Jim’s set to play gig

Macclesfield Express - - GARRY THE HAT -

I AM still very down­cast at the demise of the Cabin but I am not about to spend months whinge­ing about it, nor am I about to re­vert to trav­el­ling hun­dreds of miles a year try­ing to find de­cent mu­sic to watch.

What I am go­ing to do is work with Kiva and try to help it achieve its po­ten­tial as a live venue.

I be­lieve it has po­ten­tial and the work al­ready done has got it mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

Last week the Hot Ba­nanas put in a rare shift there, their first show in a cou­ple of years.

I was un­able to at­tend but I hope they got the au­di­ence they cer­tainly de­serve.

Be­fore the Cabin closed I was putting Blue­funk pro­mo­tions in there fairly reg­u­larly, one of which was a monthly ap­pear­ance from Jim Kirk­patrick and his su­perb band Heavy Weather.

Jim is a Cheshire lad who has been play­ing reg­u­larly in this area since he was about 15 years old.

He has been a friend of mine now for the last 10 years. In that pe­riod I have watched him grow ex­po­nen­tially as a gui­tarist to where he is now, a world class player tour­ing the globe with Heavy Weather, FM, Bernie Mars­den (of Whites­nake), Chris Cook (from USA) and Thea Gil­more.

I have seen him play with all of the above and many oth­ers. As it stands, his star is still as­cend­ing and has re­cently been in­volved in the de­but re­lease from a band called Diesel. More on them at a later date.

Jim’s monthly gigs for Blue­funk have all been fan­tas­tic and were draw­ing his fans from all over the coun­try. I am not about to lose them, so his next one will be at Kiva on Au­gust 7 and will be an ex­tremely rare ap­pear­ance of the Heavy Weather Big Blues Band with Gun­ner Gun­stone on key­boards and a starstud­ded brass sec­tion.

Roll over BB King, Jim’s back in town. Book tix on blue­funk.wix.com/blues.

●● Jim Kirk­patrick

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