GARRY THE HAT
●● 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.