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Under ( Blue) Portobello Skies – Wakeylele at Manygates 10th August 2022 by Phil Barr. Videos John Sargent, Photos Jane Barr Paul Simon was at the heart of the film Under African Skies and though the scene greeting us as we arrived alongside Manygates Park couldn’t quite replicate images of savannah and exotic wildlife, the…

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“DAM” Beer Festival –  Friday, 8th July, 2022  by Phil Barr. Photos and Videos John Sargent In the midst of a tumultuous week in politics, while some people were busy pondering over whether they were Ready for Rishi, there were no such doubts in the minds of the Wakeylele Band who arrived at the Newmillerdam…

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Wakeylele Headline on Petunia Stage at Walton Open Gardens!  by Phil Barr 3rd July, 2022 Showing little sign of tour fatigue, the band arrived at the first of two gardens, a very pleasant green and partly shaded area in front of the owner’s house off School Lane in Walton  in a positive mood which  matched…

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Raindrops Keep Falling on (Linda’s) Head – Wakeylele make a Splash at Jubilee Gala! by Phil Barr 5th June, 2022 Following swiftly on fromĀ  ‘King’ Richard’s account of the royal treatment and mouthwatering buffet received at Wednesday’s highly praised Crofton bash it was time to display some good old British stoicism of which Her Maj…

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“There are things here to shake and rattle…..” Wakeylele at Crofton WMC 1st June, 2022 ‘Red, White and Blue was the order of the day at Crofton WMC, Wakefield, for the Darby & Joan Celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration. Elsie, resplendent in a red white and blue head scarf was the first to…

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Reporter: Phil Barr A Handful of Songs…..Wakeylele at Sandal Methodist Church with the Sandal Singers 16th May, 2022 ‘On a warm spring evening’… members of the band arrived in the large car park adjoining the church, looking resplendent in ( mainly but not exclusively) black. Carol for instance looked classy in a pretty cerise frock…

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Reporter: Phil Barr Photographs and Videos: John Sargent, Jane Barr On The Road Again…Wakeylele at the White Rose Centre, Leeds 5th May, 2022 After a poignant musical tribute to Peter Harney by a small section of the band the day before at his funeral (which I have been told was received with heartfelt applause) the…

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Peter Harney, effervescent Wakeylele band member, passed in April 2022. Peter really enjoyed his sessions with the band, mostly on Zoom, during the lockdowns, but even through that medium his quick wit and enthusiasm shone brightly. His daughter, Nicola asked if a small group of Wakeylele members could play a couple of songs at his…

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 Easter Bash in the… Spring! (11th April,  2022)    by Phil Barr Following a productive winter season, the band were rewarded with the queen/ king of all buffets at the Spring Cafe, laid on by the team of wonderful volunteers there.    The table decorations alone were worth a visit and the choice and quality of…