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Keith Harris tribute show: Double DVD coming soon!

See the video of the Keith Harris tribute show, recorded live at Viva Blackpool, featuring: The Krankies, The Grumbleweeds, Steve Rawlings, Ben Simmons, Keith Simmons, Christopher Biggins, Duncan Norvell, Steve Royle, Ivan Brackenbury, Kitty Harris, The Inspire Dancers, Bobby Crush, Steve Hewlett Ventriloquist, Jimmy Cricket, Mooky the clown, Hacker the dog and many more!

A double DVD of a special tribute show in which Jimmy Cricket and a host of other well-known entertainers performed is to go on sale soon.

The Keith Harris tribute show, recorded live at Viva Blackpool in September this year, also featured the likes of The Krankies, The GrumbleweedsSteve Rawlings, Christopher Biggins, Duncan Norvell, Steve Royle, Bobby Crush and Mooky the clown.

It is expected that the DVD will be finished within the next few weeks and pre-orders are being taken. If you pre order now, you can purchase for a special price of £18.99. The release price will be £21.99.

All proceeds will go towards The Keith Harris & Orville Statue Fund as part of a campaign to erect a memorial in Blackpool for the late ventriloquist.

For more details and to watch the DVD trailer, go here.

Eyes & Teeth took place on 21 September in memory of Keith, who died in Blackpool aged 67 in 2015.

He 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.

Northern Irish comedian Jimmy had posted the following message (and photo below) on social media after the show: “What an achievement for and lovely who organised “The Keith Harris Tribute Show” with great acts and legends such as Mooky, reminded me of the old days, Midnight Matinees.”

What an achievement for @ventriloquist29 and lovely @nina_strobe who organised @VIVABlackpool “The Keith Harris Tribute Show” with great acts and legends such as @theBobbyCrush @TheKrankiesUK @steveroylecomic @sasKeithandBen Mooky, reminded me of the old days, Midnight Matinees

Keith Harris tribute show – ‘great acts and legends!’

What an achievement for @ventriloquist29 and lovely @nina_strobe who organised @VIVABlackpool “The Keith Harris Tribute Show” with great acts and legends such as @theBobbyCrush @TheKrankiesUK @steveroylecomic @sasKeithandBen Mooky, reminded me of the old days, Midnight Matinees

Jimmy Cricket appeared with a host of fellow entertainers in memory of their late colleague and friend Keith Harris in Blackpool.

Eyes & Teeth took place at the Viva Blackpool on Friday (21 September), with all the money raised going towards The Keith Harris & Orville Statue Fund as part of a campaign to erect a memorial in the town for the late ventriloquist.

Keith, who died in Blackpool aged 67 in 2015, 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.

Other stars taking part in Friday’s show included Christopher Biggins, Bobby Davro and The Krankies.

Jimmy posted the following message on social media afterwards, along with the photos above: “What an achievement for and lovely who organised “The Keith Harris Tribute Show” with great acts and legends such as Mooky, reminded me of the old days, Midnight Matinees.”

Blackpool bonanza in aid of statue for Keith Harris

 

What promises to be a fabulous, "Variety Show", organised by the great comedy talent and @ventriloquist29 Mr Steve Hewlett in memory of his mentor and our great mutual friend Keith Harris

Jimmy Cricket will be appearing with a host of other top entertainers in a fund-raising show in memory of their late colleague and friend Keith Harris.

The event, called Eyes & Teeth,  takes place at the Viva Blackpool in the west Lancashire seaside resort on Friday 21 September (7.45 to 11.15pm).

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

He 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.

Keith, who died in Blackpool aged 67 in 2015 following a brave battle against cancer, had a UK Top 10 hit single in 1982 with Orville’s Song which reached number four in the charts.

Other stars appearing in the show alongside Jimmy include Bobby Davro, The Krankies, The Grumbleweeds, Duncan Norvelle and Nigel Havers.

Jimmy tweeted: “What promises to be a fabulous, “Variety Show”, organised by the great comedy talent and  Mr Steve Hewlett in memory of his mentor and our great mutual friend Keith Harris, only a few tickets left folks if you would like to join us!🎭

Remaining tickets can be bought by visiting here – you can also call 01253 297297 or email boxoffice@vivablackpool.com

Bobby Davro one of the acts at Doncaster Dome

Jimmy Cricket and Bobby Davro

Old pals Jimmy Cricket and Bobby Davro both performed at a charity gala in South Yorkshire in memory of the late performer Dick Van Winkle.

Dick was a  multi-instrumentalist who worked on the variety circuit over the years, in summer season shows or on cruise ships.

Northern Irish comedian Jimmy and TV impressionist Bobby were at the Doncaster Dome last week along with other performers in aid of dementia and cancer charities.

And afterwards Jimmy, 72, tweeted that there had been a “host of great acts” in the variety show.

Jimmy Cricket and Bobby Davro

Sunshine Festival: Music, tribute acts and comedy

Jimmy Cricket with Sunshine Festival organisers Spencer & Phil

Famous funnyman Jimmy Cricket  appeared at this year’s Sunshine Music Festival in Worcestershire over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The Sunshine Festival programme

Set amid the idyllic scenery of Upton-upon-Severn, the festival has been growing over the past couple of years.

The 2016 sellout event featured a host of iconic music performers on the main stage such as Midge Ure, Leo Sayer, the Bay City Rollers, Sister Sledge and T’Pau.

It also featured a Variety Stage and a second smaller musical platform presenting tribute performers.

Jimmy, 70, featured on day two of the festival and his slot was on the Variety Stage, alongside the likes of Bobby Davro, Mick Miller and Kiki Dee.

The 2016 Sunshine Festival schedule

He said: “I enjoyed my visit to the festival and appreciated the help of event organisers Spencer & Phil (pictured top with Jimmy) and the Variety Stage’s sound engineer, Phil (bottom).

“I even bumped into my cousin’s daughter, Moria, who was at the event with her family. Moira’s mother originally came from Tangradee in Country Armagh before she decided to move over to England.”

Already scheduled to appear at the 2017 edition of the festival are The Three Degrees and Elkie Brooks.

Jimmy Cricket with the festival's Variety Stage sound engineer, Phil

Midge Ure & Bay City Rollers among Sunshine Music Festival acts

The Sunshine Festival takes place at Fish Meadow, Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire over the August bank holiday weekend

Jimmy Cricket will appear at a sellout summer festival at the end of this month, which will also feature the likes of Midge Ure, the Bay City Rollers, Sister Sledge and Beverley Craven.

Now in its seventh year, the Sunshine Music Festival at Fish Meadow, Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire has sold out all its weekend passes for the 2016 edition over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

As well as the main stage featuring a host of very well-known musical bands and performers, the festival will also present a Variety Stage.

Scheduled to perform within this arena are Bobby Davro, Mick Miller, Kiki Dee and famous funnyman Jimmy, who will be on stage during the evening of the middle day of the festival.

The event starts on Friday 26 August and all stages will continue to present entertainment through to the Sunday.

There are still a limited number of day passes available for each individual session of the festival. For more details please visit the website at http://www.uptonfestival.co.uk/

Jimmy joins co-stars at showbiz event (slideshow)

Jimmy Cricket joined a host of fellow top entertainers at a showbusiness event in Blackpool.

Encore Reunion was organised by performer Hilary O’Neil, who was one of the stars of the 80s TV show Copy Cats, and was hosted at the Viva cabaret venue in Blackpool.

Jimmy, who attended with his wife, May and son, Fr Frankie, was invited to attend by the event sponsor, Nick Thomas from the Qdos Entertainment Company.

It was a who’s who from the world of entertainment as also there were: Bobby Davro, Paul Chuckle (from the Chuckle Brothers), Ken Dodd, Billy Pearce, Krankies, Christopher Biggins, Russ Abbot, Robin Grumbleweed and Little and Large.

“I was thrilled to have been at this unique event and thought it was a sensational night,” said Jimmy.

“I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with my fellow entertainers, some of whom I had not seen in quite some time.

“It was also superb the event was held in Blackpool – the resort famed for its entertainment offer – as all those who went to the Encore Reunion had at one time or another graced the venues of the town.”

The sponsors produced an event brochure, which highlighted the many shows the performers had produced over the years in the resort.

Jimmy featured in a few of these shows at venues such as the South Pier Theatre (no longer standing as it was demolished at the end of the 90s) and the Grand Theatre (located within the town centre).

Click on either of the arrow buttons above to watch a photo slideshow of the event.