Sherwood Court Gig – the return of Wakeylele ! written by Philip Barr.
A dozen members from the band’s large pool of talent returned to entertain the residents of Sherwood Court, Kettlethorpe for a matinée performance on Friday, 26th November 2021. Parking in the vicinity was tight and Peter A registered a disapproving look on the face of a local resident who was peering out of her bay window as he parked up – however, the offer of a signed photo and a free ticket for our next gig soon overcame the problem.
Our leader, David led the group, (some of whom were sporting new t – shirts with the band logo not to mention the smart uke stand banners provided by Maria, through a varied and well rehearsed set list. Highlights were provided by Sue’s solo verses from The Carnival is Over and Margaret’s ( Mags) melodic lines from the Springfields Island of Dreams, not forgetting Dave Burgess’s powerful rendition of Jimmy Nail’s Big River and the fetching Hawaiian necklaces worn to accompany the group’ s version of Honolulu Baby.
A short break was followed by a necessarily foreshortened second session thereby depriving the residents of the opportunity to listen to Pop and Mike’s duet but this didn’t detract from the very warm appreciation for our efforts with an open invitation to return.
Special thanks must go to David for skilfully linking songs and managing to cover up the occasional error. ( He was seen to wince and turn his back briefly on us while still strumming the correct chords as a few – un-named individuals decided to insert a chorus of The Blackpool Belle which had been recently omitted. He also had to resist the pressure from a resident who requested a string of George Formby songs!