borders. At least it was on the way back home – well, it was very nearly at home!

In the morning we discovered that there were two horses in the field next to us

Our Tour Bus snuggled up in the car park


Over Haddon Village Hall


Poached eggs on toast. (and tea in my Old Well Theatre, Moffat mug!)

Yum! Yum!

It rained for the whole journey, as we headed up the M1 then onto the A1 up to Scotland. We warmed ourselves up with a home-made Lentil & Vegetable Stew before arriving at the gig. Oxton is just off the A68 outside Lauder in the Scottish Borders. We’d driven past many, many times, but this was the first time we actually went into Oxton. It was dark, of course and since we were travelling the short distance home after the gig, we haven’t really seen the village properly. But the hall was open for us, and the heating was on. Fantastic! We’ll have to drop by the next time we’re passing in daylight.

It was another very appreciative and friendly audience (and more than they were expecting!). An encore was duly supplied.

Lentil & Veg Stew on the hob…..


Hot, steaming, tasty & filling!


Yum! Yum!

Sound check at Oxton Village Hall


Dom warms up…


Ian warms up…


The audience…


photo courtesy of audience member Iain McQueen


A well deserved beer after the gig. Cheers!


Here’s our next three “On the Road with Ian & Dom” one minute videos (with sound) – we hope you like them:

“Ad Hocery” written by Ian Millar

Ian Millar – tenor saxophone
Dominic Spencer – piano
“Khamsin” written by Ian Millar (a Khamsin is a 50 day Egyptian wind)

Ian Millar – soprano saxophone
Dominic Spencer – piano
“Against the Grain” written by Ian Millar

Ian Millar – tenor saxophone
Dominic Spencer – piano

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