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Quintessential Quirk Karen White provided a taste of Australian folk music

Each week when I prepare the room for our music night at The Feathers, the first task is to jack up the pool table onto its trolley and wheel it out of the way.

Imagine my surprise this week when I was confronted by… a coffin! Not just any old coffin either. It was a monster sized coffin with “Shipping to Transylvania” stickers all over it! Worse still it was as heavy as a pool table – but without the trolly! Eventually I managed to drag it into a position were it could be used as a table for the front row. Not so much a coffee table – more of a coffin table! I didn’t dare look inside!

Ah well. It was after all the night before All Hallow’s Eve and I guess it was one of the props for whatever entertainment the pub had lined up for “fright night”.

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Karen White

Our own “eve before fright night” entertainment included a visit from ‘down under’ by singer entertainer Karen White. Karen performs in Australia as the “Quintessential Quirk” and warned us that her songs might be a little ‘risqué’. Although a little bit of “nudge nudge wink wink” never did anybody any harm, and normally goes down well at the club, Karen’s 30 minute showcase was met with a somewhat mixed reaction. Half the audience loved her songs whilst others found some of the Aussie risqué lyrics just a little too near the knuckle.

One song that did succeed in getting everybody on side though, and singing along enthusiastically, was her quite lovely version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

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Glyn with Penni on guitar

For the rest of the evening we had our usual diverse and entertaining collection of floor singers.

Richard kicked things off with “A Lesson Too Late For The Learning” which was very approproate seeing as it was the eve of Tom Paxton’s 78th birthday. Richard was then joined on stage by Tom Degney for “500 Miles Away From Home”.

As always, Tom was much in demand as a support musician and he accompanied Joe Lyon on two Eric Burdon songs: “House of the Rising Sun” and “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstand”. And of course, he provided the music for Lynda’s set comprising “Carolina Star” and “No Stranger To The Rain”.

Ros Ryder took “Just One Look” and husband John observed “She’s Got Something About Her”. He also injected a bit of humour into the proceedings with the grammy award winning song “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh”

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Cath Bryan

George Live gave us Roy Orbison’s “Crying” and Lennon’s “Imagine”, whilst Penni Neale took us from Gershwin’s “Summertime” all the way up Led Zep’s “Stairway to Heaven”

Glyn begged the question “if you can fancy me my dear” in her a cappella version of “The Wedding Song”, I gave my customary nod in the direction of Bob Dylan, and Cath went all Simon and Garfunkel with “Me and Julio Down by the School Yard”.

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Pete Madley with Ian on mandolin

Almost every week we seem to have someone new turn up to do a floor spot. This week it was Pete Madely from Blackburn. Pete was meeting up for a song-writing weekend with his pal Ian who, although he lives 40 miles in the other direction at Llanfechain, has become almost a regular at the club.

After Ian paid tribute to the late great Lou Reed with “A Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache” followed by “Pale Blue Eyes” be swapped his guitar for a mandolin to accompany Pete on a Sam Baker number and one of Pete’s own songs “Long Hair Girl”

All in all it was another great evening at the club.

See you all next week folks!