SEAN ATKINS Former Icicle Works leader Ian McNabb put in a genuinely solo show at the Waterfront in Norwich with no backing band and not even a support act.
Former Icicle Works leader Ian McNabb put in a genuinely solo show at the Waterfront in Norwich with no backing band and not even a support act.
The versatile musician was on stage nice and early to play guitars and keyboards during two sets with a half-time break.
McNabb is still making plenty of new music, but this tour was to promote Waifs and Strays, an album compiling previously unreleased versions of solo material from 1993 to 2000.
But that mixed bag of an album gives him just the excuse he needs to pick and choose exactly what he wants to play.
Thankfully for Icicle Works fans he was in the mood to play some of the songs that made such an impression in the 1980s. Evangeline, Understanding Jane and Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream) were excellent. They did not have the same powerful sound as when the Icicle Works were at their peak, but this stunning performance still showed the enduring strength of the material.
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And there is an understated quality about McNabb's solo work. He is still producing great tunes with clever, witty lyrics.
This laid-back show was the ideal chance to appreciate these songs.
Towards the end he invited fans to see him play in Liverpool with his full band. Let's hope we see them all in Norwich soon.