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Christmas lunch at Leeds hotel for City Varieties 150 150 mhamer

Christmas lunch at Leeds hotel for City Varieties

Jimmy Cricket with Friends of City Varieties in Leeds

Jimmy Cricket headlined a Christmas luncheon in Leeds earlier this month.

The Northern Irish funnyman performed at the event organised by The Friends Of The City Varieties at the Hilton Hotel in the West Yorkshire city.

Fellow acts included Billy Bedlam and compere Johnny Pat.

The Friends of The City Varieties promote public appreciation and understanding of the arts by the support, maintenance and advancement of the charitable work of the City Varieties Music Hall.



Christmas show @Square Chapel in Halifax was a ‘wonderful evening’ 150 150 mhamer

Christmas show @Square Chapel in Halifax was a ‘wonderful evening’

Jimmy Cricket posted a thank-you message on Twitter after his Christmas show at the Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax, West YorkshireJimmy Cricket expressed his thanks to all after thoroughly enjoying his Christmas show at the Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

Friday’s event also featured pianist Roger Stevenson, songwriters Cath Binns and Angus MacGregor, festive songs from the Halifax-based Sing for Fun ladies group and Christmas cheer from the local talented performers of the Stage Door Studio Theatre Workshop.

Afterwards, Jimmy posted a message on social media channel Twitter saying it had been a “wonderful evening”.

Suarez song goes global 150 150 mhamer

Suarez song goes global

I was bit by Luis Suarez is a song by Jimmy Cricket

Jimmy Cricket’s new song, I was bit by Luis Suarez, has gone worldwide since its release over all digital outlets a week ago.

In addition to being available at  iTunes, Amazon and Tesco, it has even been spotted on a Taiwanese online music store!

Jimmy Cricket's I was bit by Luis Suarez

And media coverage of the song,  which is based on the Uruguay and former Liverpool striker who was banned for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup in Brazil this summer, has been far and wide too.

As well as being featured in the Daily Mirror and in its sister publication, the Irish Mirror, Jimmy’s tune has made it to Africa and to the United States of America.

For anyone interested in an actual CD copy of the song, it can be purchased for £2.50 by ringing the record label Rolling Tear who are the distributors. They can be contacted on 07931 528435.

And there’s more – the B side for the single is a karaoke singalong version of the song!

Jimmy said he was thrilled about the response so far, adding: “I have just been blown away with the interest that has been generated by this comedy song.

“I thought it was such a huge topic during this year’s Brazil World Cup that I just had to have a go at writing a funny take on the story. I am thrilled it has created a bit of a stir and the global attention is something I did not really expect at all!”

To watch the video of the song, visit Jimmy’s video channel at YouTube here.

And you can pre-order  I was bit by Luis Suarez at iTunes.

For all the latest updates on the song from Jimmy, go to his Twitter page.

I was bit by Luis Suarez – see video trailer 150 150 mhamer

I was bit by Luis Suarez – see video trailer

The Spenborough Guardian front page previewing the article on Jimmy Cricket

The most controversial incident at this summer’s 2014 World Cup in Brazil is the subject of Jimmy Cricket’s latest comedy song.

I was bit by Luis Suarez is based on the Uruguayan and former Liverpool striker who was banned for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the group match between the two national sides in June.

Jimmy Cricket's song is about Uruguay footballer Luis Suarez

Jimmy’s song is about Uruguay footballer Luis Suarez

Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy said: “It inspired me to write one of my unique and colourful comedy songs about Luis Suarez and his habit of using this unusual tactic on the field of play.”

The idea of the song was picked up by a specialist comedy record label that has just been created called Rolling Tear. The company is based near Dewsbury in West Yorkshire.

Rolling Tear arranged for Jimmy’s track to be recorded and also organised for an accompanying music video to be filmed.

During the filming, which took place at the Hartshead Social Club in Liversedge, Kirklees, the local newspaper sent a photographer to gatecrash the video shoot.

The Spenborough Guardian then featured Jimmy’s filming day in one of their editions.

The article on Jimmy Cricket's song about Luis Suarez appeared in the Spenborough GuardianThe article, published earlier this month, said: “The video follows the comic who, back from a holiday in Uruguay, regales Rob the landlord with a tale of how he got on the wrong-side of the hot-headed Barcelona star [Suarez joined Barcelona from Liverpool this summer].

“The comic said: ‘It is a tale of espionage in South America!

“‘I have a friend who runs Loom Studio in Birstall, Leeds– they were telling me they wanted me to do a comedy song.

“‘I had been watching the biting incident at the World Cup, so I decided to make one about that.’

“The song’s chorus goes: ‘I was bit by Luis Suarez/And it wasn’t just a peck/When I was bit by Luis Suarez/I got it in the neck.’

“The video features terrace-style chanting and some pub regulars waving maracas.”

The song with video is officially released on Tuesday 26 August and will be available from all major digital outlets.

For a sneak preview, visit Jimmy’s video channel at YouTube here.

And you can pre-order the song at iTunes here.

For all the latest updates on the song from Jimmy, go to his Twitter page.

Thanks to photographer Jake O for the photos which appeared in the Spenborough Guardian.

Returning for the first time in a decade 150 150 mhamer

Returning for the first time in a decade

Jimmy Cricket will headline the 60s night at Huddersfield Sports CentreJimmy Cricket is going to perform in Huddersfield for the first time in at least 10 years.

The well-known Northern Irish entertainer will headline a 60s party at the Huddersfield Sports Centre in the West Yorkshire town on Saturday 13 September.

The event is being hosted and promoted by local entrepreneur Michael Ricards.

Jimmy said: “It’s amazing to think that being based in Rochdale in North Manchester, I am only a stone’s throw away from Huddersfield.

“But I have not appeared in the town for at least a decade! So this is a welcome return from yours truly and the night promises to be an evening brimming with laughter and dancing.”

Tickets are available by either visiting or ringing 0800 689 1708.

Here comes the bride… 150 150 mhamer

Here comes the bride…

The happy couple doing the first dance played to music from the two DavidsRochdale-based Jimmy Cricket crossed the Pennines to attend his niece’s wedding reception at the end of August.

Lindsay and Chris actually got married at Lake Garda in Italy, but on their return to Leeds they wanted to have a celebration for all their family and friends who could not make the ceremony.

The evening’s entertainment at Morley Rugby Club was provided by Lindsay’s brother and Northern Irish-born Jimmy’s nephew, David, who sang and played the keyboard alongside David Tattersall, a singer and guitarist.

They created delightful harmonies and the repertoire they chose for the occasion was a fine array of modern and classic pop songs.

The happy couple thanked everyone for their attendance, with a special mention to both their mums who, over the course of the night, looked after their one-year-old daughter, Brooke.

Above, the happy couple have the first dance of the evening to music performed by the two Davids and, below, Jimmy with wife May and the newly weds.

Jimmy Cricket with wife May and the newly wed couple