Wally Are Back (Whaddya Mean, ‘Who?!’)
Wally are back – and if that’s not exactly the greatest reunion ever, then it might prod a few memories into life.
The Harrogate band were taken under the wing of ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris after appearing at a new acts contest at London’s Roundhouse (they, er… lost).
Nevertheless Harris got them a deal with Atlantic, and co-produced their first, self-titled album with Rick Wakeman (it was released in 1974).
Wally’s second album, 1975′s Valley Gardens, was co-produced by Harris with the band. But shortly afterwards, they split up.
Last April, the five surviving members of the original line-up got together for a reunion show in Harrogate, which went so well that they’ve just released an album, Montpellier. They are also playing another show in Harrogate: at the Royal Hall on April 17, hosted by that man ‘Whispering’ Bob again.
The original members involved are Roy Webber (vocals/guitar), Paul Middleton (pedal steel/bass), Pete Sage (violin), Roger Narraway (drums) and Nick Glennie-Smith (keyboards).
They’ve been joined by Frank Mizen, who plays a multitude of instruments, and lead guitarist Will Jackson. They replace Paul Gerrett, who died in 2008, and Pete Cosker, who passed away in 1991.
For further details, go to www.wallymusic.co.uk