James Christian on the bodhrán

It was indeed a bumper night at The Feathers this week.

Thirty-seven through the door, twenty-two of whom variously sang, percussed, plucked, strummed or bowed, providing a full and varied evening of entertainment.

It was good to welcome some new faces too, both in the audience and performers.


Tim Eastwood

Tim Eastwood

One of those was James Christian who plays the bodhrán with Celtic band The O’Marleys.


He brought that very same Irish drum along on this, his first visit, and provided accompaniment for Tim Eastwood’s spot which put a new “drum and bass” twist on the Beatles’ “Penny Lane” and “Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite”.

Then Lynne, who came along with James, took up the same weapon to accompany Jim on his fiddle.


Robin Wynne Jones

Several other impromptu collaborations followed.

Tim accompanied Robin as he performed Christy Moore’s “Ride On” and was joined by Tom Degney to accompany Richard whose set included a great version of “The Boxer”.

Penni Neale provided backing vocals for her husband Bob and, being the eve of what would have been Johnny Cash’s 88th birthday, they chose to cover a song that the great ‘Man in Black’ had recorded on four separate occasions, Blake Higgs’ “Delia’s Gone”.


Bob and Penni Neale

Tom and Lynda gave us songs by Tim O’Brien and The New Grass Revival.  And John and Ros covered Jeff Lynne and Nancy Sinatra.

With accompaniment by Neil on guitar, Enid’s first song was Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” that she had translated into Welsh.

And as lovely as that was, when she then sang “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” the whole room held on to every word and every note before bursting into rapturous applause.


Brian Connaughton

Also making his AllStyles début was Brian Connaughton. With a great voice and fine guitar technique, Brian treated us to two songs, “Good Pair of Wings” and “Mary Mary”, that he normally performs with his Llangollen based band The Glaaswalkers.

Brian was introduced to the club by Skeet, who was up next with two songs, “Cariad” and “Peace Jig”.

If you enjoy Skeet’s style of finger-pickin’ goodness you can hear them again on his brand new YouTube Channel, SkeetGuitar and click the “Subscribe” button to be notified of any new tracks as and when he uploads them.

Skeet Williams

Skeet Williams

Joe’s did songs by Carol King and The Beatles, Peter Leslie sang Kieran Halpin and James Taylor, and Colin Campbell did a cool version of “Bus Stop” by The Hollies.

Glyn sang “Time” and that annoyingly adictive “Nya Nya” song that we all love to join in with regardless, and Chris played Merry Hell – or at least, he sang one of their songs 🙂

We heard two new self penned songs from Mike Whittaker, “In The Lonely Hours” and “I Want To Go Home”.  And then, to send us home, Penni gave us “Dirty Rain” and “The Nearness of You”.

Lots of lovely music from lots of lovely people.

More of the same next week folks!

Richard Davies with Tim and Tom

Richard Davies with Tim and Tom

Jim on the fiddle accompanied by Linne

Jim on the fiddle accompanied by Lynne

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