Jimmy Cricket comes to the Birmingham Irish Centre

Jimmy Cricket

Jimmy Cricket

On Thursday, November 14, the Birmingham Irish Centre is hosting a concert featuring comedian Jimmy Cricket and traditional band Irish Mist.

Jimmy was recently in the news because someone stole his concrete wellie boots from his garden.

The boots, a sculpted tribute to his trademark comedy prop, were given to him as a 50th birthday present by fellow comedian Ken Dodd, who also signed them.

The boots were stolen from Jimmy’s garden in Rochdale, Lancashire, but sadly they’ve not been returned.

Nevertheless, Jimmy has bravely carried on!

The 67-year-old comedian was born James Mulgrew, 17 October 1945, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone. His family left Cookstown when he was two, and Jimmy was brought up in Belfast.

He first rose to fame in the 1970s after winning a TV talent show.

Jimmy was subsequently given his own television series on a show called And There’s More produced by Central Television and notable for including the first TV appearance by Rory Bremner.

He will be bringing his inimical humour and music to the Irish Club. On Thursday 14.

Supporting Jimmy on the night is traditional folk and ballad band Irish Mist.

Irish Mist group

Irish Mist group

Irish Mist are a four-piece traditional / folk band featuring Mal Rogers and Joe Giltrap, as well as All- Ireland accordion and flute champion Eugene Teevan and long time associate, Belfast-born bass/whistle/flute player Brian Aldwinckle.

In the 1970s, Mal and Joe arrived in London from different parts of Ireland. Singer/guitarist Joe Giltrap from Co. Kildare and fiddle player Mal Rogers from Co. Down met by chance and Irish Mist was born.

The duo went on to dominate the London Irish folk scene.

Shane McGowan of The Pogues has gone on record as saying he saw Irish Mist in the 1980s and they were an inspiration to him.

During the 1980s into the 1990s Joe and Mal ran the music pubs The Robey and the Weavers, which presented acts as diverse as the Pogues to the Proclaimers, and from the Bundu Boys to Noel Gallagher. John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) was a local, and Eric Clapton even popped in one evening for a jam session with Joe and Mal.

Irish Mist recorded five albums plus various singles and appeared on countless compilation albums including the chart-topping Green Velvet albums, which earned them gold and silver discs. You can view their video of The Mountains of Mourne from the resulting TV special on Youtube.

Over the years Irish Mist have appeared with all the top names from the Irish folk world including The Dubliners, Christy Moore and De Dannan, with gigs at the Royal Albert Hall, the Dominion and the Gaiety in Dublin.

The band have continued to tour over the decades.

Jimmy Cricket and Irish Mist in Concert, Thursday, November 14. Admission £10

14-20 High St, Birmingham B12 0LN, tel: 0121 622 2314

www.irishcentrebirmingham.co.uk