Just pure entertainment

by Ian Begley

CORK native and member of The Overtones, Timmy Matley, has had a very vibrant career since moving to London and is now busy prepping for the upcoming production That’s Entertainment in the Gaiety Theatre.
This week, The Gazette spoke to Matley to find out what a day in his life entails.
“I normally get up between 9.30 and 10am. Now that I’m on the road I try to be a bit heathier than usual and have a bowl of muesli or maybe some eggs and a slice of toast.
“After that, my vocal coach gives me a personalised warm up set just for me. While leading up to a tour you really have to get your voice in shape and since I sing really high in the group I find that a 15 to 20 minute vocal exercise in the morning is really beneficial.
“We then head to rehearsals for around 12 noon in North London and run the show in its entirety to figure out how long it will go on for and find out whereabouts to fit in our gags because The Overtones like to have a bit of banter and interaction with the audience.
“Right before we go on stage we all stand in a circle to have a moment – it’s like a prayer, but we’re ultimately just giving each other words of confidence and it helps to get us focused.
“Whenever I have free time I always make sure to catch up with family and friends.
“While making the first couple of albums we didn’t have a second to catch up with our loved ones, but I have since realised that it is so important to have a healthy balance between work and personal life.”
Asked what type of things he does in his free time, Matley said that he has a passionate love of knitting.
“It all came about when we were stuck for hours on end in a tour van so I basically just picked up some knitting needles and tried my luck at knitting.
“I can only make plain knitting scarves, but when the winter comes I make sure that everyone in the group has a scarf, which they all love. I even got invited to take part in the UK programme The Great British Sewing Bee and ended up winning it, while raising a lot of money for children in need.”
From April 4 to 9 in the Gaiety Theatre, The Overtones will be staring in the highly acclaimed production of That’s Entertainment, alongside Jade McDonald, celebrating the biggest hits of the 40’s and 50’s.
Mately added: “I really can’t wait to get to Dublin. I’m very much looking forward to seeing my mam, sister, cousin and my niece who are coming to see me on the opening night of the production.”

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