Dylan Burns

It was another evening of fine music down at Ye Olde Feathers Inn with no fewer than eighteen wandering minstrels – some of whom had wandered a little farther than others.

We are accustomed to welcoming musicians from outwith the lovely Vale of Clwyd. Indeed some of our regulars travel from the North Wales Coast, Tom and Linda Degney for instance, who make the journey from Rhos on Sea each week, come hell or high water.

Wrexham, Chester and The Wirral are not too far either it seems and last week we had a visitor from Porthmadog.

Dylan Burns and his mum Andrea

This week’s long-distance award, however, goes to young Dylan Burns and his mum Andrea who wandered into the Function Room after a mamouth 4,739-mile journey from Portland, Oregon, on the west coast of the US.

They had made a couple of stops along the way, one of which had been at the Gwersyll Yr Urdd centre in Glan-Llyn, near Bala. It was all part of a trip to show Dylan the country of her birth.

Dan Smith

Fourteen-year-old Dylan did an instrumental spot on his fiddle in the first half and after the break, accompanied Andrea who sang us a lovely song in Welsh. It seems Andrea has been keeping the language very much alive since emigrating to the United States in her twenties.

Another youngster playing at the club for the first time was Dan Smith who sang to his own accompaniment on the ukulele.

It was good to see Alan Thompson back at the club with his beautiful self-penned songs. And Enid Toft too, who’s usual accompanist, Penni, is currently out of action through illness. We are all looking forward to Penni’s return but in the meantime, it was good to hear Enid singing a duet with Richard.

Angharad, Lyn and Laura were also in good voice, providing us with some truly lovely close harmonies.


Maybe it’s my age but this bewildered MC can never remember what is the latest version of their band name, so I shall call them “Mamma G and the Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered Bebop Brunettes”.

Suffice to say, we’d had a varied and bewitching range of music and it fell to Deborah Jackson and Skeet Williams to fill the finale spot, which they did in fine style with their own song, “The Trouble with Wanting”, the catchy chorus of which had the whole room joining in.

Tonight’s Roll Call: Robin the Busker, Dan Smith, Chris Birchall, Lynda and Tom Degney, Richard Ruthin, Enid Toft, Glyn Hudson, Bewitched Brunettes, Robin Spreckley, Joe Lyon, Alan Thompson, Skeet Williams, Deborah Jackson, Dylan Burns and his Mum, Andrea.