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Interviewed by cousin on Black Country Radio about Christmas CD!

Jimmy CricketJimmy Cricket was interviewed on the radio by a relative recently!

The Northern Irish comedian chatted to his cousin Pat Breslin, who as well as being a professional entertainer himself, is a presenter on Black Country Radio, which broadcasts across part of the West Midlands.

Jimmy was asked about his Christmas CD,  Santa bring my wellies back to me, which first went on sale two years ago and has now sold around 1600 copies.

Jimmy posted on social media: “Was interviewed by my cousin Pat Breslin! Listen to our chat here, as we also promote my Christmas CD, with all the proceeds going to ⁦

The interview with Jimmy begins at 2:05:20; towards the top of the page on the link above, press the play button (arrow pointing right) and then drag the white circle along the black band to this time.

Famous funnyman Jimmy said that when another 400 copies of the CD have been sold, it will have raised £10,000 for the hospice.

The name of the CD relates to the theft several years ago of concrete wellington boots (below right)  given to Rochdale-based Jimmy by friend and fellow comedian, the late Sir Ken Dodd. They were never recovered.

All proceeds go to Francis House Children’s Hospice which is based in south Manchester and is a favourite charity of Jimmy’s.

The wellies were given by Ken Dodd to Jimmy Cricket

  • In a special offer only for Christmas 2018,  Jimmy is offering his Christmas CD and his DVD Pull Your Seats Forward, which is based on a live performance, both for the same price (£12 including P&P) and Jimmy  will send half the money to charity.

For more details about this special offer, go here.

 

Several BBC radio chats scheduled for November

‘Comical surprises’ at Christmas CD launch

Jimmy Cricket’s new Christmas CD is in aid of the Francis House Children’s Hospice

Jimmy Cricket’s new Christmas CD in aid of the Francis House Children’s Hospice is set to be officially launched – and some surprises are expected!

The CD,  the signature track for which is called Santa bring my wellies back to me, will be formally unveiled at a special event to be held at Francis House in south Manchester on Wednesday 12 October.

The launch will feature famous entertainer Jimmy performing songs from the CD alongside other performers who sang on it, including the St Patrick’s RC Primary School choir from Rochdale. There will also be other comical surprises, which are to be expected given Jimmy’s involvement!

The CD has been available to purchase since the middle of September and Jimmy, 70, has already sold nearly 100 copies through the online shop facility on this website and at some of his live appearances.

It is priced at £5 and features 10 tracks Jimmy has written, alongside a bonus track featuring stand-up with a festive theme.

For those who have not used the website facility, when the PayPal purchase button is pressed, this leads to a new page displaying a purchase summary page within PayPal. The purchaser is then guided through the necessary steps required to buy the Christmas CD.

Please be aware there is an additional £1 added to each PayPal order to cover postage and packaging. There is also an instruction box that appears during the process allowing for any instructions to be entered, for example if the CD is to be signed by Jimmy for someone special.

* Jimmy Cricket’s Christmas CD in aid of the Francis House Children’s Hospice is priced at £5 and will be available for purchase from either the hospice direct or from the shop on this website.

Santa CD is a ‘perfect present for Christmas’

Jimmy Cricket’s Christmas CD on sale

Jimmy Cricket's new Christmas CD, Santa Bring My Wellies Back To Me

Jimmy Cricket has produced a video advert for his new Christmas CD, which is now on sale.

The CD is in aid of the Francis House Children’s Hospice in south Manchester and will be available for purchase either via the online shopping facility on this website or from Francis House direct.

The advert was filmed and edited by Dom Hyndman of Inspired Video. It can be viewed on the homepage of this website and on Jimmy’s YouTube channel.

Note sheet for Jimmy Cricket's Santa Bring My Wellies Back To Me

It wonderfully illustrates the theme top entertainer Jimmy has devised for this CD as Dom spent an afternoon filming one of the recording days at the Gracieland recording studio – owned by Rochdale-born singer, song-writer and actress Lisa Stansfield.

Children from St Patrick’s RC Primary School choir in Rochdale helped Jimmy, 70, with the recording of the CD (picture below).

Jimmy Cricket at the recording of his forthcoming Christmas CD

The advert also features Jimmy himself explaining a bit about the new album, which is titled Santa bring my wellies back to me.

The new Christmas CD will be officially launched at Francis House on the evening of Wednesday 12 October, but copies can be purchased now!

“Those who buy it will know they have made a much-needed contribution to such a worthy cause as Francis House,” said Jimmy.

* Jimmy Cricket’s Christmas CD in aid of the Francis House Children’s Hospice is priced at £5 and be available for purchase from either the hospice direct or from the online shop at Jimmy’s website, www.jimmycricket.co.uk

Jimmy Cricket sang his Christmas CD songs with children from St Patrick's RC School in Rochdale

Santa pays unseasonable visit to Jimmy Cricket’s Christmas CD recording!

Jimmy Cricket with Father Christmas and the choir from St Patrick's RC Primary School in Rochdale

Father Christmas made an unseasonable visit in Rochdale recently when he went to see locally based comedian Jimmy Cricket recording songs for his new CD.

Much-loved entertainer Jimmy was in the middle of putting together the first few songs for his Christmas album at  the Gracieland Studio owned by Rochdale-born singer, song-writer and actress Lisa Stansfield.

Helping him with this was the St Patrick’s RC Primary School choir when Father Christmas stopped by with a special treat – a pair of Jimmy’s famous wellington boots!

This was the perfect gift, as the signature track of Jimmy’s Christmas CD is to do with his famous footwear – Santa bring my wellies back to me.

This CD will be released in September for the Christmas 2016 season and all proceeds are going to the Francis House Children’s Hospice in south Manchester.

Jimmy Cricket at the recording of his forthcoming Christmas CD

Jimmy, 70, said: “It was great that Santa took time out from his off-season to pay us all a visit during what was a very festive recording session, albeit in the middle of summer!

“Santa also landed with a pair of my wellies, which fitted the bill well as the title of the CD is just that!

“Also, I must thank the pupils and staff of St Patrick’s Primary School who all sang their socks off for the songs they are involved with in the album. Their enthusiasm and energy really stood out.

“Add in the sheer professionalism from everyone at Gracieland and this all bodes well for a great Christmas product.

“When it goes on sale in September, those who buy it will know they have made a much-needed contribution to such a worthy cause as Francis House.”

Featured in the photos are Jimmy, Father Christmas and members of the St Patrick’s RC Primary School  choir who are: Roisin Hassett, Ruby Loynd, Gaea Aparis, Liberty Reynolds, Jemima Qureshi and Franchezka Barandino.

* Jimmy’s Christmas CD in aid of the Francis House Children’s Hospice will be out from 1 September. It will be priced at £5 and be available for purchase from either the hospice direct or from the online shop at Jimmy’s website, www.jimmycricket.co.uk

Jimmy Cricket with the choir from St Patrick's RC Primary School in Rochdale

Christmas CD to raise money for Francis House

Jimmy Cricket's Christmas CD will be called Santa bring my wellies back to me

Jimmy Cricket is to produce a Christmas CD in aid of Francis House Children’s Hospice.

It will be entitled Santa bring my wellies back to me, as this will be the signature track on the album.

All the songs have been written by famous entertainer Jimmy and will be recorded at the Gracieland Studio in Rochdale at the beginning of July.

The CD is to cost £5 and will be available from the 1 September, either by contacting Francis House direct or buying online at the shop page on this website through the PayPal facility on offer.

Jimmy, 70, said: “I am delighted I will be able to launch this CD because it has been in the pipeline for several years.

“I am thrilled to once more be raising funds for such a worthy cause. My association with the Francis House Children’s Hospice goes way back and I continue to support this valuable community asset whenever I can.”

‘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.

New CD gives listeners ‘a few surprises’

Jimmy Cricket's Light & Shade

Jimmy Cricket says he has tried to give people who buy his latest musical CD “a few surprises”.

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

The inside sleeve has the following message from the famous entertainer, in which he talks about the history behind the CD, which features a mixture of serious and comedy songs.

 Hiya Folks,

It’s me Jimmy, come closer!

I was asked to write something for this sleeve, so I thought I would do something off the cuff. Get it!

These are the songs I’ve written and performed at my little ‘Jimmy and friends’ nights which I’ve done at St Vincent’s parochial hall in Rochdale over the last few years.

When I do shows I like to give the audience a few surprises and I’ve tried to do the same with this CD.

Sure there’ll be comedy songs that you would associate with Jimmy Cricket, but I’ve also thrown a few serious ones in too! So whether you’re listening in the car, at home, or walking along with your earphones, I hope there is something there for you.

I’d like to mention two people who‘ve been the bedrock of this CD.

Firstly, musical arranger David Carter, whose god given talent enables him to breathe life into my tunes and words.

And record producer Chris Warsop, who has worked tirelessly and painstakingly over the last six months in making sure we had a quality product at the end.

To them I am eternally grateful, as indeed to you for buying it.

ENJOY!

Jimmy Cricket 7th November 2014

Book now to see Jimmy in action

Jimmy Cricket's shows in the first part of 2015

The first venue that famous comedian Jimmy Cricket will be visiting for his 2015 shows around the UK is the Plaza Theatre in Stockport on Sunday (25 January).

With the show scheduled for a 3pm start, there is the chance to have Sunday lunch with all the family, then go along to see him and laugh away the calories! Tickets are priced at £10 (£5 for under 16s).

Jimmy embarks on a tour of Northern Ireland with the You Must Be Joking show next week.

When the veteran entertainer visits the charming Lamproom Theatre in South Yorkshire during February, he will feature in a format that will afford the audience an opportunity to ask him a question, as he brings his Audience with show to the Barnsley region.

Jimmy’s trip to the Victoria Theatre in Halifax on 25 March will be part of a Music Hall show that his good friend, Neil Hurst, is organising.

And he is also looking forward to visiting Bexhill-on-Sea, where the team behind the Bexhill Festival of Music are organising the show he will headline in April.

All the other venues on the list shown above right will also present Jimmy’s Value for a Tenner show.

So if you live in one of the regions Jimmy will be visiting during the first half of 2015, do go along and see him in action.