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A special guest on tour of world-famous Osmonds 150 150 mhamer

A special guest on tour of world-famous Osmonds

Jimmy Cricket will be teaming up with the world-famous Osmonds for a special Christmas tour later this year

Jimmy Cricket is teaming up with several of the world-famous Osmonds for a special tour of the UK later this year.

The well-known Northern Irishman comedian will be a special guest for the series of shows, called the Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular, throughout the month of December.

The Osmonds are an American family music group with a long and varied history as star performers.

They started their musical careers as children and achieved further success as teen-music idols, going on to produce a hit television show and also perform as solo and group artists.

The Osmonds group first comprised brothers Alan, Wayne, Merril and Jay Osmond. They were later joined by younger siblings Donny – the most famous of all of them – and Jimmy. Their only sister Marie, who rarely sang with her brothers at that time, launched a successful solo career in 1973.

Jimmy said: “The month of December has traditionally meant pantomime time and this tour will be quite a departure for me.

“Nonetheless, it is an exciting prospect and I cannot wait to team up with the Osmonds, who have a global following and reputation.

“Although I love the art form of pantomime and the attraction it holds for children and families, I have thought for some time that there should be an alternative offering out there over the Christmas period.

“This show fits the bill perfectly and the atmosphere at each venue will be so uplifting that those in attendance will definitely leave in the Christmas spirit!”

Tickets for the tour will go on pre-sale from Wednesday morning (March 25), with tickets on general sale from Friday.

Full list of dates and venues for the Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular are as follows:


TUES 8 – MALVERN Theatres 01684 892277

WED 9 – GUILDFORD G Live 0844 7701 797

THURS 10 – WORTHING Assembly Hall 01903 206206

FRI 11 – HARROGATE International Centre 01423 502116

SAT 12 – CROYDON Fairfield Halls 020 8688 9291

SUN 13 – WATFORD Colosseum 0845 075 3993

MON 14 – MARGATE Winter Gardens 01843 292795

TUES 15 – EASTBOURNE Congress Theatre 01323 412000

WED 16 – LONDON Indigo2 08448 244824

THURS 17 – WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall 0870 320 7000

FRI 18 – BRADFORD St George’s Hall 01274 432000

SAT 19 – BURNLEY Mechanics Theatre 01282 664400

SUN 20 – NEWCASTLE City Hall 0191 277 8030

MON 21 – EDINBURGH Queens Theatre 0131 668 2019

TUES 22 – CHESTERFIELD Winding Wheel 01246 345222

The tour is promoted by Tony Denton Promotions and  for more information about the show and for links to each individual venue, please go to the Tony Denton Promotions website at

‘Happy & thrilled’ at musical’s success 150 150 mhamer

‘Happy & thrilled’ at musical’s success

The opening night of the premiere of Jimmy Cricket’s new musical, Maloney’s Big Moment. The photo was taken backstage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn and features Jimmy with the cast of the show, alongside the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackburn

Famous comedian Jimmy Cricket said he was “happy” and “thrilled” following the successful launch of his new musical.

Large audiences turned out to watch the two-night premiere of Maloney’s Big Moment at the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn earlier this month.

Jimmy said: “For both performances, more than 80% of tickets were sold, which for an original piece of theatre is a tremendous return. I am just thrilled I was able to get this new musical off the ground.

“I must thank the talented cast who only assembled really at the last minute, the fine musicians who made up the band, and the theatre’s technical staff for all coming together and delivering two performances of the show without much rehearsal time.

“I am also really happy that so many friends, colleagues, supporters and interested spectators came to support the show in such huge numbers.”

Above: Jimmy is pictured with the cast of the show, alongside the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackburn, back stage at the theatre on the opening night of the musical.

Joining bid to save local pavilion 150 150 mhamer

Joining bid to save local pavilion

Jimmy Cricket performed at the Ipswich Corn Exchange on May 8 as part of The Good  Old Days of Music Hall and VarietyTop entertainer Jimmy Cricket has thrown his weight behind saving a local theatre.

The famous Irish comedian told Ipswich Star and East Anglian Daily Times journalist Wayne Savage he had sent an email in support of Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion.

In an article which was published in both newspapers, Jimmy said: “I got an email saying there were two consortiums that wanted to take over but had been turned down by the council, but they were amalgamating and wanted to turn it into a community-type theatre to help young people develop their theatrical skills and for disabled people and would I get behind their pitch.

“I said with pleasure and emailed off an endorsement. It would be a crime to
demolish it.”

Jimmy was in the region last week when he performed at the Ipswich Corn
Exchange as part of The Good Old Days of Music Hall and Variety.

He was supported in the 8 May production by a company of singers and stars of TV and radio, including Shep’s Banjo Boys – who have played at the London Palladium – plus comedy and speciality acts.

Easter shows on the border 150 150 mhamer

Easter shows on the border

Jimmy Cricket and Clive Abbot  performing

Jimmy and Clive Abbot performing

The northern-most town in England was one of the latest destinations for top entertainer Jimmy Cricket.

Jimmy Cricket with Ted, a champion ballroom dancer and ex-Royal Navy officer

Jimmy with Ted, a champion ballroom dancer

He appeared in Berwick-upon-Tweed on the England-Scotland border for two shows over the Easter weekend.

First, the famous Irish comedian was at Berwick Bowling Club and the following night he performed at Tweedmouth Bowling Club.

Both featured Jimmy as the headline artist, supported by the gifted singer and guitar player Clive Abbot.

The two shows were put together by local businessman Albert Whyte.

Albert runs the excellently rated b&B establishment Whyteside House in the heart of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Jimmy Cricket with two bowling committee Tweedmouth

Jimmy with two bowling committee members at Tweedmouth


‘Best Irish comedy act you will ever see’ 150 150 mhamer

‘Best Irish comedy act you will ever see’

Jimmy Cricket has been described as “Ken Dodd, Tommy Cooper and Les Dawson all rolled into one”.

Jimmy Cricket performs at Boothys in Mansfield on Friday 5 April

The famous comedian appears on a night of laughter and music at Boothys in Mansfield on Friday 5 April, with organiser Gerry Molumby insisting: “He is the best Irish comedy act you will ever see.”

Acushla will provide the music, while one or two local acts may also perform on the night.

The show begins at 8pm and tickets are £8, available from Boothys or, if there are any left, on the door on the night.

Boothys’ address is 2 West Hill Drive, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Postcode is NG18 1PJ and telephone number 01623 623729.

‘Promising a night of belly laughs’ 150 150 mhamer

‘Promising a night of belly laughs’

The feature in the North Wales Daily Post by freelance journalist Samuel Evans

The North Wales Daily Post feature by journalist Samuel Evans

A “journey back across the years” awaits Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket on 8 June.

The famous funnyman is appearing at Towyn’s Morton Arms in North Wales next Friday in a show organised by local entertainment entrepreneur Darren Howells.

To mark the event, a feature has been written in the North Wales Daily Post by freelance journalist Samuel Evans.

The story begins…

Jimmy Cricket, renowned for his funny hat, his wellies on the wrong feet and of course letters from his Mammy, is packing his bags ready for a trip to North Wales this summer and a journey back across the years.

“The times might have changed since the 80s but I have embraced everything into my act,” he said. “What you get now is the Jimmy Cricket take on things, and of course I’ll have a letter from my Mammy.”

Full of his favourite material, Jimmy is promising a night of belly laughs when he takes the mic at Towyn’s Morton Arms in June.

Read the full article here