Kevin Wardman

Well last week we had that beast from the East, John Brindley, descend from Wigan to entertain us, and what a great concert it was.

This week they all came forth from the North to make it yet another brilliant Singers Night.

Pretty much all the performers had travelled from somewhere north of The Feathers, except perhaps for the lovely Cath who’s Hillside retreat is a tad shy of West North West, and the equally lovely Mark Thatcher who lives just around the corner.

Brandon Ridley

This week’s long-distance award went to Tom and Linda Degney who rolled in from Rhos-on-Sea. We had some revellers from Rhyl, a squire from Ysceifiog, a crooner from Rhewl and a delegation from Denbigh.

And it was Sunny Rhyl’s Brandon Ridley who got the proceedings under way in fine style with a couple of numbers recently added to his repertoire including Colter Wall’s “The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie”.

Another Rhylite, Kevin Wardman gave us a brilliant rendition of the Tom Waits’ songs,  “Kentucky Avenue” and the quirky “What’s he Building in There”.

Peter Hodgson is a performer we’ve seen a few times at the Rhyl Folk and Acoustic Club. Tonight he was making his AllStyles debut with the Andrew Combs song, “Too Stoned to Cry”, and “Leave the Light on” by Chris Smithers.

Peter Hodgeson

Tickling the ivories on his electric piano, Bob Hall’s message was “Smile”, Nat King Cole style.

The Degneys did Tim O’Brien’s “Like I Used To Do” with Lynda on vocals and Tom showed off the latest instrument to emerge from his workshop – a rather tasty looking (and sounding) banjo upon which he played “Salt Creek”.

Bob Neale called upon his wife Penni to accompany him on the Fred Rose song “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”, made famous by Willy Nelson. Then Penni flew solo with “When You Love Someone” (Bryan Adams) and that beautiful Emmylou Harris song “You’ll Never Be The Sun”.

It was Jerry Jeff Walker’s 76th birthday, so I marked the occasion by singing his best-known song, “Mr Bojangles”.

Tom Degney

“The White Cockade” and “The Curragh Of Kildare” were two traditional folk songs from Glyn Hudson.

Cath Bryan went all AꓭBA on us with “Winner Takes it All” and David Rees took us back to the 1970s with a double helping of Dr Hook.

Mark Thatcher began the finale spot with John Martyn’s “Spencer the Rover”, followed by a yet unnamed instrumental of his own doing, and ending on John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy”.

And then, Tom Degney (of Rhos on Sea) gave us one final tune on his newly made banjo. It was one he’d written about his home town, aptly called “Rhos in C”.


“What’s He Building in There” – Kevin Wardman