Here are all the references to the Humoresks contained in A.P.Sharpe’s biography of Oakley.

In the summer of 1910 Oakley again formed a concert party and, calling it ‘The Humoresks’, its appearances at several of the better-known seaside resorts was met with such appreciation that bookings for 1911 - up to the third week in October - were taken before the season ended. It was reported at the time that because of the success of the show, Oakley was considering arranging for a second company and the writer added, "We presume he will have to divide his own contributions to the programmes." It was undoubtedly Oakley’s presence that made the shows and a second company was never formed because it would have been impossible for the maestro to be in two places at the same time.

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The Humoresks’ season for 1911 started at Manchester on June 5th and for the following three weeks they played at Aberystwyth, New Brighton and Newport, Mon., appearing for a week in each place. Their July dates were Weston-Super-Mare, Mumbles, Tenby, Plymouth and the North Pier, Blackpool, followed in August by weeks at Manchester, Ilfracombe, Torquay and Penarth and during September giving their highly successful show at Cromer, Lowestoft, Yarmouth and Felixstowe. On October 2nd they commenced a week at Barrow-in-Furness and the following week appeared at Scarborough.

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Oakley’s Humoresks started their (1912) summer season at Torquay and after a strenuous season at the principal coastal resorts all over the country with his concert party, Oakley returned to London on October 14th.

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The (1913) summer season was again spent with his Humoresks all over the country.

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After his 1915 summer season with the Humoresks - greatly restricted because of war conditions – Oakley took the party to South Africa where he toured the principal towns of the Union, scoring an enormous success. The tour lasted six months and when he returned to England, Oakley resumed his concert work, recording and entertaining the troops at home camps.

 

 

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