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Jimmy Kemp

Jimmy Kemp

Performing on: Friday 31 August

Jimmy moved to Coventry at the beginning of 1980 and almost immediately started busking as a way of making ends meet. Within a year he teamed up Jimmy O'Neill and they formed a duo that was eventually called Jimmy Jimmy. It seemed that everywhere they went crowds would gather to listen and this also lead to a manager, who would secure them a record deal with C.B.S Epic. They played a lot of supports to acts like Simply Red, Paul Young, Howard Jones, and Squeeze and they even played Wembley twice.

After numerous TV and radio appearances including the Tube and Radio One, not forgetting a busk with George Michael, Jimmy Jimmy split and that was when they found out they had a number one in Japan. Jimmy Kemp went back to busking, although he still played the occasional festival, supporting the likes of Peter Case and Deacon Blue. Jimmy never stopped writing and has now amassed close to 300 songs. He was once approached to write for Tina Turner. He is now ready to release his new album Tear In The fabric, a selection of 12 songs which is an accumulation of his work in the last 25 years. Jimmy still pleases crowds in towns from time to time and if you are really lucky you might catch him singing and busking somewhere near you. Ask nicely and he may even play one of his own.