John Helm and Dan Bewsher

A Baker’s Dozen gathered at The Feathers for a musical bake-off, with an audience that swelled the total to almost thirty.

The function room was warm as toast and – not that proof was kneaded – we knew everyone would rise to the occasion and become the upper crust.

In fact, it was the best thing since sl…  Okay okay, that’s enough of the pâtisserie puns.

Suffice to say the evening yielded many memorable moments. Click below to listen to them while you read on.


John Helm and Dan Bewsher opened both halves of the evening with sets that included “Land Sky and Sea”, a pagan song by Dahm the Bard, and Van Morrison’s “Star of the County Down” proving along the way how harmoniously the bouzouki and dadgad-tuned guitar sound together.

Joe Lyon

Lynda Degney gave us “That Blue Grass Music” and Tom became “Dr Jazz”. Then Mark Thatcher became ‘Mr Fingers’ and dazzled us with his fret-board finesse.

Joe Lyon sang Donovan’s “To Try For The Sun”, expertly mastering the song’s change of time signature from verse to chorus.

“Can’t Find my Way Back Home” by Stevie Winwood was my contribution, which Colin Campbell hinted might well have been due to “Another Tequila Sunrise”.

Enid Toft and Neil Wilkinson

New Song
A new song from Enid Toft and Neil Wilkinson was “I Give my Heart”, also known as Faith’s Song, written by Welsh songwriter Amy Wadge, from the soundtrack of the BBC drama Keeping Faith.

They followed this with an old favourite, Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, which had the whole room joining in.

“Faith’s Song” (Amy Wadge) performed by Enid and Neil

Richard Ruthin enlisted the help of Mandolin Tom and Mark on bass for a set that included “You Never Can Tell”.

Having gone “Crazy”, Patsy Cline style, Cath Bryan became independently blue with Billie Holiday’s “Love Me or Leave Me”.

‘Mr Blues’, Brian Peters

But it was ‘Mr Blues’ himself, Brian Peters, who gave us the finale spot this week.

Brian became a one-man-band, playing guitar, slide resonator, stomp box, harmonica and yazoo. His sets included classics such as “Dust my Broom” by Elmore James, and he finished off with the 1930s Tommy Johnson song “Big Road Blues”.

We began this piece by talking about bread. So, in the immortal words of the bard, Bill Wagstaff, “If music be the food of love, play on”. 🙂 

Which is exactly what we intend to do again next week.