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SAn Francisco Bay Blues, Wakeylele Band, Ridings Wakefield May, 2024 Fund Raiser for Yorkshire Air Ambulance ... See MoreSee Less

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Love Really Hurts without You, Wakeylele Band, Ridings Wakefield May, 2024 Fund Raiser for Yorkshire Air Ambulance ... See MoreSee Less

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Let Your Love Flow, Wakeylele Band, Ridings Wakefield May, 2024 Fund Raiser for Yorkshire Air Ambulance ... See MoreSee Less

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Great reporting Phil. Sorry I missed it. Toe fine. All were in great form. Well done. 👍 X

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Wakeylele Band Mid May Gig for Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Ridings Wakefield.  Report by Phil Barr

On a grey morning, not exactly befitting of a scene from the seasonal Darling Buds of May, nineteen members of Wakeylele assembled on the middle floor of the Ridings ready to roll for what looks like being a busy summer schedule. As usual there was the usual mix of elegance and style in the clothes department from the likes of Elsie, Beryl, Thelma, Glyn, Linda, Margaret and Val with Malcolm leading the way for the male contingent with a snazzy, music motif waistcoat and designer stubble. Contrasting with them were what someone referred to as the Bad Boys on the back row who looked like extras for a Western from a previous era. But, no matter, they can play and, in any case, Roy would call himself and his two associates eye candy.
 Onto the music and David began with some nice chord sequences for the purposes of a sound check which turned out to be from The First Cut is the Deepest as well as a few chords from our regular opener, Side by Side which proved to be a confident first number. The Chas and Dave song followed on immediately and it is to be hoped that it did, unlike the title, actually please the majority of the passing folk! We were now well into our stride and everything was going swimmingly until some miscreant failed to pay due attention to the introductory count for Come Up and See Me. Luckily for him(?) David was wearing his Karma hat and, showing admirable restraint, he started again from the top resulting in a near perfect rendition of Steve Harleys song. This temporary blip having been overcome there was a smooth progression to the interval. 
 After a generous 35-minute break the peace was shattered with Pops cry of Wakey - Lele, of which Billy Cotton would again have been proud, thereby kicking off the second half with you know what, followed by two songs from the same year; 1976. Let Your Love Flow and Love Really Hurts Without You. Both went well.   Then after a couple of well worn but still popular numbers came the real test: could we master Sit Down or would we be required to Stand Up as a punishment at the end? Well,  I counted 18 knitted brows of concentration, before we began, (19 including mine (although I couldnt see them as I had forgotten my make - up mirror). The cheers and fist pumping at the end indicated that we could remain seated for the rest of the set which, not surprisingly concluded with a bit of a swagger, not least Sunny Afternoon, which is quite new as a gig number and DBs clever interpretation of the Proclaimers hit; Pop Larkins may even have commented on them being Perfic in fact.
   Thanks go once more to David for keeping us together, helped in no small part by Mags and Val, plus a special mention to 
 Margaret Broadbent who was our main cheerleader today, supported also by Roy and Mags family and Joes wife. The YAA staff also made generous comments and offered moral support on what is a low-key day of the week where each ripple of applause was appreciated. 
 As the band began to dismantle their stands there was a brief brouhaha when Mags berated one or two individuals who attempted to return their stand covers in an unruly fashion, declaring that Maria wouldnt stand for it - Maria, we hope that your toe is feeling better! As this was happening, the owner of the nearby t- shirt design shop seemed to be making enthusiastic noises about the band to Richard, no doubt interested that a suggestion has been made about a set of sweatshirts to make the cooler months of the year more comfortable whilst offering neat practicality. No doubt, discussions will ensue.
Next up is a return to The White Rose Shopping Centre next Friday, 24th May, 10:30 for 11a.m.

News Blog at  https://bit.ly/4bh0IBo

Wakeylele Band Mid May Gig for Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Ridings Wakefield. Report by Phil Barr

On a grey morning, not exactly befitting of a scene from the seasonal Darling Buds of May, nineteen members of Wakeylele assembled on the middle floor of the Ridings ready to roll for what looks like being a busy summer schedule. As usual there was the usual mix of elegance and style in the clothes department from the likes of Elsie, Beryl, Thelma, Glyn, Linda, Margaret and Val with Malcolm leading the way for the male contingent with a snazzy, music motif waistcoat and designer stubble. Contrasting with them were what someone referred to as the Bad Boys on the back row who looked like extras for a Western from a previous era. But, no matter, they can play and, in any case, Roy would call himself and his two associates 'eye candy.'
Onto the music and David began with some nice chord sequences for the purposes of a sound check which turned out to be from The First Cut is the Deepest as well as a few chords from our regular opener, Side by Side which proved to be a confident first number. The Chas and Dave song followed on immediately and it is to be hoped that it did, unlike the title, actually please the majority of the passing folk! We were now well into our stride and everything was going swimmingly until some miscreant failed to pay due attention to the introductory count for Come Up and See Me. Luckily for him(?) David was wearing his Karma 'hat' and, showing admirable restraint, he started again from the top resulting in a near perfect rendition of Steve Harley's song. This temporary blip having been overcome there was a smooth progression to the interval.
After a generous 35-minute break the peace was shattered with Pop's cry of "Wakey - Lele," of which Billy Cotton would again have been proud, thereby kicking off the second half with you know what, followed by two songs from the same year; 1976. Let Your Love Flow and Love Really Hurts Without You. Both went well. Then after a couple of well worn but still popular numbers came the real test: could we master Sit Down or would we be required to Stand Up as a punishment at the end? Well, I counted 18 knitted brows of concentration, before we began, (19 including mine (although I couldn't see them as I had forgotten my make - up mirror). The cheers and fist pumping at the end indicated that we could remain seated for the rest of the set which, not surprisingly concluded with a bit of a swagger, not least Sunny Afternoon, which is quite new as a gig number and DB's clever interpretation of the Proclaimer's hit; Pop Larkins may even have commented on them being 'Perfic' in fact.
Thanks go once more to David for keeping us together, helped in no small part by Mags and Val, plus a special mention to
Margaret Broadbent who was our main cheerleader today, supported also by Roy and Mag's family and Joe's wife. The YAA staff also made generous comments and offered moral support on what is a low-key day of the week where each ripple of applause was appreciated.
As the band began to dismantle their stands there was a brief brouhaha when Mags berated one or two individuals who attempted to return their stand covers in an unruly fashion, declaring that Maria wouldn't stand for it - Maria, we hope that your toe is feeling better! As this was happening, the owner of the nearby t- shirt design shop seemed to be making enthusiastic noises about the band to Richard, no doubt interested that a suggestion has been made about a set of sweatshirts to make the cooler months of the year more comfortable whilst offering neat practicality. No doubt, discussions will ensue.
Next up is a return to The White Rose Shopping Centre next Friday, 24th May, 10:30 for 11a.m.

News Blog at bit.ly/4bh0IBo
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Lovely Bunch of Coconuts. Wakeylele at White Rose Centre Leeds 28th March 2024. Yorkshire Air Ambulance Fundraiser ... See MoreSee Less

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Honolulu Baby. Wakeylele at White Rose Centre Leeds 28th March 2024. Yorkshire Air Ambulance Fundraiser ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago
Wakeylele Easter Eggstravaganza at The White Rose Centre.
28th March, 2024.

Wakeylele rolled up at the White Rose shopping centre brimming with confidence; at Tuesdays practice session Pop and Roy had performed Johnny Cashs Folsom Prison Blues with aplomb while at the end of the evening the whole band received Fulsome praise for their playing and singing from David. 
With the Easter weekend almost upon us the folk of Yorkshire had turned out in force, hoping no doubt, to get close enough to see and hear their favourite ukulele band who were themselves keen to harvest the admiration of their growing fan club. Someone told me that one such fan, disappointed to see that Richard Hancock was missing, was told that he had agreed at short notice to perform a short piece on stage at Stratford, on a Shakespearian - era equivalent of a uke called a lute - kulele. However, despite this setback, there was still a plethora of talent available, all raring to go and soon enough the 11a.m start time arrived and our leader, (who I double - checked did really have his 8 string uke in hand this time), made sure that all eyes were focused on him so as not to miss the cue for the gig opener, Side by Side. 
Another Saturday Night received a favourable reaction to be immediately followed by Bad Moon Rising and once more this proved to get a feverish response to the extent that it crossed my mind that the services of a security man, or heavy, may be needed in future to keep the more excitable elements of the public at a safe distance. Meanwhile the brisk pace continued with an extra dash of colour on show -  Hawaiian garlands accompanying the feel - good music and lyrics of Honolulu Baby with Dave Flatters looking particularly fetching in his. 
Two of the more recent numbers we have been practising, Daydream Believer and Ill never Find Another You, were performed competently; helped by Mags on percussion, Val on bass and Sues vocal power. All contributed to keeping the band together against what David referred to later as the  awful acoustics of the location. Mind you there was more than a hint of trouble at tmill at the start of the interval when Mags feistily confronted members of the back row (see photo), accusing certain elements of racing ahead at times. I had to act quickly to use my chair as a barrier to stop things getting nasty. Fortunately, though, the break prevented further outbursts and peace on Earth prevailed in no time which with Easter Sunday almost upon us was the only Christian thing to do. The remainder of the coffee break thus passed uneventfully apart from one of our husband-and-wife pairings losing each other on the capacious first floor eating area; it was a case of not When Harry Met Sally but When Jenny Lost Mike.
  The second half got underway with renewed zest and following the ubiquitous and raucous Bunch of Coconuts intended to attract the attention of the hordes of Primark shoppers fifty yards away. The set moved seamlessly along with the likes of Love Potion..., Love Really Hurts..., and the can nearly but not quite play it with both eyes closed On the Road Again all proving popular. Then the big test: could we manage to get to the end of Sit Down without a calamity? Well, the answer was, I think, yes, thanks to a combination of less than subtle but necessary vocal and facial cues from David and counting aloud to four from others. This method might not satisfy the purist but needs must at this moment in time! Relieved that this potential banana skin had been overcome, the band powered through to the end and another gig was in the bag in what seemed like record time. 
The YAA staff seemed to be having a very busy morning and it is hoped that their takings reflected this. Thanks once more to them for making us feel welcome. David certainly deserves any plaudits going for his unstinting efforts to coax and encourage his troops in such a lively location and it is to be hoped that he recovers in time for Tuesday. 
The next gig is currently under review - a date at Doncaster races on 27th April for those who are available.

Phil  Barr

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Wakeylele Easter Eggstravaganza at The White Rose Centre.
28th March, 2024.

Wakeylele rolled up at the White Rose shopping centre brimming with confidence; at Tuesday's practice session Pop and Roy had performed Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues with aplomb while at the end of the evening the whole band received Fulsome praise for their playing and singing from David.
With the Easter weekend almost upon us the folk of Yorkshire had turned out in force, hoping no doubt, to get close enough to see and hear their favourite ukulele band who were themselves keen to harvest the admiration of their growing fan club. Someone told me that one such fan, disappointed to see that Richard Hancock was missing, was told that he had agreed at short notice to perform a short piece on stage at Stratford, on a Shakespearian - era equivalent of a uke called a lute - kulele. However, despite this setback, there was still a plethora of talent available, all raring to go and soon enough the 11a.m start time arrived and our leader, (who I double - checked did really have his 8 string uke in hand this time), made sure that all eyes were focused on him so as not to miss the cue for the gig opener, Side by Side.
Another Saturday Night received a favourable reaction to be immediately followed by Bad Moon Rising and once more this proved to get a feverish response to the extent that it crossed my mind that the services of a security man, or 'heavy', may be needed in future to keep the more excitable elements of the public at a safe distance. Meanwhile the brisk pace continued with an extra dash of colour on show - Hawaiian garlands accompanying the feel - good music and lyrics of Honolulu Baby with Dave Flatters looking particularly fetching in his.
Two of the more recent numbers we have been practising, Daydream Believer and I'll never Find Another You, were performed competently; helped by Mags on percussion, Val on bass and Sue's vocal power. All contributed to keeping the band together against what David referred to later as the awful acoustics of the location. Mind you there was more than a hint of 'trouble at t'mill' at the start of the interval when Mags feistily confronted members of the back row (see photo), accusing certain elements of racing ahead at times. I had to act quickly to use my chair as a barrier to stop things getting nasty. Fortunately, though, the break prevented further outbursts and peace on Earth prevailed in no time which with Easter Sunday almost upon us was the only Christian thing to do. The remainder of the coffee break thus passed uneventfully apart from one of our husband-and-wife pairings losing each other on the capacious first floor eating area; it was a case of not When Harry Met Sally but When Jenny Lost Mike.
The second half got underway with renewed zest and following the ubiquitous and raucous Bunch of Coconuts intended to attract the attention of the hordes of Primark shoppers fifty yards away. The set moved seamlessly along with the likes of Love Potion..., Love Really Hurts..., and the 'can nearly but not quite play it with both eyes closed' On the Road Again all proving popular. Then the big test: could we manage to get to the end of Sit Down without a calamity? Well, the answer was, I think, yes, thanks to a combination of less than subtle but necessary vocal and facial cues from David and counting aloud to four from others. This method might not satisfy the purist but needs must at this moment in time! Relieved that this potential banana skin had been overcome, the band powered through to the end and another gig was in the bag in what seemed like record time.
The YAA staff seemed to be having a very busy morning and it is hoped that their takings reflected this. Thanks once more to them for making us feel welcome. David certainly deserves any plaudits going for his unstinting efforts to coax and encourage his troops in such a lively location and it is to be hoped that he recovers in time for Tuesday.
The next gig is currently under review - a date at Doncaster races on 27th April for those who are available.

Phil Barr

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Meet on Tuesdays at  Walton Club Shay Lane Walton

All levels 19:00 to 20:30

Leader David Broadbent [email protected]

 

THE WAKEYLELE BAND

"Seeking to make music together with
a sense of professionalism and
enjoyment."

Wakeylele Band. based in Walton,
Wakefield were previously known as the
"Gaslighter Ukulele Band." We have
existed, in one form or another, since
2018. We have around 50 members. 

We are a non-profit organization and
donate all our proceeds to charity.
We are proud to support the Yorkshire
Air Ambulance service and Wakefield 
Hospice.

Gigs & Events History

May 16 Mid May Gig. YAA Ridings, Wakefield

Mar 28 Easter Eggstravaganza. White Rose Leeds

Mar 16 Spring into Life for YAA Ridings Wakefield

Feb 17 Yorkshire Air Ambulance Ridings Wakefield

Jan 24 Burns Lunch. Gaskell's Restaurant. Wakefield

Jan 24 Yorks Air Ambulance Ridings Wakefield

Dec 23 Celebratory Club Session

Dec 23 Wentbridge House Hotel

Dec 23 Yorks Air Ambulance Ridings Wakefield

Nov 23 Farmer Copley's, Pontefract

Nov 23 Darby and Joan, Crofton

Oct 23  Yorks Air Ambulance Xscape Wakefield

Oct 23  Yorks Air Ambulance Ridings Wakefield

Oct 23  Ted's Surprise Birthday Party

Oct 23  Silver Sunday. Ridings

Aug 23  Wakefield Hospice Butterfly Appeal

July 23  Wakeylele Anniversary. St Paul's

July 23  Newmillerdam Beer Fest

May 23  Yorks Air Ambul'ce. White Rose Leeds

May 23  Old Snydale Care Home

May 23 Walton Coronation Event

May 23 Newmillerdam Gr'n Coronation Event

Apr 23 Celebratory Lunch. The Spring. Sandal

Apr 23 Yorks Air Ambuance Ridings Wakefield

Apr 23 Horbury Uke Fest. Community Centre

Feb 23 Yorks Air Ambulance White Rose,Leeds

Feb 23 Whinn Dale Normanton 

Feb 23 Yorks Air Ambulance Ridings Wakefield

Jan 23 Gaskell's Lunch

Dec 22 Yorks Air Ambulance Ridings Wakefield

Dec 22 Yorks Air Ambulance Ridings Wakefield

18 Nov22  Pippa's Birthday Walton Club

Oct 22 Yorks Air Ambulance Ridings Wakefield

Oct 22 Yorks Air Ambulance White Rose Leeds

Aug 22 Portobello Gala

Jul 22  Newmillerdam Beer Festival

Jul 22  Walton Open Gardens

Jun 22  Stanley Jubilee Gala

Jun 22  Crofton Working Men's Club

May 22 'Uke Can Sing' with Sandal Singers

May 22  Yorks Air Ambulance White Rose Leeds

May 22  Peter Harney Funeral

Apr 22 Easter Lunch - Springs Sandal

Mar 22 Walton Library/Hub Launch

Mar 21  Yorks Air Ambulance Ridings

Dec 21 Yorks Air Ambulance Cannon Hall

Dec 21 Christmas Lunch - Springs Sandal

Dec 21 Kings Croft Pontefract

Nov 21 Sherwood Court, Kettlethorpe

Nov 21 Yorkshire Air Ambulance Ridings

Nov 21 Uke Orchestra of GB. Bradford

Sep 21 Yorks Air Ambulance Ridings Centre

Sep 21  Stan's McMillan Nurse Garden Party

Sep 21  Labyrinth Opening Newmillerdam Green

2021  Wakefield Earth Fest St Paul's

2020  Sherwood Court Kettlethorpe

2020  Manor Care Home Walton

Dec 2019  Kings Arms Xmas Gig

Oct 2019  Horbury Uke Fest