• That's Life - Wayne and Jimmy

Jimmy

What is your personal background and how did you start singing?

I started singing in my twenties after Sunday morning football. I’d be in the club having a pint (or two) in the afternoon and there would always be an act on…My mates had been on at me for weeks to sing, so one week I wrote down fours songs on four separate pieces of paper, four songs I’d like to sing, put them in my top pocket and whichever one I pulled out, that’s the one I would sing. My first ever public performance…’Crystal Chandeliers’ by Sydney Devine (in the key of G).

What do you love about the music you perform?

I love to perform songs that get the audience going. Songs that make you sway. Songs that you can’t help but sing-a-long to. Plus with Wayne’s repertoire, our set-list is huge so there will be something for everyone in our show!

Thinking about songs and artists, which would be your top five artists (classic or contemporary) and please refer to any favourite albums or particular songs you may have in your collection.

Come on, that’s a tough one for a music lover like me. ‘(It Looks Like) I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ Tom Jones…’My Way’ Old Blue Eyes…’Home’ Michael Buble…’Send Me The Pillow’ Dean Martin and ‘You’ll Never find’ by Lou Rawls.

What do you like to do to relax and what are your guilty pleasures?

I love to walk…and guilty pleasure…probably too many biscuits! Oh just thought of another guilty pleasure…Sydney Devine. What a showman!

Why should people come to a Singing Cabbies gig?

As Wayne said…it’s good fun. You’ll come along and forget your troubles for a couple of hours which is what it’s all about at the end of the day.

Tell me about a favourite/memorable holiday/break/travel experience and why you would recommend it?

I LOVE my holidays!Two places for me…number one is Benidorm (which I think is the holiday version of the Singing Cabbies) and Florida…I had a great family break there and it was superb!

Favourite film and why?

Braveheart, and the original Jungle Book (you’re never too old!)

Apart from working with each other, which artist past or present would you like to perform with?

Some people may know that I’ve had the honour of singing with Michael Buble in Newcastle…so still to sing with on my wish list are Tom Jones and Gary Barlow.

Which five guests, living or dead, real or fictional, would you have at your dinner party and why?

David Beckham, Jim Carrey, Tom Jones, Freddie Starr and Beyonce!

Wayne

What is your personal background and how did you start singing?

Many years ago my family went to ‘the berries’ in Blairgowrie, Scotland where we would pick berries for the farmer and earn a bit of cash. Obviously no entertainment in the middle of a field so I’d lead the sing-along to make the days go quicker! I started singing more in public thirty years ago. I used to be very shy (believe it or not) and there was no way you would get me on a stage…now, try and stop me!

What do you love about the music you perform?

It’s so eclectic. I sing everything from classical, opera and musicals through to Sinatra, Tom Jones and Elvis. I have to say though, I love to sing George Michael’s ‘A Different Corner’. It sends a shiver down the spine!

Thinking about songs and artists, which would be your top five artists (classic or contemporary) and please refer to any favourite albums or particular songs you may have in your collection.

Where do you begin? Here’s a mixture of songs and artists…Nessun Dorma…’Hear my Heart’ Al Martino…’How Great Thou Art’ by Elvis…Ave Maria and the aforementioned “A Different Corner’ by George Michael.

What do you like to do to relax and what are your guilty pleasures?

Two words – Dundee United! Not a guilty pleasure but a real honour to follow my team!

Why should people come to a Singing Cabbies gig?

Me and Jimmy are all about FUN! We don’t take ourselves too seriously (well not at all seriously) and we sing what the audience wants to hear…it’s a great night with tonnes of audience interaction and a load of laughs!

Tell me about a favourite/memorable holiday/break/travel experience and why you would recommend it?

BUTLINS! I loved Butlins back in the day, with the chalets, entertainment and the Hi-De-Hi atmosphere…real, down-to-earth holidays for all the family.

Favourite film and why? Can I have a few?

OK, here goes…’The Quiet Man’, ‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’ and ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’.

Apart from working with each other, which artist past or present would you like to perform with?

For me, it would have to be Andrea Bocelli and Russell Watson.

Which five guests, living or dead, real or fictional, would you have at your dinner party and why?

John Candy, Steve Martin, Roy Orbison, Freddie Mercury and the great Shirley Bassey