What a bumper turn-out for the Ruthin AllStyles Christmas Knees-up. Fifty party-goers filled the function room at The Feathers with fun, laughter, cake crumbs – and music of course, provided by no fewer than twenty-two performers.

And did you ever wonder what happened to Pan’s People? Well as you can see from this clip, reminiscent of a 1970s Top of the Pops, they were alive and kicking, busting some cool moves to the sound of Harr E King Robertson’s cover of “Stand by Me”.

The music was as varied as the fancy headgear, with a good seasonal sprinkling of Christmas songs. Brian Peters had a whole percussion section strapped to his right foot to accompany his bluesy resonator. John Rowell was kept busy accompanying all and sundry on his six-string fretless bass, before joining Jane Allcock (right) on her crumhorn, which closely resembles an upturned walking stick.

Jane also plays flute, recorder and a whole raft of wind instruments in an unlikely yet harmonious pairing with John’s bass guitar.

Skeet Williams was much in demand too, playing his beautiful new acquisition from Derlwyn Guitars and duetting with the equally beautiful Deborah Jackson.

Amongst many others, the night also included a lovely laid-back instrumental from the fingers of Mark Thatcher, some rousing originals from a tenor guitar-wielding John Williams and a contemporary protest song from Hugh Rowlands.

During the break we consumed a mountain of delicious sandwiches, courtesy of local caterer Ayşe Aydın, augmented by a multitude of buffet items brought along by our members. Plus, of course, the delicious Christmas Cake baked by our singing pâtissier Glyn Hudson.

Joanne McKinstry, from the charity RENEW, gave us an insight to the plight of the refugees.

RENEW
As well as having food, fun and games, I’m proud of the fact the club was also able to help those less fortunate than ourselves by donating the night’s door and tea money to RENEW (Refugee Essentials North East Wales). This is a  local charity group formed to support refugees in crisis by sorting donations and sending much-needed items for refugees fleeing war and persecution in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

We were able to donate over £150 to the appeal which is sending emergency aid for more than 1000 refugees, mainly women and young children, currently living in flimsy summer tents on the Greek island of Leros.

The night’s shakers and movers…
Glyn Hudson, Steve Juckes-Hughes, Chris Birchall, Mark Thatcher, Lynda and Tom Degney, Joe Lyon, Penni Neale, Wendy and Richard Eastwood, Skeet Williams and Deborah Jackson, John Williams, Brian Peters, Hugh Rolands, Cath Bryan and Pete Kirkham, Vicky and Paul Riley, Luis Riley, Jane Allcock and John Bass, Harry Robertson.

Don’t forget, there is no music night on the 19th – so you can indulge in some late-night Christmas shopping. We’d like to wish you all a very Musical Christmas and a Harmonious New Year. We’ll all meet up again at The Feathers on January 9th.