Category: Gigs

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Farmer Copley’s Gig. Pontefract by Philip Barr. Photo’s Phil, Richard, Jane Barr Videos Jenny Sidebottom, Jane On a raw, dreich (Bill Giles favourite weather word) November morning, coinciding with Remembrance Day, the band gathered under a gazebo in the grounds of Farmer Copley’s where an icy breeze did its best to creep into the nether…

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Darby and Joan Gig. Crofton by Philip Barr. Photo’s Phil, Richard Video Stan Hollins The venue – Crofton WMC. The location – Slack Lane; however, there was to be no slacking from Wakeylele as they entertained the Darby and Joan club in fine style to dispel the gloom of a dank November afternoon.  When I…

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Xscape with Wakeylele Band and dancing queen Donna! by Richard Hancock. Photo’s and Videos John Sargent, Jenny Sidebottom & David Burgess Singing Happy Birthday to Charlotte and some uplifting dancing from Donna, an exuberant Xscape staff member were two of many highlights from our Yorkshire Air Ambulance fund raising gig at Castleford on Saturday. Donna…

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Wakeylele Return to the Ridings – again! by Phil Barr. Photo and Videos Jane Barr The Ridings in ‘Wakey’ seem to have become the band’s second home The difference being that on this occasion, a crisp mid- October morning, it was reluctant to let some of us go at the conclusion of the gig but…

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October 1st 2023 Double – Header for Silver Sunday as Wakeylele kick -off New Season at The Ridings, Wakefield and North Featherstone surprise party. 1st Oct 2023 by Philip Barr. Photos John Sargent Part 2 – North Featherstone Surprise Party  So, for some members of the group it was time for a brief break from…

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April 2023 Double – Header for Silver Sunday as Wakeylele kick -off New Season at The Ridings, Wakefield and North Featherstone surprise party. 1st Oct 2023 by Philip Barr. Photos & Videos, jane Barr, Phil, John Sargent, Richard Part 1 – Silver Sunday, Ridings Shopping Centre. In a week where high winds and rain accompanied…

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance Fundraising. September, 2023. Wakeylele Band was the recipient of a framed certificate from Yorkshire Air Ambulance in September acknowledging the band’s fundraising efforts so far this year after their latest performance raised £300 to add to the current total of £2,793.32 All the band members agree it’s been a joy to perform…

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Reporter: Phil Barr Videos/Photos Jenny Sidebottom Wakefield Hospice Butterfly Appeal Gig 12th August, 2023 With David away recharging his batteries in readiness for the Autumn, Pippa bravely stepped into the breach for this Summer Special in the attractive grounds of Wakefield Hospice. A vibrant scene met us as we arrived, with stalls, bunting and the…

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Reporter: Phil Barr Video John Sargent Wakeylele Anniversary Bash St Paul’s Church, Walton (On the site of the Old Tin Tabernacle) 14th July, 2023 With the heatwave of June already a distant memory, the band arrived in drips and drabs ready to show the weather a thing or two on this, the second anniversary of…

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“DAM” Beer Festival –  Friday, 7th July, 2023  by Richard Hancock. Videos John Sargent A year ago at the Newmillerdam Beer Festival we were in the midst of a tumultuous week in politics, as Phill Barr put it, when we were all pondering over whether we were ‘Ready for Rishi’. This time we had more…