Well okay, not exactly. It was actually nice and warm and dry in the cosy back room of The Feathers, but all credit to the twelve performers and of course the audience members who turned out despite the weather.
No only that, many of you travelled some distance, coming from Denbigh, Rhyl, Rhos on Sea and Wrexham.
Ironically, it was local member Joe Lyon who got the wettest as the heavens opened halfway through his five minute walk to the club! His first song was “What Have They Done to the Rain”.
Well I’ll tell you what they did, Joe, they piled it all into one big cloud and unleashed it over Ruthin! For his second song he harked back to the summer with “Those Were the Days my Friend”.
Unusually, no-one else sang about rain all evening. Not even Lynda. The nearest she got to a weather report (or prophesy) was John Denver’s “Wild Montana Skies”!
We are accustomed to seeing Tom accompanying Lynda on guitar, as well as providing additional musical backing to many others with his dobro and mandolin, so it made a nice change tonight to have him do a solo spot in which he sang a couple of Tim O’Brien songs.
Robin sang about “Chimes of Freedom” and “Copperhead Road”, Glyn sang about a “Handsome young Man” and Penni sang “Georgia On My Mind” and the Brian Bedford song “What’s the use of Wings if You Can’t Fly“.
John Ryder did a little known Billy Joel number “She’s Got a Way About Her” and a nice a cappella version of “Only Remember” – quite fitting for the day after Remembrance Day.
Yet again we had a new performer turn up for the first time. Young Tyler from Denbigh is just starting out performing in public. She did a lovely set of three numbers “All I Want” by Kodaline, Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” and “Sweet Child of Mine” (Guns and Roses). Hopefully she enjoyed singing at the club as much as we enjoyed listening and that we will see her here again soon.
Making his second visit to Ruthin AllStyles was Ron from Wrexham. His set included “Streets of London” on the 12 string and his own comedy version of “Are You Lonesome Tonight” with a considerable number of lyric changes that had everyone on fits of laughter.
Also from Wrexham, and pretty much a regular now (on the alternate weeks that his own club in Wrexham don’t meet) is Peter Leslie. Peter brought his recently acquired Travel Guitar – a tiny instrument with an epic “acoustic guitar sound” thanks to an under-saddle pick-up. He sang one of his own songs “Through the Winter”, a song called “If Only I Could Turn Back Time” about the demise of the mining industry and Kieran Halpen’s “Love Takes You“.
The finale spot this week was down to Richard Ruthin – who of course comes from Rhyl! 🙂 . With accompaniment from Tom on dobro and mandolin, we’d already heard “500 Miles” and “What Makes Milwaukee Famous” in his earlier set. To finish the evening off in fine style, they gave us “The Same Old Blues” and “Games People Play”.
Next Week (19th November) it’s Merry Hell with support by the AllStyles regulars – so bring your instruments and your best (well rehearsed) songs. See you then folks, it’s gonna be a good one!