Home Grown Live Music

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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Performing at the Club

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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All Cake and No Bears

It was a night of music, fun, laughter, and cake. In fact, everything but the bear!

The Music, Fun and Laughter, of course, are pretty much a standard feature of our Thursday nights, and this week was no exception.

True, numbers were down due to a ruck of our regulars boarding a charabanc to Butlins in Skegness for the Great British Folk Festival weekend.

But what we lacked in numbers, was more than compensated by the quality of the music provided by a denary of balladeers and troubadours, entertaining just shy of two dozen in the function room at The Feathers.

Happy 65th Birthday Phil

The Cake
The delicious and beautifully decorated chocolate cake was provided by our very own folk-singing Great British Baker, Glyn Hudson, the occasion being the eighty-fifth birthday of long-standing member Phil Jones.

Affectionately known as Phil ‘About the House’ (from the days he ran a DIY shop of that name in the town), Phil has been a loyal member since the club’s very first meeting back in 1996. To this day, he turns up on a fairly regular basis, with Enid on his arm and a that lovely warm smile on his face.

Everything but the Bear

Everything But The Bear is the name of a brand new collaboration between Wirral musicians John Williams and Ann Croenen.

John, of course, is well known to us at Ruthin AllStyles, and we were delighted that they chose our little club for their first public performance as a duo. And what a fabulous performance it was too. A mixture of covers and John’s own compositions, five songs in all, each one testament to how lovely their voices harmonise.

And then John closed the evening in fine style with the Lyle Lovett ballad, “Closing Time”.

The Ten Floor Singers were: Richard Ruthin, Tom and Lynda Degney, Robin the Busker, Jim Cole, Joe Lyon, Bob Hall, John Williams and Ann Croenen (Everything but the Bear), and myself.

Listen to John Williams and Ann Croenen’s lovely version of the Richard Shindell song, “The Last Fare of the Day”

Stop Press!

In coming to our Singers’ Night, John Williams had missed out on the first day of the Great British Folk Festival weekend, but fortune struck when he did eventually arrive at the festival. I will let John take up the story…

I was caught in a fortunate Twist of Fate as I approached the Acoustic Stage carrying my trusty David Oddy cello mandolin. Festival organiser, Stephen Stanley accosted me and asked: “Can you play that?” and “would to like to open the Acoustic Stage this afternoon?”. I didn’t need asking twice, and he said “Okay, you’re on in two minutes”.

It seems they had been let down at the last minute by there opening act. I did a seven song set. The sound in the room was wonderful and the balance through my monitors was perfect. Judging by the applause and fact I sold all thirty of my  CDs,  it must have gone down really well. Steve, and also Alan Ritson from Lincoln City Radio, thanked me, paid me. and then went on to tell me I was booked for 2018!

Woo Hoo! Thanks Guys. That twist of fate has made me smile all weekend.

And there’s more…

December 2017

All Cake and No Bears

November 2017

Grey Thursday

Let The Music Speak For Itself

November 9th Singers’ Night

Speaking of Supergroups…

Banding Together

October 2017

October 19th Singers’ Night

Twelve on the Twelfth

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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