GARRY THE HAT

Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON -

●● IF there was ever a point to the tele­vi­sion show the X Fac­tor it has surely long since ex­pired.

The ‘au­di­tions’ have passed and it has moved in­ex­orably into the ac­tual com­pe­ti­tion.

For this par­tic­u­lar viewer, the au­di­tions are the au­ral equiv­a­lent of wa­ter board­ing.

Many thou­sands of en­trants turn up ev­ery sea­son and maybe 1 in 1,000 of them has any raw tal­ent at all, those might pass through to what they call the tele­vised rounds.

Sev­eral of the rest may be very good look­ing. They might pass through.

Oth­ers may have some tal­ent, some ex­pe­ri­ence and have spent some years hon­ing what they have by play­ing live. Some of th­ese will get through.

Many per­sonal ac­quain­tances who are blessed with gen­uine tal­ent have re­alised, that for some­one with real as­pi­ra­tions of a ca­reer in mu­sic then it is per­haps best avoided.

To any fu­ture wannabes my ad­vice would be to join a band, get out there and en­joy your­selves. If you’ve got it, we’ll no­tice.

A few weeks back I was at George Borowski’s home help­ing him cel­e­brate his birth­day.

Un­sur­pris­ingly there were many per­form­ers there and while sit­ting around the chiminea in the gar­den, a sin­garound broke out.

A young lady called Krys­tal Cooper, although still re­cov­er­ing from a se­ri­ous throat in­fec­tion treated us to two or three songs ac­com­pa­nied by Tr­ish Watt (amaz­ing gui­tarist). A truly world class singer and she turned us all to stone when she sang. In­evitably a non-per­former present asked “why don’t you try X fac­tor?” “No thank-you” was the re­sponse. Wise kid, she de­serves suc­cess. ●● I AM imag­in­ing the re­view I will be writ­ing next week for this Thurs­day night’s gig at Ron­nies (ex Kiva) on Mill Street. I could almost write it now be­fore even hav­ing seen it.

The great Bernie Mars­den, found­ing gui­tarist of rock leg­ends Whites­nake, is per­form­ing as Jim Kirk­patrick and Heavy Weather’s guest. I have seen them work to­gether be­fore, as good as it gets. Do it. You can pay on the door. For lots more ideas visit our web­site, thethread. org.uk. The Thread is your lo­cal e-guide, keep­ing you up to date with what’s hap­pen­ing in Mac­cles­field. We’re on air with Canal­side’s ‘The Thread’ 102.8FM and on­line at thethread.org. uk bring­ing you news, reviews and the most com­pre­hen­sive What’s On guide yet. Do you want reg­u­lar up­dates about what’s on in and around town? Follow us on twit­ter @ thethread­macc or on face­book Cinemac: Her­itage Cen­tre, Roe Street, Mac­cles­field, SK11 6UT. Recorded In­for­ma­tion: 01625 423535, in­quiries: 07871 422937. Show­ing This Week: Effie Gray (12A) Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles (12A). To con­firm list­ings times, for more in­for­ma­tion and book­ings go to www. cinemac.org.uk or con­tact 01625 423535 Sec­ond from Last in the Sack Race, The Bolling­ton Fes­ti­val Play­ers: This play traces the ups and downs in the life of Henry Pratt. Born in 1935, Henry’s child­hood is dis­rupted first by war, then by the death of his mother and fa­ther. Henry is packed off to prep school and then pub­lic school and then lives with grown-up cousin Hilda. Tick­ets adults £9, con­ces­sions £8 Date: Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 15 to Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 18 Time: 7.30pm. Venue: Bolling­ton Arts Cen­tre, Wellington Road. bfttick­ets@hot­mail.com. Mac­cles­field Art Group’s An­nual Ex­hi­bi­tion of Af­ford­able Art: Wide range of orig­i­nal paint­ings in oil, wa­ter­colour, acrylic, pas­tel and mixed me­dia – vote for your favourite. Also for sale will be prints, hand-made cards, crafts, ceram­ics and hand painted silk scarves. All art­works are by lo­cal artists. Mac­cles­field Art Group pro­vides a fo­cus for leisure painters in the Mac­cles­field area to de­velop and share their artis­tic in­ter­ests. The group has ex­isted for more than 50 years with the ex­hi­bi­tion a popular event in the cul­tural cal­en­dar. Date: Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 16 to Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 25 Venue: Mac­cles­field Li­brary, Jor­dan­gate. www.mac­cles­field

art­group.co.uk. Up Close and Per­sonal - An Evening with Mac­cles­field Town Foot­ball Club: An evening of en­ter­tain­ment ded­i­cated to fans of the club. A chance to meet and chat with play­ers, man­agers and staff. Doors open at 7pm and the evening starts at 7.30pm. Tick­ets, £5, which in­clude food, can be pur­chased from the club shop or re­cep­tion. Venue: McIlroy Suite, Moss Rose Date: Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 16 Time: 7pm Ox­jam Sand­wich: Mu­si­cians in Mac­cles­field will play their part in the UK’s big­gest ever char­ity mu­sic fes­ti­val. Ox­jam will be tak­ing over Mac­cles­field from Oc­to­ber 17 to 19. The town cen­tre will be trans­formed into a fes­ti­val of live mu­sic, there will be artists play­ing in mul­ti­ple venues across Mac­cles­field for free and will be rais­ing money for Ox­fam’s work fight­ing poverty around the world. Date: Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 17 to Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 19 Time: Var­i­ous Venue: Var­i­ous. Ox­jam mac­cles­field2014@gmail. com. 07949 000943 Mac­cles­field Golf Club: Golf Day in aid of East Cheshire Hospice. Non-golfers are wel­comed to join play­ers for the evening din­ner. £220 per team, which in­cludes cof­fee and ba­con sand­wich on ar­rival, round of golf and evening din­ner. £100 to spon­sor a hole. £20 for evening din­ner only. Date: Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 17 Time: 9am to 9pm. Venue: Mac­cles­field Golf Club, 01625 501432 SUSO­parachute An­nual Fundraiser Reach For The Skies!: Speak­ing Up, Speak­ing Out will be hold­ing a tombola and silent auc­tion. Last year was a great suc­cess and it is hugely im­por­tant that we raise aware­ness of our great char­ity, and in our last year of Big Lot­tery fund­ing it’s vi­tal that we raise much-needed funds to carry on the great work at SUSO­parachute. Date: Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 17 Time: 7pm to late Venue: Ma­sonic Hall, Oak­leigh House, Rise­ley Street. www.macc­suso. org.uk

Smile!Smile!Smile! Con­cert from Blast from the Past: To mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the First World War, Blast from the Past use mu­sic and song to tell the story of the ‘War To End All Wars’. Tick­ets cost £10 and can be bought from the Old Sun­day School Shop at The Old Sun­day School. Date: Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 18 Time: 7.30pm Venue: Old Sun­day School, Roe Street. 01625 613210 Bear Hunt at Bolling­ton Li­brary: We’re all go­ing on a Bear Hunt start­ing at 10am, a story in the li­brary fol­lowed by a bear hunt in the Rec across the road (weather per­mit­ting). Back to the li­brary for re­fresh­ments. Chil­dren must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. Tick­ets on the day £2. Date: Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 21 Time: 10am Venue: Bolling­ton Li­brary, Palmer­ston Street, Bolling­ton Con­tact: 01625 378266. While ev­ery care is taken in putting to­gether our ‘Whats On’ we can take no re­spon­si­bil­ity for in­ac­cu­ra­cies or change of events. Con­tact the venue to check de­tails be­fore leav­ing home.

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