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121018-0067Come along and listen to a wide range of acoustic music styles from Folk to Country, from Blues to Roots to R&B. Most Thursdays are Singers Nights, with performers doing between two and four songs each. All styles and abilities are welcome.
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141106-2893Acoustics at the venue are good and our audiences respectful. Those who wish, can perform “unplugged”, with voice and instrument mics set so that the performances may be enjoyed by everyone in the audience at a comfortable volume.
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A Brillig Night

Gill, Gilly, Mick and Ian – Jabberwocky

Yes, in the words of the nineteenth-century author Lewis Carroll: ‘Twas brillig. 

And on the subject of Lewis Carroll, how brillig it was to see and hear Jabberwocky back at Ruthin AllStyles. They opened the evening for us with “Handbags and Gladrags” and later they gave us songs from the likes of Chris Rea and The Supremes, plus a lovely song of their own, entitled “Full Moon in Winter”.

Mick, of course, has a long association with the club, harking back to when he was the front man in the band Raven, together with John Rowell and the late Bryn Roberts. In Jabberwocky, he shares the vocals with Gill and Gilly, plays bass guitar and harmonica, accompanying the band’s versatile cornerstone pianist Ian.

Pete Kirkham

Together they perform covers spanning six decades of popular numbers that demonstrate their love of vocal harmony and have built a repertoire that includes many styles and tempos from slow ballads to energetic foot-tappers. Also to their credit, the band have raised almost £11,000 for cancer charities over the past four years.

But it wasn’t just a band night; we had eleven solo performers singing up to three songs each.

Richard Ruthin sang “He Was a Friend of Mine” enlisting the help of his friend Tom Degney to accompany on mandolin. Tom stayed up to play the guitar for his wife Lynda who sang the Christy Moore classic “Ride On”, before doing his own solo spot which included “Darling Nelly Gray”.

Geoff Durno

Glyn Hudson aired two new songs “Bury Me Beneath the Willow” and “Crystal Chandeliers”. Pete Kirkham sang about the “Dirty Old Town” and Joe Lyon told us about “Comedians and Angels”.

Steve Earl’s 2017 song “Girl Upon the Mountain” formed part of my set and “This Old Guitar” was the mainstay of Geoff Durno’s.

Songstress Cath Bryan sang “Crazy Baby” and “Obvious Child”, and Rachael Stanley did an a cappella version of Mike Batt’s “Caravan Song”.

John Williams

The ‘long-distance award’ went to Wirral John Williams who sang one of his own songs, “Peel Island”, and acknowledging that St Valentine’s Day is around the corner, a rather tasty version of Ed Sheeran’s love song “How Would You Feel”.

Then for the finale spot, we called Jabberwocky back onto the stage to send us home with our feet tapping to the 1972 Roxy Music hit, “Virginia Plain”.

Next Week:
It’s another Singers’ Night plus a “Big Spot” by Brandon Ridley who will be showcasing half a dozen songs from his just-released CD.

 


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Ruthin Folk Club, or Ruthin All Styles Music Club as it is now known, meets every Thursday evening at The Feathers Inn, Well Street, Ruthin. Providing some of the best acoustic live music in Denbighshire.  Most nights are ‘Singers Nights’ based upon an open mic or plug in and play format.  Firmly established on the North Wales Folk Club Scene, we welcome visiting musicians, with many coming from all over Denbighshire, Flintshire and Gwynedd and the rest of North Wales, as well as from over the border in Cheshire and the Wirral. All tastes in music are catered for as well as all abilities, so do come along and enjoy the fun.

Ruthin AllStyles Music Club – part of the North Wales live music scene