Come along and listen to a wide range of styles from Traditional Folk to Country, from Folk Rock to R&B, from Blues to Jazz. Most Thursdays are Singers Nights, with performers doing between two and four songs each. All styles and abilities are welcome.
There are floor spots available practically every week – even on Guest Nights when the support spot is provided by our seasoned regulars.
Acoustics at the venue are very good and our audiences are respectful and appreciative. It is perfectly possible to perform “unplugged”, reinforced with voice and instrument mics in order that the performances may be enjoyed by everyone in the audience at a comfortable volume.
Our in-house PA system has a foldback monitor, DI boxes and a backline bass amplifier.
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As all our folkie folk were arriving this week, I overheard someone mention Offenbach.
Oh, I thought to myself, I know we are an “all styles” music club, but we are yet to hear any opera being sung. In fact the nearest we’ve ever got to anything classical was a cover of Classical Gas By whom, I’ve long since forgotten.
As it turns out, the reference was not about the 1850s composer Jacques Offenbach, it was to do with Cath Bryan’s escort for the evening, little Chiri.
And no she didn’t. Often bark, that is. 🙂
The charming little rescue doggie did accompany Cath onto the stage at one point, looking very pleased with herself, but happily she refrained from joining in as Cath sang Dylan’s “Man in the Long Black Coat” and Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough”.
Anyway we have now claimed Chiri to replace our previous mascot, Robin the Busker.
The lovable auld sea dog responded to his enforced abdication by barking out “Copperhead Road” and “House of the Rising Sun”.
Faces New and Old
One face we’ve not seen for several months is that belonging to Stephen Croft. It was good to see him back as he took us beatling down to “Penny Lane” with Mark Thatcher riding shotgun on bass guitar. Then Mark took up his acoustic and sang “Goodbye Blackberry Way” – with Stephen riding shotgun.
Another face from even further back was Geoff Durno, who proceeded to take us way way back in time with that great sing-along, “My Old Man Said Follow The Van”.
The last time Geoff was at the club, he recalls that we were singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Glyn Hudson, as indeed we did this week! Please don’t leave it another year Geoff, we do enjoy your music.
We were blessed with more than our usual share of regulars too. No fewer than eighteen performers in all, provided a fabulous evenings entertainment.
And in the finale spot… a brand new face. Chester musician Will Riding had popped along to see what our club was all about, said nice things about us, and promised to return. Well we certainly hope he does, for it turns out he’s a talented songwriter and a fine guitarist.
Will sang three of his own compositions, finishing the evening off with a lovely, touching, song called “Favourite Shoes”.
This evening’s roll call:
John and Ros Ryder, Tom and Lynda Degney, Bob and Penni Neale, Glyn Hudson, Richard Davies, John Bass, Stephen Croft, Mark Thatcher, Chris Birchall, Joe Lyon, Cath Bryan, Rocking Robin, the two Geoffs, Durno and Hollis, and Will Riding.
Ruthin AllStyles’ 20th Anniversary Celebrations! It’s a 7.30pm start. Come early to secure a floor spot.
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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