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Jovial joker Jimmy joins Jive Aces for ‘JiveStream’ 150 150 mhamer

Jovial joker Jimmy joins Jive Aces for ‘JiveStream’

Hi folks! Why not join us this coming Monday on Facebook, as six aces and a joker share some chat and swing live on Facebook, looking forward to working again with these internationally acclaimed group of guys, (Ian, Vince, John, Alex, Ken, Peter), the Jive Aces

Jimmy Cricket is joining the Jive Aces as a special guest on their daily virtual show.

The UK music band present a ‘JiveStream’ every day during the coronavirus lockdown.

Tomorrow’s episode (Monday 3 August) will be their 140th and features our Jimmy.

The performance begins at 8.30pm.

Popular comic Jimmy tweeted: “Hi folks! Why not join us this coming Monday on Facebook, as six aces and a joker share some chat and swing live on Facebook.

“Looking forward to working again with these internationally acclaimed group of guys, (Ian, Vince, John, Alex, Ken, Peter).”

The Jive Aces say ‘JiveStream’ is “an hour of swingin’ music, quality banter, celebrity call-ins, prize draw giveaways and utter stupidity every day during the lock from 8:30pm UK time”.

You can watch the show on YouTube, Facebook or Twitch at the links below:

http://www.facebook.com/jiveaces/live

http://www.youtube.com/jiveaces/live

http://www.twitch.tv/jiveaces

Wikipedia says the band have long been recognised as one of the top swing bands in the world.

They have performed in more than 40 countries.

The June 2015 issue of Vintage Rock magazine described the group as the “UK’s number one jive and swing band”.

The six-member group were formed in 1989 and were Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists in 2012.

They have released 11 albums and performed at numerous music festivals.

Also read: Tea on the green in Exeter with the Jive Aces

Hi folks! Why not join us this coming Monday on Facebook, as six aces and a joker share some chat and swing live on Facebook, looking forward to working again with these internationally acclaimed group of guys, (Ian, Vince, John, Alex, Ken, Peter), called the Jive Aces

Mammy’s letters are handy reading for the garden! 150 150 mhamer

Mammy’s letters are handy reading for the garden!

Steve Hewlett @ventriloquist29 @jimmy__cricket I might read these this weekend in the garden Red heart 👍🏻 Glowing star

Popular ventriloquist Steve Hewlett has the perfect answer to what to read during the coronavirus lockdown – two Jimmy Cricket books!

Steve, who was a finalist in the seventh series of Britain’s Got Talent, posted a photo of the books on Twitter.

He tagged Jimmy in it and said: “I might read these this weekend in the garden.”

The books are the first and second editions of Come ‘ere There’s More! Letters from Me Mammy.

Jimmy is particularly well-known for the letters he reads on stage from his Mammy back in Northern Ireland.

They helped him to become a household name back in the 1980s.

Top-class performers

Steve has also performed at the Royal Albert Hall and guested as a ventriloquist on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

He has headlined summer seasons and comedy clubs as well as devising, producing & appearing in countless variety shows.

Over the years, he has worked with many top-class performers, including the Osmonds, the Stylistics, the late Sir Ken Dodd, the late Roy Hudd, Ricky Tomlinson, Tom O’Connor, Bobby Davro and many more.

And Jimmy himself of course!

They both performed in a fund-raising show in September 2018 in memory of the late Keith Harris.

The event, called Eyes & Teeth, took place at the Viva Blackpool in the west Lancashire seaside resort.

All the money raised went towards The Keith Harris & Orville Statue Fund as part of a campaign to erect a memorial in the town for the late ventriloquist.

Keith was best known for his television show The Keith Harris Show (from 1982 to 1990) and for his appearances with his puppets Orville the Duck and Cuddles the Monkey.

Lancashire priests Jack & Krac in night of comedy 150 150 mhamer

Lancashire priests Jack & Krac in night of comedy

Jack&Krac Clergy

Jimmy Cricket will be performing in the same show as comic priests Jack and Krac in July.

Fr Alex Frost and Rev Chris Krawiec (pictured above) are two Church of England curates based in East Lancashire.

Together they form the comedy duo of Jack (Alex) and Krac (Chris), and they will be performing at St Bartholomew’s in Great Harwood along with famous entertainer Jimmy on 20 July at 7pm.

View one of their comedy clips here.

The duo posted on Twitter recently that they will be returning “for another night of comedy starring comedy legend, the one and only . Tickets available from 16th May. This is a wonderful intimate venue and so tickets are very limited!”.

They had previously been approached to audition for ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

Jimmy Cricket to perform in Spain, Cyprus & Ireland 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket to perform in Spain, Cyprus & Ireland

Pissouri Amphitheatre

Veteran comedian Jimmy Cricket is going international during the remainder of 2016.

Jimmy, 70, has plans to entertain in Spain during June, in Cyprus through September and in the Republic of Ireland in November.

His trip to the Costa Blanca during the first week of June involves appearances at The Emerald Isle and the Madhouse, both located in the Orihuela district of the Alicante region.

For more information on Jimmy’s appearances there, go to https://www.facebook.com/emeraldislelf and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Matrix-Madhouse/399223050228664

Then in September, Rochdale-based Jimmy will team up with Richard & Adam – who both featured in the 2013 series of Britain’s Got Talent – to tour some of the wonderful venues located in and around the lovely Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

The famous entertainer’s visit includes an appearance at the Pissouri Amphitheatre (pictured above) in the Limassol region of the island. For tickets to all of these Cypriot shows, please visit http://www.lyceumproductions.eu/

Jimmy will travel to County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland towards the backend of the year.

On Saturday 5 November, he will bring his stand-up comedy show to the Balor Arts Centre in Ballybofey.  He was last there eight years ago in the old venue, which has since been replaced by a brand new facility.

Belfast-born Jimmy is looking forward to returning to the venue as last time it was a full house! For tickets, please visit http://www.balorartscentre.finntech.ie/

Tea on the Green in Exeter with the Jive Aces 150 150 mhamer

Tea on the Green in Exeter with the Jive Aces

Jimmy Cricket with the Jive Aces

Comedian Jimmy Cricket bumped into the Jive Aces on his travels in the West Country.

Well-known entertainer Jimmy had appeared in Torquay and was staying overnight at the Holiday Inn Express in Exeter when he saw his friends the Jive Aces, who had also stopped off at the same overnight lodgings.

The Jive Aces are a high energy, jive and swing band, formed in 1989. They were the winners of BBC TV’s Opportunity Knocks and also Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists in 2012.

They played at the wedding reception of Jimmy’s youngest daughter last year and he was thrilled to meet up with them again in Exeter.

Jimmy Cricket and his wife May with the Jive Aces

Jimmy, pictured above with the band and his wife May, said: “We headed into the city for brunch and stopped off outside Cathedral Green at a lovely spot called Tea on the Green. Not only was the food great there, but the owner Ben was very hospitable and warm.

“Over brunch, I learned that the Jive Aces had made it over to the United States earlier this year, where they spent a couple of months touring around the state of Florida.

“I wonder who I will bump into next on my tour of shows around the UK!”

Jimmy Cricket with the Jive Aces

Britain’s Got Talent winner in variety show 150 150 mhamer

Britain’s Got Talent winner in variety show

Viva Variety takes place at the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr on 14 AugustJimmy Cricket will make his first visit for many years to the magnificent Gaiety Theatre in Ayr next month.

The famous entertainer will be heading to the south-west coast of Scotland to feature in a variety show, Viva Variety, with local celebrity Liam Dolan – who is also the producer of the show – and Jai McDowall, the Scottish singer-songwriter who won Britain’s Got Talent in 2011.

The line-up is further complemented by the Dansarena Dancers who won a local talent search called Gaiety Got Talent hosted at the theatre at the beginning of July. The first prize of the talent show was to appear on Jimmy’s three extravaganzas on 14 and 15 August.

The Gaiety Theatre is a venue Jimmy appeared at for a week of shows in the 1980s when his special guest star was none other than EastEnders actor Shane Ritchie!

In recent times the theatre had a long spell when it was closed, with no prospect of it re-opening. However, a local consortium formed a campaign to revive the theatre and their aim was realised a couple of years ago when the front doors opened again for live entertainment.

Young singing star from Liverpool 150 150 mhamer

Young singing star from Liverpool

A young singing sensation from Liverpool wowed an appreciative audience at the latest Golden Wellie Club night in Norden, Rochdale.

Jimmy Cricket with Kyle from Liverpool
Jimmy with Kyle after the show

Kyle Corrin is only still 12, but showed he has a big future ahead of him in the entertainment world with a stunning performance.

A guitarist as well a singer, Kyle had first impressed Jimmy when he performed at the Strand Shopping Centre in his hometown of Bootle last September.

Jimmy, who was visiting the centre to help with a charity event, said: “Ever since then, I have wanted to encourage Kyle further as I think he has bags of talent.

“Not just because he can sing and perform, but also as he is a good guitar player as well.”

Jimmy invited Kyle to come to one of his monthly JAM nights, where the floor is open to performers who want to try out their acts to gain some confidence.

Kyle came along with his dad and aunt to the January show at St Vincent’s Parish Centre where he sang a couple of songs.

Jimmy said: “He went down really well with the regulars who attend the club and was warmly received.

“I hope Kyle can now get some more live performances under his belt so that he can develop his performance skills further, as I think this young person can go far!”

Kyle, who is planning to audition for this year’s Britain’s Got Talent on ITV, said: “I taught myself to play both the guitar and the piano.”

Photo courtesy of photographer John Kay