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Jimmy Cricket to appear on BBC Northern Ireland’s Nolan Live

Stephen Nolan - Jimmy Cricket is appearing on his BBC radio show

Jimmy Cricket is going to appear on BBC Northern Ireland’s popular current affairs television show Nolan Live on Wednesday, June 3.

It is presented by Stephen Nolan (above) – a name that might be familiar to readers as he is often heard on BBC Radio 5 live presenting the station’s evening programme at the weekend.

Stephen Nolan's programme is called Nolan Live

Stephen’s TV show in Northern Ireland is a mix between topical debate and chat – he holds a panel discussion during one part of the programme, with the other section devoted to talking to a special guest. The first programme in this current series featured Peter Stringfellow,  the British businessman and nightclub owner.

Nolan Live has built a significant share of the viewing audience over several series and is now one of the most popular shows that BBC Northern Ireland produces for its home audience.

Famous entertainer Jimmy said: “Not only will I be having a chat with Stephen about what I am up to currently, but I have also been asked to perform some comedy stand-up and this is an opportunity I’m relishing.”

Jimmy Cricket agrees digital download deal

Jimmy Cricket has agreed a deal with Townsend Records
Jimmy Cricket has formed a new partnership with an independent record store, whose clients include singer-songwriter Noel Gallagher, entertainer Mike Harding and folk band Houghton Weavers.

The well-known Northern Irish comedian has agreed for Townsend Records, who are based in Great Harwood near Blackburn in Lancashire,  to exclusively provide and manage a new digital store, where downloads of all four of his CD titles can be obtained – both as a full album or as individual tracks.

This means that his two comedy CDs – Best of Jimmy Cricket and Jimmy Cricket – Bee in his Bonnet – and his two music CDs, Jimmy Cricket – I’m dreaming of a far off land and Jimmy Cricket – Light & Shade, are now available to purchase in a digital format online.

Each individual track can be downloaded at a cost of 99p each, with each full album priced at £9.99 per download.

Jimmy’s new online store can be found at http://jimmycricket.tmstor.es/

Burnley FC event raises £10,000 for good causes

Burnley Football Club

Almost 450 people attended the Pauline Helm Memorial Event at Burnley Football Club, where Jimmy Cricket was one of the entertainers.

The Pauline Helm Memorial Event took place at Burnley Football ClubThe fund-raising gala dinner evening was organised by Pauline’s widower, Graham Helm (pictured below with Jimmy), and was held in one of the club’s main function suites, which was packed to the rafters with almost 450 people there.

It was hosted by BBC Radio Lancashire presenter Sally Naden and, apart from Jimmy’s contribution, the entertainment programme also featured Bacup-born international opera singer Sean Ruane (pictured below right with his wife) and music from the excellent band, A few good men.

International opera singer Sean Ruane with his wifeFamous Northern Irish comedian Jimmy said: “The evening raised a magnificent £10,000 in total and this achieved figure was a richly deserved outcome for Graham after all of his efforts over a number of months in the lead-up to the event.”

The money raised will now be split between two great causes, with £7,000 being awarded to the local East Lancashire Hospice and £3,000 going to construct an outdoor performance space for young people in Burnley.

Jimmy Cricket and Graham Helm at the memorial event at Burnley Football Club

‘Man in wellies & battered hat saves the day’

Jimmy Cricket's latest column in the Lancashire Evening Post

Jimmy Cricket has been reminiscing about the era of the comedy song and how he hopes he has helped keep it alive.

In his latest column for the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post, the famous entertainer recalls “the many comedy and novelty songs that used to permeate the airwaves in the 50s and 60s”.

He adds: “Commercial radio stations all have playlists now. This means they only play songs that appeal to younger audiences , which companies who advertise with them deem to be possible customers. That’s how the commercial radio stations make their money.

Jimmy Cricket's Light & Shade

“However, you can still hear comedy and novelty songs on BBC radio stations, especially on their request shows.

“However, fear not dear readers.

“Just when you thought the comedy song was a footnote in the history of popular music, along comes the man in the wellies and the battered hat to save the day!

“Yes, my new CD called Light & Shade contains gems like ‘my budgie’s been tweeting for years’ and ‘I got blotto when I thought I’d won the lotto’.”

Light & Shade was officially released on 1 February and is available for £6 at www.jimmycricketshop.co.uk and at Jimmy’s live shows.

In the inside sleeve, Jimmy talks about the history behind the CD, which features a mixture of serious and comedy songs.

Nostalgic flashback: Christmas panto 2010

Jimmy Cricket was reminded of a Christmas pantomime past through a series of photographs sent to him recently.

The pictures were from the 2010-11 festive season when the famous entertainer appeared at the Doncaster Civic Theatre in a panto version of Aladdin.

This Christmas show was produced by David Lee of Pantoni Productions and it was he who sent Jimmy the images in the slideshow above.

Funnyman Jimmy said: “It was a nice reminder of the show and its cast, whom I enjoyed working with.”

Since Aladdin there has been a change of scenery for the arts in Doncaster because this pantomime was one of the last before the civic theatre was demolished.

It was replaced by a brand new modern arts centre called Cast and so now only memories remain of what was the town’s main auditorium for a number of years.

* Click on either of the arrow buttons above to view the slideshow.

The Irish comedian & the Midlands crooner

Jimmy Cricket joins Michael George at the Concordia Theatre Hinckley in Leciestershire on Saturday 23 MayJimmy Cricket has been asked to team up with Midlands crooner Michael George for two special shows in May.

It will mean an evening of great swing music combined with Jimmy’s inimitable style of comedy. There will also be a live band and some great support acts lined up.

One production will be at the Concordia Theatre in Hinckley, Leicestershire, near to where singer Michael George is based. In fact, it is becoming an annual tradition for him to bring a show to the Concordia Theatre as this is the third time he will do so.

Each of the previous two shows have been very well attended, so everyone is expecting a packed auditorium when Jimmy joins Michael for this year’s version on Saturday 23 May.

Virtually the same production will visit the Trinity Arts centre in Gainsborough a week before the Concordia one as both Michael and Jimmy head there on Saturday 16 May.

‘Great chance to support live entertainment’

Jimmy Cricket will appear alongside  Andy Eastwood at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, on Sunday 19 AprilJimmy Cricket is set to team up again with friend and multi-talented entertainer Andy Eastwood, who can do a “great George Formby tribute act”.

The famous comedian will appear alongside  Andy at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, on Sunday 19 April.

The show is being presented by the local Bexhill Festival of Music Society, which is led by  Tony Mansi.

Jimmy has worked with Andy on numerous occasions in the past and continues to be in awe of his musical talents.

“Not only can Andy do a great George Formby tribute, but he is no mean musician with the ability to play several instruments at an incredibly high standard, including the violin and ukulele – plus many more,” said Jimmy.

“Tony has put together a great early evening’s entertainment programme, with the show due to start off at the very family friendly time of 5pm.

“This will be a great post-Easter opportunity to support live entertainment if you live on the south coast around the East Sussex shoreline.”

Wigan-born George Formby was an actor, singer-songwriter and comedian, who became known to a worldwide audience through his films of the 1930s and 1940s.

On stage, screen and record he sang light, comical songs, usually playing the ukulele or banjolele, and became the UK’s highest-paid entertainer.

Jimmy’s visit to Popstars Academy – in pictures

Watch a special photo slideshow of Jimmy Cricket’s visit to Middleton Popstars Academy in North Manchester.

The well-known comedian met youngsters involved in performance and dance activities as well as music and event production.

And he returns to see the Popstars team on 11 July to appear at their Bojangles Theatre, where he will act as the show’s host as they present some of their best routines.

For tickets to see the event, please ring the Popstars on 0161 653 7747.

To play the slideshow, click on either of the arrow buttons above (note that there is no sound). You can view it in fullscreen by clicking on the diamond shape on the bottom right-hand side of the feature. 

Teaming up with talented young entertainers

Jimmy Cricket appeared at Middleton Popstars Academy
Jimmy Cricket’s meeting earlier this month with a group of talented young people was covered in the local press.

The 19 February edition of the Middleton Guardian reported on famous entertainer Jimmy’s visit to the Middleton Popstars Academy in North Manchester.

Jimmy Cricket appeared at Middleton Popstars Academy

He met youngsters who were involved in not just performance and dance activities, but also in music and event production.

His visit went so well that he will return to the Popstars base on the evening of 11 July to appear at their Bojangles Theatre.

It should be a great night’s entertainment with Jimmy set to act as the show’s host for the Popstars, who will be presenting some of their best routines.

For tickets to the event, please ring the Popstars on 0161 653 7747.

The 90-seater Bojangles Theatre on Morton Street in Middleton town centre officially opened in February last year and cost £75,000 to build.

The name was chosen to honour former student Jack McLean, who wowed audiences with his rendition of Mr Bojangles before his death three years ago.

‘Honoured’ to perform at 80th birthday party

Jimmy Cricket and friends

Famous comedian Jimmy Cricket was a special performing guest at an 80th birthday party recently.

Jimmy Cricket performing

The event was held  for Sheila Selby at Haydock conservative Club at the end of January.

Jimmy, who provided the entertainment, said: “I was honoured to have participated in this special event.

“I was also thrilled to have met both Sheila and her husband, who had been together in marriage for a total of 61 years!”

The photographs were taken by Fred Carter.

Jimmy Cricket and friends