Yes, in the words of the nineteenth-century author Lewis Carroll: ‘Twas brillig.
And on the subject of Lewis Carroll, how brillig it was to see and hear Jabberwocky back at Ruthin AllStyles. They opened the evening for us with “Handbags and Gladrags” and later they gave us songs from the likes of Chris Rea and The Supremes, plus a lovely song of their own, entitled “Full Moon in Winter”.
Mick, of course, has a long association with the club, harking back to when he was the front man in the band Raven, together with John Rowell and the late Bryn Roberts. In Jabberwocky, he shares the vocals with Gill and Gilly, plays bass guitar and harmonica, accompanying the band’s versatile cornerstone pianist Ian.
Together they perform covers spanning six decades of popular numbers that demonstrate their love of vocal harmony and have built a repertoire that includes many styles and tempos from slow ballads to energetic foot-tappers. Also to their credit, the band have raised almost £11,000 for cancer charities over the past four years.
But it wasn’t just a band night; we had eleven solo performers singing up to three songs each.
Richard Ruthin sang “He Was a Friend of Mine” enlisting the help of his friend Tom Degney to accompany on mandolin. Tom stayed up to play the guitar for his wife Lynda who sang the Christy Moore classic “Ride On”, before doing his own solo spot which included “Darling Nelly Gray”.
Glyn Hudson aired two new songs “Bury Me Beneath the Willow” and “Crystal Chandeliers”. Pete Kirkham sang about the “Dirty Old Town” and Joe Lyon told us about “Comedians and Angels”.
Steve Earl’s 2017 song “Girl Upon the Mountain” formed part of my set and “This Old Guitar” was the mainstay of Geoff Durno’s.
Songstress Cath Bryan sang “Crazy Baby” and “Obvious Child”, and Rachael Stanley did an a cappella version of Mike Batt’s “Caravan Song”.
The ‘long-distance award’ went to Wirral John Williams who sang one of his own songs, “Peel Island”, and acknowledging that St Valentine’s Day is around the corner, a rather tasty version of Ed Sheeran’s love song “How Would You Feel”.
Then for the finale spot, we called Jabberwocky back onto the stage to send us home with our feet tapping to the 1972 Roxy Music hit, “Virginia Plain”.
It’s another Singers’ Night plus a “Big Spot” by Brandon Ridley who will be showcasing half a dozen songs from his just-released CD.