The regulars were out in force at The Feathers on Thursday, and they came from far and wide.
We had the Degneys from Rhos-on-Sea, Penni from Denbigh, Pete and Cath from Cyffylliog and Joe Lyon from just up the road.
Also, from just down the road, came the inimitable Mike Kendrick, with songs guaranteed to raise a smile.
Joining the local contingent was Ruthin’s newest resident, our very own House Martin, named Neil. And if we are going to get all ornithological, there were also two Robins; one was the Spreckly variety and the other was the Lesser Spotted Busker.
David Rees (left) hails from Ysceifiog, and it was good to see him make his first post-pandemic appearance at Ruthin AllStyles. David is a great songwriter and he treated us to three beautiful emotionally-charged numbers.
It is, of course, always good to have the Tom, Dick and Harry Band at the club, especially as they know how to open the evening in grand style. This week it was made even more special with the very welcome return of their esteemed bass player, John Rowell. Oh, John, how we have missed the magical sound of those exquisitely executed bass runs on your six-string, fretless Dean.
Raphael Callaghan also journeyed from his home on the North Wales coast, to do a floor spot showcasing his excellent blues songs to his own open-tuning slide guitar accompaniment.
And, as he also happens to be the Tom. Dick and Harry band’s occasional fifth member, we got to hear the full band play, including a fabulous rousing finale of Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street with Raphael performing his namesake Raphael Ravenscroft’s iconic saxophone riff on harmonica!
It was a brilliant way to end an absolutely cracking evening.